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High Times? Medical Marijuana In The Classroom

by Fisher Phillips on

Medical marijuana first became legal in the U.S. more than 20 years ago when, in 1996, California passed its groundbreaking law. Since then, an increasing number of states have passed their own laws to allow the legal use of...more

Tax Reform: Nonprofits and their Executives Brace for Impact

The Senate voted yesterday to begin formal negotiations with the House of Representatives to reconcile their two versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that seeks to make sweeping changes to federal tax law....more

Cybersecurity lapses could cost Title IV eligibility for higher ed

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Data security breaches are an unfortunate reality for almost all businesses in today’s information-driven marketplace. From Target, to Home Depot, to Equifax, data breaches are increasingly common and potentially devastating...more

Updates for Tax-Exempt Organizations from the Senate Bill

Early on December 2, 2017, the Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Senate Bill”). This blog entry describes certain provisions of the Senate Bill that would have the most significant impact on the nonprofit...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Chris Mattei Announces Campaign for Connecticut Attorney General- Democrat Chris Mattei announced his candidacy for Connecticut AG in 2018, switching statewide races and forgoing a previously...more

Senators Introduce Bill To Increase Transparency in Costs and Outcomes of Higher Education

by King & Spalding on

On November 29, 2017, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the “Student Right to Know Before You Go Act,” which would give prospective college students and their families more...more

Understanding And Surviving The Modern Campus Protest Movement

by Fisher Phillips on

Each day we witness various factions in our society establishing a stronger platform from which to launch their voices. It seems what used to be taboo or met with disapproval has now become acceptable speech deserving of a...more

The Tax Cut And Jobs Act: Passed To Make Higher Education Less Attainable?

by Akerman LLP on

Having passed a critical hurdle in the Senate, it appears likely that some version of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act will be passed into law. It is also becoming clear that the passage of this Act will impact higher education by...more

Higher Education, International Students, Trump, and Tuition

College and university officials throughout the nation are closely monitoring the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, often taking stands against significant changes and shifts, such as the Administration’s 2017...more

Religious Institutions Update: November 2017 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - Serious data breaches have become routine in the United States, yet a recent survey shows that the majority of religious institutions do not have a full-time IT professional, have no system to detect a...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

We previously warned readers about the Locky ransomware, which is potent and designed to use phishing emails to lure users to click on links and attachments, including pdfs. Now, researchers at Cylance have discovered...more

A Comparison of Key Provisions for Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Senate weighed in on tax reform by releasing a revised Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” on Nov. 14, 2017. Many provisions of the Chairman’s Mark closely track the House bill, but the two differ substantially...more

Data Security Top Concern for Higher Education IT Professionals

At its annual conference, EDUCAUSE announced that the issue that is at the top of the 2018 Top 10 IT Issues is data security. This is no surprise. It has been the top concern for the past three years....more

The rising sun of HEA reauthorization

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Behind the scenes of the turmoil in Washington this year, congressional staff have been hard at work on the next iteration of the Higher Education Act. At long last, the curtain-raising for HEA reauthorization is expected...more

Updates for Tax-Exempt Organizations from the Senate Markup to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Over the last several days, there have been significant developments relating to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the pending tax reform legislation in Congress. On Thursday, a detailed summary of the Senate Finance Committee’s...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could have Far-reaching Effects on Higher Education

by K&L Gates LLP on

The House of Representatives and the Senate are on a fast track to pass sweeping tax reform legislation that would have widespread implications for colleges and universities, their employees, and their donors. As part...more

Tax Reform: Focus on the Sports Industry

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Over the last several days, there have been significant developments relating to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the pending tax reform legislation in Congress. On Thursday, a detailed summary of the Senate Finance Committee’s...more

Tax Reform and Nonprofits: The Devil’s in the Details

by Morgan Lewis on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, currently under consideration in the US House of Representatives and Senate, proposes fundamental changes to the US tax law affecting all sectors of the economy, including nonprofit organizations....more

Empowerment or Intrusion? The College Transparency Act of 2017

Stating the obvious, college is one of the most important and expensive investments Americans make. In addition to tuition costs, from a consumer perspective, other factors should be important in deciding on a college,...more

Senate Tax Overhaul Bill Slaps Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In what can only be described as a brutal attack on the nonprofit sector, the Senate has proposed sweeping changes that would have dramatic adverse effects on all tax-exempt organizations. Whereas the latest version of the...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Amendments Affecting Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Federal tax reform continues as House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas) offered his second amendment to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts on Nov. 9, modifying recently introduced legislation discussed in...more

The elements of Title IX liability in Feminist Majority Foundation V. University of Mary Washington and K.T.V. Culver-Stockton...

Two recent federal court cases delineate the requisite elements of a Title IX deliberate indifference claim brought by students against educational entities. In Feminist Majority Foundation v. University of Mary Washington,...more

Key-Provisions-Tax-Cuts-Jobs-Act-Tax-Exempt-Organizations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The debate over federal tax reform officially began Nov. 2, 2017, when House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduced H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Several provisions of the legislation affect...more

Current Issues for Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Campus Real Estate, Property Management, Tax Credits The 15th Annual Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers conference was held in San Francisco, where attendees listened to and learned from both in-house and outside counsel at...more

Department of Education Sued in Connection with Recently Issued Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct

• An equal rights group and three individual plaintiffs have filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court in Boston against the Department of Education (ED) and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The complaint alleges that the...more

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