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A Better Partnership


Jul 2013
July 30, 2013
Higher Education Legal Conference

9 am - 4 pm            

University Club at Michigan State University
3435 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48910

Attorneys who specialize in higher education law will provide the latest information on court cases, laws, guidance from federal agencies and other important issues and significant developments pertaining to the administration of colleges and universities in Michigan.

General Sessions
  • The Future of the NCAA and the Collegiate Model - Kevin Lennon, the NCAA’s VP of Membership and Academic Services, will discuss how colleges can comply – and remain in compliance – with NCAA rules at a time when the focus on athletics is as intense as ever.
  • Higher Ed in the High Courts - The chair of Warner Norcross & Judd’s appellate practice, Matthew Nelson, will address how recent higher education cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts affect Michigan’s colleges and universities.
Roundtable Sessions

These roundtable dicussions will give attendees the opportunity to select the ones they deem most relevant to their campus. Participants and attorney moderators will share experiences and best practices.

  • The OCR’s Latest “Dear Colleague” Letter - In April, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights issued a new “Dear Colleague” letter addressing how it will handle retaliation claims. This group will discuss general campus policies and methods of responding to specific complaints of retaliation.
  • IP Issues and Faculty/Student Research - This session will explore the intellectual property issues surrounding on-campus research, including issues of ownership, control, publication, enforcement and the protection of ideas.
  • Implementing the Affordable Care Act - Colleges and universities are creating timetables, modifying benefits packages and calculating costs associated with health-care reform. As dealines loom, we’ll discuss the latest guidance and review the aspects of the 20,000-page law that are most relevant to institutions of higher education.
  • Responding to Discrimination Claims - How a college reacts when a student, faculty member or other employee alleges discrimination can significantly influence the outcome of the claim. This panel will share war stories and lessons learned in investigating and responding to these claims.
  • Grading and the Law - What sort of legal exposure exists when an instructor issues a poor grade to a student? This roundtable will review the relevant case law and legal theories and discuss the practical realities of grading and a campus-wide grading policy.
  • Medical Marijuana on Campus - State law currently allows for medical marijuana, and some municipalities have decriminalized use altogether. This group will discuss campus drug policies and enforcement in this new legal environment.
Agenda Overview

9:00 - 9:45 am  Registration
9:45 - 4:00 pm  General Sessions, Roundtable Sessionsand Lunch
4:00 pm  Cocktail Reception


Register by July 26, 2012 online on the form below.


This is a complimentary program.

Directions & Parking

University Club at Michigan State University
3435 Forest Road
Lansing, MI 48910

The University Club is conveniently and centrally located on the southwest corner of the Michigan State University campus. In addition to the main University Club parking lot, attendees may park in the auxiliary lot on the south side of Forest Road.


If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Sharon Sprague at 616.752.2326 or

NOTICE. Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you.

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