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UNT Higher Education Law Conference

College of Education
Virtual Zoom Conference
Monday, Oct 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM (CT) to Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 at 12:00 AM (CT)

As the premier conference on higher education law in Texas, the Texas Higher Education Law Conference provides college and university professional in the public and private sector, and attorneys who advise them, the most current information on important developments in such areas as discrimination, Title IX, DACA, "hate speech" and the First Amendment to name a few.

Monday – October 26 - Day One

10am Breakouts

How to Conduct an Investigation: Katie Anderson and Pete Thompson, Clark, Hill, & Strasburger, LLP

Responding to Student Deaths on Campus: Maureen McGuinness, University of North Texas

SCOTUS Wrestles with LGBT Discrimination under Title VII: Kathleen Conn, King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC

11am Breakouts

Case Study of an Investigation: Katie Anderson and Pete Thompson, Clark, Hill, & Strasburger, LLP

Understanding and Championing Neurodiversity: Smita Mehta, University of North Texas

Title IX Administrator Voices: What Supervisors and Institutions Should Know: Demesia Razo, Tarrant County College

12pm Plenary: Update on the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Investigations & Resolutions: Lynn Rossi Scott, Brackett & Ellis, P.C.

1pm Breakouts

Higher Education Institution Governing Boards: Rogue Regents and Malice in Wonderland: William R. Fossey, University of Louisiana, and Robert Cloud, Baylor University

Hanging in the Balance: The Legal Update of DACA and its Implications for Undocumented Students: David Nguyen, Indiana University, and Joshua Cohen, University of North Dakota

Not Just a Private Matter: Required Sexual Misconduct Reporting for Faculty and Staff at Faith-Based Universities: Chris Riley and Andrew Little, Abilene Christian University


Tuesday – October 27 - Day Two


10am Breakouts

Higher Education and the First Amendment: Amy Magee and Danielle Dary, Texas Association of School Boards

Controlled and Applied Research in Higher Education: Jamie Peno and Justin Cook, University of North Texas

Supporting Undocumented Students by Enhancing Individual and Institutional Undocu-Competence: Nicholas Tapia-Fuselier, University of Colorado; Colorado Springs

11am Breakouts

Information Security in Texas Public Higher Education Institutions - What You Need to Know: Charlotte Russell and Rich Anderson, UNT System Office

Campus Expression and Facilities Use: Danielle Dary and Scott Rizzo, Texas Association of School Boards

Legal Issues regarding Neurodiversity: Katy Washington, University of North Texas

12pm Plenary: An Ever-Changing Landscape: New State Mandates for Responding to Sexual Misconduct: Chad Timmons, Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C.

1pm Breakouts

Cybersecurity from the FBI Perspective: Miguel A. Clarke, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Diversity in the Classroom, TWU Interactive Theatre Troupe: Artistic Director Noah Lelek, Texas Woman’s University

The Intersection Between “Hate Speech” and the First Amendment: Derek Teeter, Husch Blackwell


Wednesday – October 28 - Day Three


10am Breakouts


Going Beyond the Headlines: Understanding the Legal Issues Driving Concern Over Foreign Influence on College Campuses: Jennifer Cowley and Mark McLellan, University of North Texas

Screening for Safety: Ross Mitchell, Praesidium

It’s Kind of a Big Deal: SB212, Title IX, and Sexual Violence Reporting Requirements for Texas’ Institutions of Higher Education
Zachary Taylor, Trellis Company


11am Breakouts 

National Hazing Update: Kim Novak, NovakTalks.com

Preventing Abuse in Your Organization: Ross Mitchell, Praesidium

Open Session: Q&A on Title IX and Civil Rights: Scott Lewis, TNG Consulting

12pm Plenary:  PANEL DISCUSSION – COVID ON CAMPUS – PART I – TBD

1pm Plenary: PANEL DISCUSSION – COVID ON CAMPUS – PART II – TBD 

Zoom links will be sent to all registrants.

For questions regarding registration please contact: Katie Marion at  Kathleen.Marion@unt.edu 

For question regarding the program please contact Sue Young at Sue.Young@unt.edu 

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