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Trouble on Campus: Playbook for Government Investigations and Crisis Management

Event Dates: October 22, 2014
Industries: Higher Education
Services: White Collar and Government Enforcement

From sexual assault to grant fraud, colleges and universities face risks that can lead to government investigations, uncomfortable questions from stakeholders, and unwanted publicity. Saul Ewing LLP will bring thought leaders from leading colleges and universities together for panel discussions with its white collar and higher education practices for a half-day CLE* symposium to help you prepare for and manage a crisis on campus.


  • Kenya Mann Faulkner, vice president of legal affairs and general counsel for the University of Cincinnati, will discuss how to create an internal playbook for responding to a crisis with Joseph F. O’Dea, Jr., chair of Saul Ewing’s Litigation Practice, and James D. Taylor, Jr., vice chair of the firm’s Higher  Education Practice.
  • Lee J. Dobkin, chief counsel for Penn Medicine and deputy general counsel for the University of Pennsylvania, and Cameron Etezady, associate university counsel for Temple University, will discuss how to respond to the government in a crisis, including the art of seeking a declination, with Robert C. Clothier, a partner in the Higher Education Practice.
  • Lisa Rutherford, chief policy officer and general counsel of Amherst College and Allison Newhart, associate general counsel at The Pennsylvania State University, will join with James A. Keller, a partner in the Higher Education Practice, to discuss emerging issues in higher education government enforcement.


Geoff Moulton, a former first assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, will discuss after-action reviews, a process universities can use in connection with a mock crisis to evaluate their ability to comply with the Clery Act and other laws.  Geoff will draw on his experiences reviewing the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s performance in the Jerry Sandusky matter and the ATF’s failed siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas to discuss this process.


The symposium will begin with registration and breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at The Hub CityView, located at 30 South 17th Street  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and conclude at 1:00 p.m. after Geoff Moulton’s address. Following opening remarks at 8:45 a.m., the panel sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Lunch is included.

For more information, contact Christine Lautenbacher at clautenbacher@saul.com or 215-972-1885.





*This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 1.5 hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit. This program has been approved by the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3 hours of total CLE credit.  Of these, 1.5 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism and 0 qualify toward civil trial law, criminal trial law, workers’ compensation law, municipal court law and/or matrimonial law.