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Practical legal solutions in public and private education law.

For more than a century, Husch Blackwell has been committed to the advancement of knowledge. Our Education law team has built a reputation as a leader in representing public and private institutions at all levels of learning, from preschool through graduate and professional education.

We advise clients on civil rights issues, technology, employment, land use transactions, student affairs and myriad other issues. Based on our thorough understanding of each institution’s unique culture and operations, we recommend actions that advance each client’s goals. We also provide outside general counsel to many educational institutions.

Learn more about our guidance to clients in the education sector:

Articles | November 21, 2018
University Business: A look into a hefty Clery Act fine in higher ed

Hayley Hanson and Ben Irwin describe a case study of a Clery Act violation that carried a high fine.

Alerts | September 16, 2018
Department of Education Close to Releasing Proposed Title IX Regulations

As several media outlets have reported and is being widely discussed on social media, the Department of Education (ED) appears to be in the final stages of issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking related to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Alerts | September 10, 2018
Court Gives Respondents Greater Process Protection In Sexual Assault Cases Turning On Credibility

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that the University of Michigan violated a male student’s right to procedural due process when it did not allow him to cross-examine his female accuser in a university sexual-misconduct hearing.  

Articles | June 16, 2018
Kansas City Star: We're of different parties, but agree: Parson has power to name his lieutenant

Lowell Pearson talks about the legality of the appointment of Missouri's new lieutenant governor.

Articles | January 29, 2018
Academic Leader Today: Spotlight on Campus Speech: Five Things To Consider When Addressing Student Protests

Demetrius Peterson offers five considerations for addressing student protests.

Webinar | July 2, 2020
Return to Campus Planning: Practical Considerations in the Age of COVID-19

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | June 30, 2020
Trademark and Copyright Issues in the COVID-19 Era

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | June 22, 2020
Return to Sport from COVID-19

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | May 18, 2020
Final Title IX Regulations and Their Effect on Your District

Issues in Urban Education Webinar Series

Webinar | May 11, 2020
Final Title IX Regulations and Their Effect on Your Campus

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | April 21, 2020
COVID-19: Labor and Employment Issues in Higher Education

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | March 30, 2020
Before the New Title IX Rules Drop

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | March 3, 2020
First Amendment Religious Liberty Issues Affecting Public Education

Issues in Urban Education Webinar Series

Webinar | February 27, 2020
Dismissed! Discipline in Healthcare Education Programs

Academic Medicine Webinar Series

Webinar | February 24, 2020
U.S. Department of Education New Regulations for 2020

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | January 28, 2020
Restorative Justice as a Response to Campus Misconduct

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | December 17, 2019
Alcohol and Other Drugs in Public Schools

Issues in Urban Education Webinar Series

Webinar | December 5, 2019
Annual Higher Education Labor and Employment Law Update

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | November 12, 2019
403(b) Crunch Time

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | October 29, 2019
Faculty Handbooks: Common Issues and Practical Tips

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | October 24, 2019
Interassociation Recommendations: Preventing Catastrophic Injury and Death in College Athletics

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | October 23, 2019
Higher Education Seminar - Grand Rapids
Webinar | September 25, 2019
The Landscape for Higher Education: Greek Life Issues

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | September 2019
Ensuring an Accurate Census Count in 2020

Issues in Urban Education Webinar Series

Webinar | August 27, 2019
They're Back! Addressing Student Health and Safety on Campus

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | August 12, 2019
When Expert Educators Become Export Violators

Academic Medicine Webinar Series

Seminars | July 31 - August 1, 2019
Title IX Workshop - DePaul University
Speaking Engagements | July 31-August 1, 2019
Speaker, "Title IX Training," DePaul University
Speaking Engagements | July 30-31, 2019
Speaker, "Title IX Training," Henderson State University
Speaking Engagements | July 29-30, 2019
Speaker, "Title IX Training," University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Seminars | June 17 - 19, 2019
College and University Presidents' Summit
Seminars | June 12 - 13, 2019
Title IX Workshop - Austin
Webinar | June 12, 2019
Spotlight on Admissions: Legal Considerations, and Dos and Don'ts

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | April 30, 2019
Buzzing Issues in Student Finance

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | April 12, 2019
Annual Higher Education Seminar - Chicago
Seminars | April 12, 2019
School Safety Symposium - April 12, 2019
Seminars | April 11, 2019
Title IX Foundations Workshop
Webinar | April 4, 2019
Student Discipline: Withdrawn Guidance and Best Practices

Issues in Urban Education Webinar Series

Webinar | March 25, 2019
Service and Emotional Support Animals: Managing the Menagerie

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | 2019
Higher Education Title IX Seminars

For more than a century, Husch Blackwell has been committed to the advancement of knowledge. Our Education team is pleased to offer routine training programs on important topics such as Title IX.

