Education-sector organizations must manage law compliance in an environment more complex, intense, and variable than in bygone days. Education institutions face financial pressure, heightened regulatory burdens and government enforcement, keen competition, increased internationalism, and fast-paced technological opportunities and risks. We are attuned to these issues.

Representative experience

Advised several universities on establishment and operation of comprehensive degree-granting campuses abroad, including in China and the Middle East.

Advised a Middle East institution on governance, transactional, regulatory, and intellectual property issues.

Advised on establishment of sites in Africa & Asia for university sponsored projects involving clinical programs, collaborative research, and humanitarian assistance.

Advised universities on, and negotiated agreements related to, international education initiatives such as study abroad centers, student exchange programs, and dual and joint degree programs.

Defended a university against claims by a donor’s heirs that the institution misused the donor’s gift.

Defended a leading research institution in a False Claims Act matter involving more than US$1bn in federal grants from several agencies.

Advised an education institution on consumer protection related investigations by an attorney general and the Federal Trade Commission.

Represented a nonprofit university in a FCA lawsuit against it and its distance education service provider alleging violation of the Higher Education Act incentive payment rule.

Advised many leading universities on board, faculty, administrative staff, and student governance practices and policies.

Served as transaction and education regulatory counsel in an affiliation between a nonprofit university and a nonprofit health professions school for a pathway program and other initiatives.

Serviced as transaction and education regulatory counsel for the buyer of a health professions school.

Served as education regulatory counsel in an affiliation between, and subsequent merger of, two nonprofit higher education institutions.

Advised mandated lead arrangers on the US$360m take-private of a British company with schools throughout Asia by a global private equity firm.

Advised colleges and universities on, and negotiated, contracts with third parties providing support services for distance education programs.

Advised numerous institutions on responses to adverse accreditation actions.

Advised non-U.S. institutions on compliance with U.S. federal student financial aid requirements.

Represented higher education institutions and associations in proceedings before the NLRB concerning its jurisdiction over religious-affiliated institutions.

Education regulatory counsel to the target in an acquisition of an education company that provides alternative programs for students with behavioral, emotional, and academic issues.


Foreign influences on research

In August 2018, National Institute of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins issued a statement recognizing the importance of scientific collaboration while also noting that NIH had become...

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U.S. Department of Education and state of California attempt to reach accord to restore Title IV eligibility to California residents enrolled in distance education courses offered by out-of-state public and nonprofit institutions Education Alert

As widely reported in the news and as discussed in our recent webinar, on 22 July 2019 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) notified institutions that, as a result of the U.S. District...

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Third time's the charm? – U.S. Department of Education issues additional Q&A on implementation of 2016 "borrower defense to repayment" regulations Education Alert

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has issued additional guidance in the form of several supplemental "questions and answers" related to implementation of ED's 2016 "borrower defense to...

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U.S. Department of Education announces changes to College Scorecard, plans for future expansion Education Alert

In late May the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) announced several changes to its College Scorecard, a tool that is intended to help students and their families make informed...

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NIH issues long-awaited guidance on other support, foreign components, and financial conflicts of interest Education Alert

On 10 July 2019 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued its long-awaited guidance addressing grantee disclosure obligations related to researchers' activities outside the United...

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Gainful employment whiplash: 2014 regulations rescinded Education Alert

Although in the past few weeks the U.S. Department of Education (ED) had encouraged institutions to prepare for additional compliance requirements related to gainful employment (GE) that...

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