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Overview

Kristine concentrates her practice on advising public and private educational institutions in a wide array of matters to support their educational missions.

Serving for twenty years as in-house counsel for a major, public research institution, Kristine has significant experience working with governing boards, senior leaders, academic administrators, and multi-constituent academic governance groups on challenging legal and policy issues, including the following:

  • Faculty employment and tenure matters
  • Student and Greek Life Issues
  • Investigations
  • Athletics
  • Title IX and VAWA
  • Title VII
  • Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 & Fair Housing Act
  • FERPA
  • The Clery Act
  • Threat assessment teams
  • Youth protection policies
  • Public records requests
  • Policy development
  • First Amendment
  • Second Amendment

Kristine also has extensive experience with agency proceedings, including U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state civil rights agencies.

Before joining Husch Blackwell, Kristine served as in-house counsel at Michigan State University where she was Deputy General Counsel for ten years and most recently Acting Vice President for Legal Affairs & General Counsel. Prior to working in higher education, Kristine was a labor and employment attorney in private practice in Lansing, Michigan and with an AmLaw 100 firm in Chicago, Illinois.

Kristine is a frequent presenter on significant legal issues affecting higher education.


Industry

Service

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan
    • cum laude
    • Journal of Law Reform, contributing editor
  • B.A., Michigan State University
    • summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • NACUA Committee on Program for the Annual Conference, Member, 2011-2014
Community Leadership
  • Capital Area United Way, Board Member, 2013-present; Executive Committee Member 2015-present; Human Resources Committee Chairperson 2015-2018; Human Resources Committee Vice-Chair 2018-present
  • MSU Federal Credit Union, Supervisory Committee Member, 2014-present; Chair 2016-present