Webinar | February 21, 2019
Who's in Charge? Student Athlete Health through Independent Medical Care

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | January 29, 2019
An Interactive Analysis of Common Scenarios Under the FMLA and ADA

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | January 10, 2019
Title IX Workshop - January 10 - 11 2019
Webinar | December 11, 2018
Ensure Your 403(b) Plan is in Compliance - December 11, 2018

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | November 1-2, 2018
Title IX Workshop - Nebraska
Webinar | November 19, 2018
New Proposed Title IX Regulations and their Effect on Your Campus - November 27, 2018

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | November 1-2, 2018
Title IX Workshop - Advanced Concepts in Resolving, Investigating and Adjudicating Sexual Misconduct

Higher Education Group Presents:
Advanced Concepts in Resolving, Investigating
and Adjudicating Sexual Misconduct

Webinar | October 29, 2018
Labor & Employment Law Update, October 29, 2018

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | 10/11/2018
Title IX Foundations
October 11, 2018

As institutions build sexual misconduct response teams in the face of shifting regulation and guidance, they must train investigators to respond to complaints while meeting institutional obligations and protecting the rights of all involved.

Webinar | September 26, 2018
Research Compliance:
Hot Topics in Education & Healthcare Settings
September 26, 2018

Please join the attorneys of Husch Blackwell for a presentation on research compliance issues relevant to Higher Education and Healthcare programs, particularly those in Academic Medical Centers.

Speaking Engagements | September 20, 2018
Speaker, NACUA webinar, Performance Evaluations

Whether your institution is public or private, large or small, or residential or commuter, your college or university likely has a performance evaluation process in place.

Webinar | August 21, 2018
Alcohol and Drugs on Campus and in the Workplace

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | 07/20/2018
Title IX Workshop - July 20, 2018

Your Title IX professionals are invited to join Husch Blackwell’s Higher Education team for a full-day course that goes beyond the basics.

Webinar | 07/17/2018
Are Your Clery Ducks in a Row?
July 17, 2018

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | June 20, 2018
Chicago Live Higher Education Seminar
Webinar | June 14, 2018
Title IX Compliance Update
Seminars | June 12, 2018
Title IX Workshop
Webinar | May 22, 2018
Student Use of Social Media
Seminars | April 27, 2018
St. Louis Live Higher Education Seminar
Seminars | April 20, 2018
2018 Annual Higher Education Seminar
Speaking Engagements | February 22, 2018
Speaker, IAASE Winter Conference
Seminars | February 21 - 22, 2018
Title IX Advanced Concepts Workshop
Webinar | February 20, 2018
Minors on Campus: What Are the Risks?
Webinar | December 5, 2017
403(b) Operational Compliance Assessment
Seminars | November 30 - December 1, 2017
Advanced Title IX Workshop
Webinar | November 29, 2017
The Shifting Title IX Landscape
Seminars | November 3, 2017
Foundations in Title IX
Webinar | July 25, 2017
Diving Deep Into Clery Act Compliance
News Releases | January 21, 2020
Janelle Carter Anderson Joins Husch Blackwell's Chicago Office

Anderson brings a diverse background to her practice with service as in-house counsel to a global healthcare and technology education provider as well as a state university.

News Releases | January 15, 2020
U.S. Council for Athletes' Health and Husch Blackwell Announce Launch of Athletics Healthcare Compliance Platform

The platform operates as an all-in-one tool to assist with the delivery and execution of compliance requirements by all stakeholders in higher education athletic programs.

News Releases | January 13, 2020
Husch Blackwell Lands Two Healthcare Groups in Wisconsin

“That two prominent groups of lawyers from two different firms see the same potential and opportunity at Husch Blackwell speaks volumes about our firm’s commitment to Madison and the larger Wisconsin market,” said Paul Eberle, Husch Blackwell’s Chief Executive.

News Releases | November 19, 2019
Kirstin Salzman Recognized by Ingram's as Top Rainmaker

Salzman is recognized on this list of "top-performing female lawyers" in the Kansas City area.

