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Conference Sponsors

Bond, Schoeneck & King

Bond, Schoeneck & King is a full-service law firm with 275 lawyers and offices across New York State as well as offices in Boston; Kansas City; Naples; West Palm Beach and Red Bank, New Jersey. The higher education attorneys of Bond provide a full range of services to over 100 higher education clients, in addition to the many additional institutions they represent in NCAA compliance and athletics matters through its collegiate sports practice.

Services routinely cover academic, business and student affairs issues; financing and construction matters; NCAA and athletics issues; commercial real estate and environmental matters; labor and employment, employee benefits and immigration matters; as well as charitable giving and development issues. Bond attorneys are active members of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), having served as President and in many other leadership roles within that group.

Bond attorneys are established leaders in the higher education sector, having served as faculty members, in-house counsel and administrators (including interim President, Provost and Dean) at several institutions, giving them a unique perspective on institutional needs. Their participation on the editorial boards of the Journal of College and University Law and NACUANOTES, and as speakers and authors for NACUA, ACE, NACUBO, Educause, NASPA, and CUPA on a variety of subjects of special interest to colleges and universities ensures that they are always familiar with the cutting-edge issues confronting higher education in the 21st century.

Cozen O’Connor

Established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor has over 800 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 32 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 LLC

Faulkner Legal LLC 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 legal advice as outside counsel, drawing on more than twenty years as in-house counsel.  Faulkner Legal provides assistance to organizations with leanly-staffed legal offices or no general counsel, including secondments for interim 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 also serves as an adjudicator and advisor in Title IX and sexual misconduct processes.  Janet Faulkner is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York.

Grand River Solutions, Inc.

Grand River Solutions, Inc., is dedicated to providing services that help campuses, communities, and workplaces develop, effective, practical, and sustainable approaches to equity issues including Title IX, Title VII, VAWA, ADA/504, DEI, and Clery Act compliance. We provide a broad range of consulting services to support and assist an institution in achieving its equity goals. Grand River Solutions’ founders and practitioners come from a background of education, law, human resources, DEI, student conduct, technology, and non- profit service. Our hands-on approach is highly collaborative and unique to each institution. We embrace the individual mission, values, resources, and culture of each school and community, and help lead them to economical solutions that maximize existing resources.

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.


University of Vermont Partners

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