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HTMLHigh School Students Exposed to Deadly Asbestos Fibers
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 22, 2014
Two men convicted of exposing high school students to asbestos were sentenced to 24 and 27 months in federal prison. The men were executives of the now-defunct nonprofit Firm Build. The men used the high school students to remove the cancer-causing substance from a renovation project, an action the...


HTMLGuidance About Title IX: White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault Releases its First Report
Catherine C. Deneke, Robert E. Toone; Foley Hoag LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014
In a report released Tuesday, the White House task force on sexual assaults outlined five action steps and recommendations for ensuring compliance with Title IX and protecting students on college and university campuses from sexual assault. Schools should consider this new guidance carefully, stay...


HTMLThe Looming Financial Crisis for Colleges and Universities
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 25, 2014
Although the economic recovery is now five years old, the liquidity at many, if not most, colleges and universities has deteriorated and is now in the early stages of what could well become a crisis. The U.S. higher education system is the basis of our historical economic success and, while many of...


HTMLCollege Football Players as University Employees: What are the Implications?
Michael R. Blum; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 15, 2014
The debate about whether or not student athletes should be compensated financially has been waged for decades. Colleges and universities make millions of dollars each year in athletic revenue, while athletes are entitled to receive athletic scholarships for their efforts. Many athletes, so called...


HTMLTop Five Compliance Questions in McCaskill Campus Rape and Sexual Assault Survey to Colleges and Universities
Anne D. Cartwright; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 24, 2014
Recently, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced a survey of 350 colleges and universities nationwide to examine how these institutions handle rapes and sexual assaults on campus. This effort reflects a swell of government, media, and student attention to this important issue and to the challenges...


HTMLNLRB to Decide Whether Northwestern’s Scholarship Football Players Are Students or Employees
C. Thomas Davis; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 24, 2014
Late this afternoon, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. granted the request for review (i.e., an appeal) filed by Northwestern University in the much-watched case involving the status of Northwestern’s grant-in-aid scholarship football players. Northwestern is...


HTMLSupreme Court Holds Voters Have a Right to Reject Government-Funded Racial Preferences in Public Higher Education
Lisa Karen Atkins; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 23, 2014
On April 22, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States held that although consideration of race in admissions is constitutionally permissible, voters have every right to reject it. The case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, began as an opportunity to reconsider race-conscious...


HTMLU.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Use of Race-Based Preferences in State University Admissions Decisions
Suheily Natal Davis; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 25, 2014
Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an amendment to the Michigan constitution that prohibits the use of race-based preferences as part of the admissions process for all state universities. See Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (BAMN), 2014 U.S. LEXIS 2932 (U.S....


HTMLMunicipal Bond Market Absorbs Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s Decision that Teacher Pension Reform Legislation is Unconstitutional Contract Impairment
William W. Kannel, Leonard Weiser-Varon; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 28, 2014, previously published on April 15, 2014
The latest swerve in the rollercoaster that is Puerto Rico public finance occurred on April 11 with the release of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s ruling striking down as unconstitutional the bulk of the territory’s teacher pension reform legislation. The outcome of the case creates...


HTMLIowa Supreme Court Reverses High School Coach’s Conviction for Sexual Exploitation
Ryan G. Koopmans; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 25, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014
It’s a crime in Iowa for a “school employee”-defined as “an administrator, teacher, or other licensed professional”-to have sexual contact with a student. On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a high school basketball coach who holds a coaching authorization,...


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