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UVM Continuing Education Hosts 22nd Annual Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference, Oct. 8-10

Leading experts gather to discuss higher education law and student affairs

The University of Vermont Continuing Education hosted its premiere three-day conference on higher education law and student affairs called “Legal Issues in Higher Education” Oct. 8-10. Going into its twenty-third year, the conference is one of only two of its nature hosted nationwide and provides attendees with access to expert leaders on far-ranging topics of concern in higher education.

The 2012 conference brought together the nation’s leading experts in the field and professionals, including attorneys as well as student affairs administrators, who manage study abroad, student conduct, student housing and student counseling. In total, 330 professionals from 46 different states were in attendance.

Holiday Hart McKiernan, principal at the Lumina Group, gave the keynote address.

Hart McKiernan spoke on the topic of new business models for higher education. She stressed the need for greater access to higher education in the United States for purposes of competitiveness in the global economy. “It’s about learning and ensuring that learning enables employment, mobility and civic participation,” she said.

Conference presenters comprised leaders from colleges and universities, including Bowdoin College, City University of Seattle, Columbia University, Indiana University, Oklahoma State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, State University of New York, University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California and Washington University. Experts from law firms, higher education organizations and consulting groups also presented.

Key figures from the University of Vermont community included Lucy A. Singer, senior associate counsel at the University of Vermont, and Gary Margolis, managing partner at Margolis, Healy & Associates, LLC. Margolis is former chief of police at the University.

Panel discussions included Title IV investigations, current topics in hazing, and presidential and congressional priorities for higher education. Campus safety was also a consistent theme throughout the conference, with sessions on topics such as protecting minors on campus and bullying.

In response to the demand for continuing education in this area, University of Vermont Continuing Education will offer monthly webinars, starting in 2013. Learn more about the webinars.

The 23rd Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference will take place Oct. 14-16, 2013. For updates, please subscribe to our email newsletter, follow @UVMHigherEdLaw on Twitter, or email us directly at

The Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference provides a comprehensive picture of the diverse legal issues shaping all aspects of higher education. Presenters help participants acquire practical, hands-on methods to implement best practices, policies, programs and ideas. CLE credit is available. Sponsors of the 2012 conference included ACPA, ASCA, and URMIA.

About University of Vermont Continuing Education

Continuing Education (CE) helps thousands of non-traditional students continue their education at the University of Vermont. Through collaborations with the various colleges and schools, CE offers courses and programs to help students explore their options to advance or change their careers. Visit us online