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Trump Administration Withdraws Motion Seeking to Limit Court's Stay of Obama's Transgender Bathroom Guidance in Public Schools

There has been much speculation about the Trump administration’s position with respect to LGBTQ rights. We may now have our first glimpse. Just days after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General, the government has...more

Trump DOJ Drops Obama Administration’s Transgender Bathroom Fight

Last week, the Justice Department withdrew the pending legal challenge that had sought to reverse the federal court decision blocking the implementation of the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom policy for public...more

DeVos Confirmed, Oral Arguments Set in Gloucester County, and Congress Introduces Education Legislation

Last week, the United States Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos’ confirmation hearings were contentious, as telephone switchboards in Congress were flooded with constituent calls opposing her...more

State Universities Gain Immunity from IPRs

State Universities Gain Immunity from IPRs - Today, many universities own extensive patent portfolios that are managed by sophisticated tech transfer offices. Universities obtain these patents for many reasons, not the...more

Title IX Implications for Higher Education Institutions Over Peer Gender-Based Harassment

Many higher education institutions are well-versed in Title IX compliance and litigation issues as they relate to gender discrimination claims on account of university conduct, or claims arising out of sexual assaults on...more

How Are You Handling Parents Who Might Not Speak English?

A recent Philadelphia court decision is a welcome reminder for Barley Snyder client school districts to know what is required of them when it comes to dealing with families where the parents or guardians of a student do not...more

New Administration Signals Change on Support of Transgender Guidance

On Friday, the Trump administration signaled that it will not defend the guidance given by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) last May on transgender students’ rights under Title IX of the...more

IP in the mix: M&A Year in Review - 2016

Around the globe and across a wide variety of industry sectors, our IP practice collaborated with our corporate and other practice areas of our firm to provide integrated legal services for our clients and friends on...more

Courts’ Consistent Application of Stevens to State Institutions of Higher Learning

The United States Supreme Court recently declined review of the First Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that the University of Massachusetts Medical School was an “arm of the state,” and thus, not subject to the federal False...more

Saudi Arabia Launches First Education PPP Programme

The latest aspect of Saudi Arabia’s wide-ranging Vision 2030 economic reform initiative has taken a step closer with Tatweer Buildings Company’s (TBC’s) plans to establish the first education public private partnership (PPP)...more

D.C. Circuit hears oral argument on CFPB authority to issue CID to college accrediting organization

Last week, the D. C. Circuit held oral argument in the CFPB’s appeal from the D.C. federal district court’s April 2016 ruling that the CFPB exceeded its statutory authority when it issued a CID to the Accrediting Council for...more

NLRB General Counsel Takes a Bold Stance on Student Athletes

More than a year and a half after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) ruled that Northwestern University’s football players could not form a union, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin announced his...more

Outgoing NLRB General Counsel Targets Private Universities

Over the past two years the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) succeeded in extending that agency’s reach into universities. While public universities are beyond the NLRB’s jurisdiction, the agency’s...more

Federal Legislators Tell NLRB GC Griffin to Rescind His Education Report or Step Aside

Seyfarth Synopsis: Congressional Committee Head Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Subcommittee Chair Tim Walberg (R-MI) ask NLRB General Counsel Griffin to either immediately rescind his January 31 report regarding the purported...more

Guidance For Conducting an I-9 Self-Audit

The idea of an audit by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) is enough to send a chill down any organization’s spine. Audits of organizations’ Forms I-9 had been steadily increasing under the Obama administration,...more

Nashville Islamic Center’s Religious Discrimination Claims Dismissed

A federal district court in Tennessee recently dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction a claim by the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) lawsuit challenging a Tennessee property tax exemption law on religious freedom...more

State AGs Intervene in For-Profit College Accreditor Lawsuit

The attorneys general from five states and Washington, D.C. recently filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit involving the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (“ACICS”), which is pursuing a case...more

Making Different Choices: Navigating University Grievance Procedures Under Title IX in MOORE v. TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Moore v. Temple University serves as a cautionary lesson for those seeking to pursue an action under Title IX of the Education Amendments of...more

2016 M&A Year in Review: Our Shared Success

Around the globe and across a wide variety of industry sectors, we worked on exciting, challenging, and innovative M&A transactions throughout 2016. We are grateful that these transactions propelled us to top 10 M&A rankings...more

President Trump’s Travel Ban: How the Executive Order is Affecting Colleges and Universities

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order on immigration, which bars Syrian refugees from entering the United States indefinitely, suspends all refugee admissions under the U.S. Refugee Admissions...more

Governor Kasich Releases $144 Billion State Budget Proposal - What You Need to Know

Yesterday, Governor Kasich released the executive version of the state’s two-year operating budget (Fiscal Years 2018-2019), which includes proposed spending of over $144 billion during the biennium. Similar to his previous...more

Know Where Your Student Data is Going!

As we move into the second half of the school year, we want to remind districts and charter schools of the importance of securing and protecting student data. Educators use and share student data in dynamic ways that improve...more

FTC and DeVry University Settle False Advertising Claims for $100M

In December 2016, DeVry University agreed to pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations stemming from DeVry’s advertising about the employment rates and salaries of its...more

Retired Teacher Awarded Post-Retirement Benefits For Same-Sex Spouse

In Re: Souderton Area Education Association and Souderton Area School District, Arbitration Award of August 7, 2016 (Arbitrator Joan Parker). Under Pennsylvania law a teacher was not able to legally marry her same-sex spouse...more

Illinois Enacts Law Requiring Schools to Lead Test Their Water Supply

Earlier this week, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a new law requiring Illinois elementary schools and day care centers to test their drinking water sources for lead contamination and notify parents of the results of that...more

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