Please Join Me At APSCU from June 2-4, 2015

I will be presenting on two topics at the Association for Private Sector Colleges and Universities Annual Convention and Expo: Outcomes 2025 – being held at the Denver Convention Center from June 2nd to the 4th. On Tuesday, I will be presenting “Title IX, the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act” which addresses the concerns about which auditors and CPAs that work with Title IV eligible schools must be aware involving those statues and the recent regulatory developments related to sexual harassment.

On Wednesday, together with colleagues Tim Hatch and Jim Zelenay of Gibson Dunn, Tony Guida of Duane Morris, and Dave Adams, the General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory and Government Affairs of Kaplan, Inc., we will present “Government Regulators & New Theories of Liability: Threat, Menace, Or Much Ado About Nothing?“. My specific presentation will concern the new issue of student loan discharge associated with state law violations committed by Title IV institutions. Its an area in great flux, but could present a significant issue for schools given the Department of Education’s ability to seek recoupment of any discharged loan funds from the institutions involved.

Lastly, on Thursday, together with my colleague Katherine Brodie of Duane Morris, I will present Title IX and Clery Act for Career Schools. This is a broader discussion then the one for the auditors and raises a number of issues for schools.

I hope to see you there.

Please Join Me at the PCCS Conference in Chicago, May 18 & 19

I will be presenting on two topics at the Regions PCCS Conference in Chicago on May 18.  My first presentation will be “The Americans with Disabilities Act & Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: Obligations for Title IV Schools.”  This is largely a primer on ADA and Section 504 concerns, as enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

My second presentation, which has become fairly popular as of late, “Converting to a Non-Profit” addresses the issues associated with converting a for-profit school to a non-profit school.  I may do a post on this in the future addressing these issues.  It’s a fairly interesting transaction that, despite recent scrutiny, many for-profit institutions are considering right now.

Also, my Hogan Marren colleague Pat Edelson will be giving her well regarded presentation “What’s New in Program Reviews: What to Expect, How to Respond” also on May 18th at the PCCS conference.  For those of you who don’t know, Pat is a Title IV expert, having served as a institutional program specialist for over 20 years in the New York Region of the Office for Federal Student Aid, and having served for ten years as a campus director in a publicly traded proprietary school chain before that.  There is simply no one better at understanding FSA, program reviews, and the intricacies of Title IV better than Pat.

Please Join Me at the Practicing Law Institute’s Higher Education Law Workshop on May 1

Please join me on May 1, 2015 in New York at the Practicing Law Institute where my colleague Jane Sovern – the Deputy General Counsel of the City University of New York – and I will be discussing “Title IX and Claims of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in Higher Education” as part of PLI’s “Higher Education Law 2015: Current Issues & Recent Developments.”

This is very much a graduate seminar, where, in addition, to discussing the events of the past year, we try to deal with some of the more thorny issues in Title IX compliance, such as confidentiality requests, the use of mediation, how to handle a concurrent criminal investigation that relates to a mater under Title IX review and the use and limitations on interim measures.  We will also present an analysis of the last year’s enforcement actions from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights that I performed with my former colleague at DLA Piper, Rebecca Smock.

Although there is a cost to the seminar, attorneys do receive continuing legal education credit for attendance.