January 30 – 31, 2020

Legal Issues Related to Students:  Developments, Trends, and Approaches Defining the Modern Practice of Higher Education Law

Colleges and universities have always traversed legal issues related to students. Perennial issues such as student speech and protests, Greek life, admissions, and financial aid, are today joined by issues such as diversity and inclusion, FERPA, Title IX, and others.  Moreover, the increasing student activism and public scrutiny surrounding these issues has elevated the legal and reputational risk to higher education institutions.  Through the steady tide of change, college and university attorneys have represented their institutional clients while at the same time respecting the core mission of higher education – teaching, research, and innovation benefiting the public good – and the vital roles that academics, staff professionals, and students fill as part of the campus community.  This balancing act among various stakeholders and institutional foundational principles in today’s polarized environment has defined higher education law, resulting in the vibrant and challenging area of practice it is today.

It is therefore as important as ever to remain abreast of the developments, trends, and approaches related to student legal issues. This workshop will focus on a range of perennial and emerging issues that confront colleges and universities. You will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions through plenary and concurrent sessions and engage with your colleagues to discuss these critical matters in small discussion groups.

Opening Plenary with Kevin Kruger

Kevin Kruger, President of NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, will join us to deliver a dynamic Opening Plenary session.  Kevin will highlight the deep history, current state, and future trends of the issues being encountered by those who interact with the student experience at a college or university, from lawyers and student affairs administrators to institutional leadership. 

The Wellness Advantage: Developments in Advancing Well-Being in the Legal Profession

The Workshop will conclude with a legal and ethical perspective on attorney health and wellness, presented by Pamela Carter of the Carter Law Group and the Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, and moderated by Kenya Faulkner, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at The Pennsylvania State University.  This session will review the national dialogue related to mental health and substance abuse issues in the legal profession and review related case studies, decisions, and developments in an acknowledgment that legal issues related to students are some of the most challenging, stressful, and high stakes matters facing lawyers and their campus colleagues both professionally and personally.

Please join NACUA in New Orleans, LA for this opportunity to learn from experts and discuss what’s new and important on legal issues related to students.

Who Should Attend?

This is an intermediate-advanced level program. Registrants will be presumed to have general knowledge of legal issues related to college and university students.  The program is directed to college and university counsel with responsibility for legal issues related to students. Campus administrators such as student affairs officials, Title IX administrators, compliance officers, and others with significant responsibility for or interaction with such issues will also benefit from the program, and after reviewing the program schedule, NACUA members may wish to invite such administrators to attend the program. 

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