Media Mentions | September 06, 2019
Law360: Lone Star Laterals
News Releases | September 05, 2019
Jody Rudman Joins Husch Blackwell's Austin Office
News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 06, 2019
Austin Monthly Names 12 From Husch Blackwell as Top Austin Attorneys

The Top Austin Attorney listing was compiled through an online peer-voting process.

News Releases | July 29, 2019
Tyler Hibler Joins Husch Blackwell's Kansas City Office

Hibler, a litigator, has significant experience representing companies and individuals in complex litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.

News Releases | July 19, 2019
Demetrius Peterson Named to Centurions Leadership Program's Fall 2021 Class

The Centurions Leadership Program is a two-year immersion in leadership and community engagement activities.

News Releases | June 06, 2019
Aleks Rushing Named to St. Louis Business Journal's 2019 30 Under 30 Class

The 30 members of the 2019 class were chosen from nearly 300 nominations.

Media Mentions | April 2019
Ingram's 40 Under Forty: The 21st Class
Media Mentions | April 19, 2019
Daily Kos: Black Kos Week in Review
News Releases | April 05, 2019
Husch Blackwell to Host School Safety Symposium

The symposium, aimed at general counsel, superintendents, heads of schools, and board members of public and private schools in Kansas and Missouri, will take place at the firm's Kansas City office.

News Releases | March 22, 2019
Paige Duggins-Clay Named Austin Black Business Journal "Top 20 Up and Coming Lawyer"

Duggins-Clay was noted for “exemplifying the core values of the legal and civic profession."

News Releases | March 19, 2019
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Recognizes Two Husch Blackwell Attorneys with 2019 Women's Justice Awards

Sonni Nolan and Larissa Whittingham are Husch Blackwell's Women's Justice Awards honorees for 2019.

News Releases | February 28, 2019
Seth Mailhot Joins Husch Blackwell's Washington, DC and Sacramento, CA Offices

Seth Mailhot, who has over 20 years of experience with all aspects of FDA regulation, brings to Husch Blackwell a practice that is broad in scope.

Media Mentions | February 11, 2019
Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q4
News Releases | December 10, 2018
Husch Blackwell Elects 25 to Partnership
Media Mentions | November 27, 2018
Inside Higher Ed: What the DeVos Title IX Rule Means for Misconduct Off Campus

Colleges are likely to continue investigating off-campus sexual misconduct with implications for classroom environment despite changes advanced in proposed Title IX rule, higher ed lawyers say. 

News Releases | November 19, 2018
Husch Blackwell Mourns the Passing of Virginia Fry

Husch Blackwell mourns the passing of long-time partner and Executive Board member Virginia Fry.

Media Mentions | November 15, 2018
The Robotics Law Journal: AI a Necessity for Law Firms
News Releases | November 14, 2018
Thomson Reuters' Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2018 Names 58 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell has 58 attorneys in the 2018 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

News Releases | October 30, 2018
Husch Blackwell Names Julie Miceli as Chicago Office Managing Partner

Julie Miceli has been named Office Managing Partner of Husch Blackwell's Chicago office effective November 1, 2018.

Media Mentions | October 30, 2018
Chicago Business Journal People on the Move: Julie Miceli

Husch Blackwell names Julie Miceli Office Managing Partner in Chicago.

Media Mentions | October 26, 2018
Kansas City Business Journal: See Kansas City's Best of the Bar for 2018

Four Husch Blackwell attorneys were selected to the Kansas City Business Journal's 2018 "Best of the Bar."

Media Mentions | October 22, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education: Federal Proposal to Redefine Gender Throws College Policies Into Uncertainty

Scott Schneider is quoted in an article about a Trump administration proposal to redefine gender and how it would affect Title IX protections at colleges and universities.

News Releases | October 11, 2018
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 28 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell is recognized as a top litigation firm in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, with 28 attorneys across six offices listed.

News Releases | September 13, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Names Three Husch Blackwell Associates to 2018 ‘Up & Coming' List

Missouri Lawyers Weekly has named Tanya Maerz, Christina Pyle and Michael Raupp to its 2018 Up & Coming List.

Media Mentions | August 31, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly: Missouri Lawyers Media to honor 45 with Up & Coming Awards

Tanya Maerz, Christina Pyle and Michael Raupp are named 2018 Up & Coming Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Media.

