2018 NACUA Annual Conference

Hogan Lovells is a proud Platinum Sponsor of the 2018 NACUA Annual Conference, one of the largest professional conferences dedicated to gathering and educating college and university attorneys and administrators.

See our team speak on the following panels held throughout the conference.

Sunday June 24, 2018 | 3 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

Expectations and Preparation Tips for a Government Investigation | Room: Marquette VI-VII

Michael J. Vernick, partner and Education industry sector lead at Hogan Lovells, will speak with Amy M. Hass, interim vice president and general counsel at the University of Florida, about what to expect and strategies to employ when faced with a government investigation. The panel will be moderated by Mark DiVenzenzo, vice president and general counsel at MIT.

  • Brief overview of government agencies with investigatory authority relevant to higher education institutions and key parts of an investigation
  • Best practices to navigate through a wide array of government investigations; including assembling an effective internal team, whether and when to engage outside legal, communications, and/or other professional service providers
  • Practical tips and tactics in responding to investigations, including decisions regarding conducting a parallel internal investigation and retaining or working with counsel for individuals
  • Strategies for managing various internal constituencies and mitigating crisis or fall out

Monday June 25, 2018 | 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

The Future Is Now: New Technology, Modalities, Accreditation, and Regulation Issues Changing the Face of Higher Education | Room: Marquette VIII-IX

Stephanie J. Gold, partner and Education practice lead at Hogan Lovells, is part of a panel discussing new education technology and its role in the accreditation system. Other members of the panel are Barbara Brittingham, president of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., and Paul J. LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University. The panel will be moderated by Lauren Starks, associate general counsel and director of government affairs at Southern New Hampshire University.

  • The latest technology advancements that have the potential to have the greatest impact on education over the next decade
  • The role of the accreditation system - and the opportunities and barriers that it poses in helping new models reach their full potential and serve more students well
  • Key trends in the statutory and regulatory environment which will have significant impacts on innovation across the higher education ecosystem, including the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act
  • Practical issues for attorneys in managing the risks and opportunities of innovation in an uncertain and constantly changing context

Tuesday June 26, 2018 | 9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Federal Research Funding 101: Implications for Your Campus | Room: Marquette VIII-IX

Marta Thompson, senior associate, will join Judy Faubert, associate university counsel at UNC Chapel Hill, in a discussion moderated by Ann K. Adams, associate vice president for research at Northwestern University, on a primer and overview on federal research funding. They will discuss topics including the following:

  • How did we get here? The evolution of federal support for university research
  • What is F&A? How federal funds support the direct and indirect costs of research
  • What costs are allowable? Cost principles and effort reporting
  • What are the compliance implications? University responsibilities related to human and animal research, research misconduct, and conflict of interest and related topics

Tuesday June 26, 2018 | 9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Going Global: Identifying and Managing Risks in Study Abroad | Room: Conrad B-C

Ogechi Muotoh, senior associate, will moderate a panel about setting up programs abroad, including the following topics:

  • Setting up programs abroad: due diligence basics
  • Selecting and preparing students
  • Risk management and responding to emergencies during the program
  • Understanding the evolving regulatory and legal landscape

Tuesday June 26, 2018 | 11 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Let's Get Ready to Rumble: Responding to Faculty and Graduate Student Organizing on Campus | Room: Marquette VIII-IX

Joel Buckman, Senior Associate will be moderating a panel discussing student organizing on campus. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • The latest developments and trends in higher education union organizing
  • Signs union organizing is underway and determining your position
  • Opposing organizing campaigns
  • Managing the election
  • Potential Unfair Labor Practices minefields and how to avoid them

Wednesday June 27, 2018 | 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

International Online Programs: A Brave New World | Room: Marquette I-III

Greg Ferenbach, counsel, will join Michael R. Gradisher, vice president of regulatory and legal affairs at Pearson Online Learning Services, and Alyssa Greenwalk, associate general counsel at Yale University, in a discussion about international online programs. This panel will be moderated by Pietrina Scaraglino, deputy general counsel at New York University.

  • Overview of the international online education landscape: where we are and where we're heading
  • Issues to consider including tax, permanent establishment, educational and other authorizations, and privacy
  • Determining obligations and responsibilities when an online program is supported by a third party

Wednesday June 27, 2018 | 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Domestic and International Partnerships to Expand Student Offerings | Room: The Gallery

Bill Ferreira, partner, will join Christopher A. Bauer, university counsel at Brigham Young University, and Elizabeth Whiston, associate general counsel at New York University, in a discussion about the considerations that must be taken into account when exploring and establishing domestic and international partnerships around the world. This panel will be moderated by Joe Doyle, counsel from the University of Rochester.

  • Opportunities presented by domestic and international partnerships
  • Joint programs, exchange programs, research collaborations, cross-border online programs, internship programs, and specialized consultant arrangements
  • Legal and regulatory challenges
  • Key considerations in structuring a deal
  • Examples of successes and lessons learned


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