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Overview

With a dedicated educational practice and a focus on representing institutions of higher education, Hayley advises institutions on the compliance, governance and operational issues they face in these times of rapidly changing expectations and regulations.

As a leader of the firm’s Education team with more than 15 years’ experience in education law, Hayley serves as outside general counsel to several institutions, from small nursing schools affiliated with hospital systems to major national research institutions.

Hayley proactively partners with institutions to prevent and address challenges through compliance programming and in-depth legal compliance audits. If needed, she also assists with investigations, responses to government inquiries and litigation. When disputes arise, Hayley counsels leadership and manages legal concerns.

Her experience includes providing guidance on issues including:

  • Title IX sexual misconduct and gender equality
  • Clery Act
  • Disability accommodation
  • Other discrimination
  • Student concerns
  • Employment and faculty
  • Title IV Federal Student Aid
  • Accreditation
  • Business operations and governance

A frequent speaker at national and regional higher education organization events, Hayley works with colleges and universities to develop and provide comprehensive in-house compliance training programs.

Hayley’s interest in education extends beyond the workplace. Her interest squares with causes such as the Kansas City Friends of the Kansas City Zoo, which she has served as board member since 2008, leading a successful effort to obtain extensive local funding. Her insight in developing and enforcing policies supporting education make her a valuable board member of Teach for America/Kansas City. She sees her greatest achievement as guiding the growth of her own two children, both inside and, more importantly, outside the classroom.


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Recognition

  • Debate Kansas City, Volunteer of the Year, 2012
  • Ingram’s magazine, “40 Under Forty,” 2013
  • Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2017
  • Nonprofit Connect, Rising Star of Philanthropy, 2013
  • Northwest Missouri State University, Young Alumni Award, 2008
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Schools & Education, 2013-2017
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2008, Women's Justice Awards, 2017

Education

  • J.D., Drake University Law School
    • with high honors
    • Drake Law Review, executive editor
  • B.A., Northwest Missouri State University
    • magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Council of School Attorneys
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • National Council of School Attorneys
Experience
  • Proactive Programming – Hayley’s experience with college and university compliance programs includes legal compliance auditing of institutional systems, creating or revising policies and procedures, and guiding development of compliance systems, as well as establishing and delivering institution-wide training programs. Her services enhance institutional processes to help ensure full compliance with required guidance and regulations.
  • Title IX – Hayley applies her deep understanding of issues surrounding gender equity and sexual misconduct to guide institutions in preventing and responding to allegations of sex discrimination in their programs and activities. She has conducted investigations on behalf of institutions, guided numerous institutions in responding to U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights complaints, represented colleges and universities in Title IX litigation, and conducted legal compliance audits surrounding discrimination prevention response systems at a range of institutions.
  • Government Investigations and Federal Student Aid Program Review – As a representative for your college or university, Hayley applies her experience with government investigations (including U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights investigations), program reviews and audits to assist institutions in demonstrating compliance and administrative capability.
  • Litigation – Through more than a decade of litigation experience representing educational institutions, Hayley has developed the skills and insight to best position institutions should suits arise. She has repeatedly succeeded in obtaining dismissals and summary judgment for institutions in student and employee litigation, as well as in alternative dispute resolution and trial settings.
  • Accreditation – Hayley assists in matters of accreditation, securing initial approvals, preparing for site visits, structuring changes of control and responding to accreditor concerns and sanctions.
Community Leadership
  • Debate Kansas City, Board of Directors, 2005-2016
  • Kansas City Friends of the Zoo, Board of Directors, 2008-present
  • Teach for America/Kansas City, Board of Directors, 2013-present