Media Mentions | August 30, 2018
Politico: Justice Department sides with group suing Harvard over use of race in admissions

Scott Schneider is quoted in an article about a U.S. Department of Justice court filing in a case involving Harvard's consideration of race in admissions.

Media Mentions | August 30, 2018
The Atlantic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trump's New College Sexual Assault Policy

Scott Schneider is quoted in an article about the Trump administration's draft of proposed rule changes regarding college sexual misconduct.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 06, 2018
Kristine Zayko Joins Husch Blackwell's Education Practice Group

Kristine Zayko brings 20 years of in-house counsel
experience to Husch Blackwell.

Media Mentions | July 18, 2018
Law Week Colorado: Clery Act Experts Offer Compliance Perspectives (log-in required)

Hayley Hanson and Derek Teeter discuss steps higher ed institutions can take to manage regulatory risks and improve school safety.

News Releases | 07/13/2018
Husch Blackwell's Higher Ed Practice Adds Scott Schneider in Austin

Scott Schneider is a nationally recognized attorney who focuses on higher education legal issues and institutional responses to sexual misconduct allegations.

News Releases | June 11, 2018
Maurice Watson Recognized as Managing Partner of the Year By AANP

The African American Managing Partners Network will honor Husch Blackwell partner Maurice Watson as its “Managing Partner of the Year.”

Media Mentions | June 09, 2018
Drum Corps International: Participant safety emphasized at groundbreaking nationwide summit

Julie Miceli is featured for her representation of Drum Corps International in developing its code of conduct policy.

Media Mentions | May 22, 2018
National Public Radio: Education Department Launches 'Top-To-Bottom' Review Of Teachers' Grant Program

Julie Miceli comments on the legal framework whereby grants to teachers are being converted to loans.

Media Mentions | May 07, 2018
Hispanic Executive: Culture as a Competitive Advantage

Maurice Watson talks about the leadership style of Peter Muñiz, VP, Deputy General Counsel, of The Home Depot.

News Releases | May 07, 2018
Watson to Speak at Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute Event

Maurice Watson participates in an upcoming Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute event titled “Strength in Numbers: Celebrating African American Representation in the Law.”

News Releases | May 01, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women's Justice Awards 2018 Litigation Practitioner: Julianne P. Story

Julianne Story is profiled as one of the recipients of the 2018 Women’s Justice Awards from Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

News Releases | April 24, 2018
Ingram's: 40 Under Forty Class of 2018

Wakaba Tessier is recognized by Ingram’s among the magazine’s 2018 40 Under Forty Class.

News Releases | April 13, 2018
Husch Blackwell's Pro Bono Efforts Recognized by U.S. District Court, Federal Bar Association

Patrick Coffey and Margaret Heitkamp are recognized for their work representing a plaintiff inmate who was assaulted by another inmate in an Illinois jail.

News Releases | April 06, 2018
Husch Blackwell to Host College Promise Fundraiser

Maurice Watson will moderate a panel on challenges facing students and strategies for supporting them as they prepare for and enter their first two years of higher education.

Media Mentions | March 16, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly: 2018 Women's Justice Awards - Julianne Story

Julianne Story receives a Litigation Practitioners award, which honors litigators who have made their careers in the courtroom.

News Releases | February 27, 2018
Husch Blackwell Ranked Fourth Among Top 10 Law Firms in Healthcare

Husch Blackwell's industry focus helps it land at #4 on Corporate Counsel’s list of “Top Ten Law Firms Most Used in Healthcare.”

Media Mentions | February 26, 2018
Corporate Counsel: The Top Ten Law Firms Most Used in Healthcare

Husch Blackwell comes in at #4 on Corporate Counsel’s list, which lauds its industry approach.

Media Mentions | February 16, 2018
AASA National Conference on Education: Smaller Federal Government Means Reduced Presence of Civil Rights Work in Schools, Attorneys Claim

Husch Blackwell Higher Education team members discuss changes at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Media Mentions | February 15, 2018
Austin Business Journal Profile: How a 'daily reset,' dirt biking help high-powered attorney Lorinda Holloway stay grounded (log-in required)

Lorinda Holloway shares her journey to becoming Office Managing Partner of Husch Blackwell in Austin, with advice for women and LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

Media Mentions | February 02, 2018
The American Lawyer: Husch Blackwell Lands Handful of New Lawyers in Chicago, DC (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell adds three partners in Chicago to its burgeoning higher educational practice, while also adding two lawyers to its international trade group in the nation's capital.

News Releases | January 30, 2018
Husch Blackwell's Higher Ed Practice to Add Three Partners in Chicago

Husch Blackwell boosts its Higher Education practice group, one of the largest in the country.

News Releases | January 25, 2018
Six Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Coffey, Hayes, Manzo, White, Dlugosz, and Wezowski land on Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Media Mentions | January 22, 2018
Law360: Express Scripts Beats Pharmacy's Antitrust Suit (log-in required)

A Missouri federal judge ended a suit claiming that Express Scripts Inc. illegally kicked a pharmacy out of its network.

Media Mentions | December 18, 2017
Missouri Lawyers Weekly: Missouri Lawyer Awards 2018
Media Mentions | December 07, 2017
Clayton Times: Husch Blackwell elects 18 to partnership
News Releases | December 04, 2017
Husch Blackwell Elects 18 to Partnership
Media Mentions | November 16, 2017
The Missouri Bar: MoveMakers & NewsMakers 11/16/17
Media Mentions | November 16, 2017
The Missouri Bar: MoveMakers & NewsMakers 11/16/17

The Missouri Bar Association highlights Mary Pat Carl's arrival at the firm and the team of Husch Blackwell lawyers who won the 2017 August Steinhilber Award for “Best Brief” from the Education Law Association (ELA).

Media Mentions | November 02, 2017
The American Lawyer: It's Lonely at the Top for Big Law's Few Black Leaders (log-in required)

Maurice Watson talks about the support he received in his hometown of Kansas City as he rose through the ranks of law firm leadership.

News Releases | November 01, 2017
BL Rankings' Best Lawyers© Recognizes Husch Blackwell with Eight National Tier 1 Rankings in 2018 "Best Law Firms"

Husch Blackwell received recognition as a National Tier 1 firm in eight practice areas in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings released today.

Media Mentions | October 27, 2017
Kansas City Business Journal 2017 "Best of the Bar" Lists Three Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell has three attorneys on the Kansas City Business Journal 2017 "Best of the Bar."

Media Mentions | October 18, 2017
Ingram's: The 2017 Ingram's 250

Jeff Simon and Maurice Watson are profiled in the 2017 edition of the Ingram's 250, a compendium of Kansas City's 250 most influential executives.

Media Mentions | October 02, 2017
Houston Chronicle: University of St. Thomas faces federal fines for underreporting crime

Reporting procedures can get complicated, and universities often have questions on what specifically is defined as part of their campus, said Hayley Hanson.

Media Mentions | September 29, 2017
Politico Morning Education: Closing in on Clery Deadline

Hayley Hanson and Anne Cartwright's Inside Higher Ed blog post is noted by Politico's daily overview of education policy news.

News Releases | September 15, 2017
The State News: MSU Chooses Firm for Title IX Review
News Releases | August 15, 2017
Husch Blackwell Places 156 Lawyers in 2018 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 156 Husch Blackwell lawyers in its 2018 directory, breaking the firm’s old record of 151 set last year. The firm also has 10 attorneys listed as “Lawyers of the Year” and 15 lawyers who have made the list for the first time.

Testimonials John Jasinski, President, Northwest Missouri State University

"Husch Blackwell has transformed Northwest Missouri State University, literally in every phase of the game. When you talk about prevention-based, proactive, solid and practical legal advice, that is Husch Blackwell."

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Testimonials Kim Klockenga

“With Husch Blackwell, both parties are establishing a budget and both parties are working trying to achieve that budget. That’s a really great way to do business.”

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Testimonials Frank D. Upchurch III, Upchurch, Bailey & Upchurch, PA

“As the St. Johns County, Florida, School Board attorney, I have worked closely with John Borkowski for several years on racial discrimination and compliance issues. John is a  lawyer’s lawyer. He is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate. He relates well to his clients and regulatory staff. It’s been a privilege to work with him.”

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Testimonials Bob Swanson

“Husch Blackwell’s Higher Education webinars have been very well presented and the informal feedback afterwards has always been good.”

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Testimonials Dr. Clarence Green, Chief of University Police and Vice President of Culture, Northwest Missouri State University

“Northwest Missouri State University has used the Clery Compliance Toolset for more than two years and it has worked great! It expedites the process and has tons of model policy language built into the system. It also allows you to build your daily crime report. Great Tool.”

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