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Saul Ewing Higher Education Law 301

Event Dates: May 24, 2016
Industries: Higher Education

This interactive course consisting of three, distinct presentations is  designed for higher education in-house counsel and senior management.  The course will feature presentations exploring lessons learned in Title IX cases, as well as the nuts and bolts of an OCR investigation.  Additionally, the course will close with a presentation on employee accommodation considerations. 

This discussion will be held at Saul Ewing’s Boston office, 131 Dartmouth Street, Suite 501, Boston, Massachusetts. The event takes place from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00  p.m. with a cocktail reception to follow. 

Details on each presentation follows below.

The threat of litigation looms for any higher education institution adjudicating a sexual misconduct charge through its internal disciplinary proceedings, regardless of the proceeding’s outcome.  Indeed, both complainant- and respondent-driven lawsuits have increased in recent years. A close examination of those lawsuits highlights certain trends. This presentation, led by James D. Taylor, Jr. and Christina D. Riggs, will explore those trends and offer practical guidance on how to best defend against an anticipated (or filed) lawsuit against your institution.

The second presentation of this course, led by James A. Keller and Zachary W. Berk, will provide a step-by-step, practical overview of what happens at a higher education institution from the moment you receive a letter from OCR until the matter is closed: who, when, what, and more.  This presentation will provide attendees with a playbook for in-house counsel and senior management, should OCR come to your campus.

The final presentation of this course, led by Dena B. Calo, will take a deep dive into the issues associated with faculty and employee accommodations, with discussions on how college and university in-house counsel and senior management should handle employee requests for “reasonable accommodation” under the ADA, Title VII and other state and federal anti-discrimination laws. Dena’s interactive presentation will help attendees understand the many types of “reasonable accommodations” that an employee may request and how to properly respond to ensure legal compliance and avoid potential legal liability. Dena’s segment will include discussion around accommodations for employees with disabilities that are not visible, such as psychiatric disabilities, as well as accommodations not covered under the ADA – like those for transgender employees. She will also discuss new U.S. Supreme Court law on pregnancy and religious accommodations.

For more information, please contact Shannon Duffy at sduffy@saul.com or 215.972.7179.

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This program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 3 credit hours, of which 3 credit hours can be applied toward the substantive requirement, and 0 credit hours can be applied to the ethics requirement. 
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 2 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and zero hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit. 
An Application for Accreditation for this active (3 Substantive Credit Hours) has been submitted to the Commission on Continuing Education of the State of Rhode Island and Maine. 
NHMCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE Requirement. The provider believes this course meets the requirements of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for 180 minutes toward the annual NHMCLE requirement.