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Conference Sponsors

Cozen O’Connor

Established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor has over 775 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle-market companies, Cozen O’Connor serves its clients’ needs through 31 offices across two continents. Cozen O’Connor’s Institutional Response Group delivers holistic responses to institutions confronting sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, safety and security issues, and other forms of misconduct. We represent colleges, universities, K-12 educational and other child-serving institutions, as well as corporations, hospitals, religious institutions, and not-for-profit organizations, in connection with policy, compliance, investigations, and governance issues.

Faulkner Legal

Faulkner Legal is a boutique law firm specializing in employment, education and disability law.  Faulkner Legal works with colleges, universities, academic medical centers, non-profits, and education vendors.  Faulkner Legal provides practical advice as outside counsel, drawing on more than twenty years as in-house counsel.  We provide assistance to organizations with leanly-staffed legal offices or no general counsel, including coverage for short-term vacancies.  Janet Elie Faulkner regularly serves as an independent investigator for claims involving employment, Title IX, discrimination, disability, promotion and tenure, athletics, and scientific research issues.  Janet is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont.

Husch Blackwell

Our firm’s higher education practice group is made up of a team of over 35 dedicated attorneys who exclusively serve over 250 colleges and universities across the nation. Our team has more than three decades of experience representing educational institutions, including public and private colleges and universities, research institutions, community colleges, nursing and allied health institutions, proprietary schools, and publicly traded education companies.

The breadth of Husch Blackwell’s higher education practice is only matched by its depth.  Indeed, we advise scores of institutions on students’ rights, nondiscrimination, accreditation, privacy, program development, regulatory approvals, federal student aid, audit, litigation and compliance matters. As an added value to our clients, we also create and deliver customized, preventative training programs tailored for institutional leaders, faculty, staff, and even students.

Together, our attorneys offer a variety of perspectives and experiences relevant to the needs of higher education institutions. Several members of our team also bring valuable industry experience, having worked in-house at educational institutions, as well as entities such as the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of General Counsel, Office for Civil Rights, and Office of Federal Student Aid. Our group also includes attorneys with extensive litigation and trial experience at virtually all state and federal jurisdictional levels, from local tribunals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

We also serve as general counsel to over 20 public and private institutions, offering day-to-day help with managing and navigating the higher education legal landscape. We are intimately familiar with the day-to-day legal demands on colleges and universities, and the unique dynamics, sensitivities and interests of educational institutions and their stakeholders.

Husch Blackwell Resources: Learn more about our Higher Education practice on our website or download our overview of services. Sign-up for our mailing list to receive legal alerts, white papers, and information on our free webinars here.

Jackson Lewis P.C.

At Jackson Lewis P.C., we understand the unique challenges facing higher education institutions and have a team of attorneys focused on your needs. Our team provides advice, counsel, and litigation services to hundreds of colleges and universities across the country, from community colleges, to liberal arts institutions, to research institutions, both public and private.  Our areas of expertise include a range of issues involving students and employees, including Title IX sexual misconduct investigations, hearings, training, and litigation; labor and employment laws; NCAA and gender equity compliance; student discipline; tenure and promotion, OSHA compliance; and a host of others at the forefront of higher education law.

To assist with meeting annual Title IX team training needs, we are offering a series of innovative and engaging recorded modules for Title IX coordinators, investigators, hearing officers, and appellate authorities, plus bonus modules for advisors and campus leadership.  This comprehensive and cost-effective training solution features 15+ hours of industry leading content addressing Title IX sexual harassment obligations and related issues, skills, and best practices; 24/7 on demand access; unlimited sharing within the institution, the ability to download and post all slides as required by current regulations; and tracking features to monitor participation and completion.

Please click here for more information in the form of a flyer, brief trailer, and training module sneak previews.


Colleges and universities need to manage, resolve and prevent conflict throughout their institutions.  JAMS, a worldwide leader in dispute resolution, is singularly qualified to provide a comprehensive range of unique and effective solutions for problems facing students, faculty and administration.  As an external neutral entity, JAMS brings objectivity to disputes affecting the organizations and parties we serve.  Our neutrality and expertise reinforce principles of fairness within otherwise closed systems, which can be particularly beneficial in Title IX programs, for example, where JAMS provides adjudicators, hearing officers, mediators and/or facilitators.  For more information, please contact Jennifer P. Sambito, Esq. at 714.937.8202 or jsambito@jamsadr.com, or visit jamsadr.com/solutions.

Margolis Healy

Margolis Healy and Associates, an affiliate of Cozen O’Connor, is a professional services firm specializing in safety, security, emergency preparedness, and regulatory compliance for all types of communities and workplaces. A market leader with deep roots in security for higher education and K-12, Margolis Healy and Associates now serves a broad client base, including corporate, health care, government, non-profit, and utilities clients as well as those in the education arena.

SPECTRUM Conference

The fourth annual SPECTRUM conference will take place digitally June 28- July 2, 2021.SPECTRUM is the nation’s largest education conference devoted to preventing and responding to sexual and interpersonal violence against members of the LGBTQI+ community.


University of Vermont Partners

College of Education and Social Services
Professional and Continuing Education
Office of General Counsel