WilmerHale recently held its inaugural Academic Year-End Review: Current Issues in Higher Education conference in Washington DC. The event, co-hosted with Berkeley Research Group, included two panel discussions on current issues facing college and university attorneys as the 2017–2018 academic year closes. Speakers included a university general counsel, a former Department of Education official, a former administrator of two for-profit higher education institutions, and a managing director of a global public relations and communications firm.
Below are key takeaways from each of the conference sessions.
Crisis Response in the Wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up Movements
In the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, it is critical for in-house counsel to anticipate issues before they arise—and have a plan for responding to crises promptly and effectively. In a lively discussion, panelists offered guidance regarding the proactive steps college and university attorneys can take to prepare for potential crises. Key insights included:
Regulatory, Enforcement and Litigation Issues on the Horizon
Given today’s ever-shifting landscape of regulation, state and federal enforcement and private litigation in higher education, panelists covered recent developments and trends relevant to both nonprofit and for-profit institutions. Noteworthy points included: