Colleges and universities and their affiliated entities are distinctive: they serve a wide constituency, are governed by myriad laws, and operate in an organizational and cultural environment different from any other. In addition, they are under constant pressure to remain competitive and must be flexible to adapt to changes in technology and in the economy.
Schnader brings together attorneys with varied skill sets and backgrounds to provide a holistic and multifaceted approach to address the needs of our higher education clients. We respond to individual situations, always recognizing that plans must be practical and cost-effective. We also fully appreciate that our clients need to develop positive relationships within their local communities and all levels of government.
Our involvement with numerous higher education matters give us a head start in addressing short-term problems and realizing long-term goals, as we provide traditional legal counsel, training and information programs, policy and procedure review, and representation in dispute resolution.
Our Breadth of Experience and Perspective
Our Higher Education Practice provides colleges and universities with the support they need to address legal issues in daily operations and future initiatives. Our services include:
Governance: Advise trustees and administrators on fiduciary duties, state corporate law, federal tax-exemption related matters, and the creation, operation and dissolution of affiliated entities.
Employment: Defend against employment-related lawsuits, conduct independent investigations, advise on employment, labor and benefits compliance and strategies, and deliver or assist with training.
Campus Safety: Counsel on Title IX and Clery Act compliance on an ongoing basis, review and update policies, deliver or assist with training, advise in the procurement of consultants and other related services, and serve as legal advisor to crisis management teams.
Tax: Address federal, state and local tax-exemption issues in the contexts of real estate, business, executive compensation and withholding. Assist development offices with planned giving issues, leveraging our deep experience in trusts and estates.
Intellectual Property: Assist with securing, protecting and/or transferring patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and licensing rights, and provide special services for academic research centers and related incubators.
Real Estate: Guide all stages of traditional and complex building and campus development projects, from campus planning to finance to regulatory compliance to construction implementation, including student housing, mixed-use projects, hotels and entertainment projects.
Contracted Services: Advise with many types of contractual relationships that support the day-to-day needs of schools, their faculty and students, including drafting, negotiating and implementing agreements for food services and hospitality, security, maintenance, utilities, equipment leasing, consulting services, subcontractor issues, and the full spectrum of procurement activities.
News & Publications
- Third Circuit Expands First Amendment Speech Protection for Students’ Off-Campus Speech
- New Pennsylvania Superior Court Decision May Help Lenders Expedite Loan Recovery, But Also Frustrate Borrowers
- A Pair of New DOL Guidance Documents Address Additional Unemployment Compensation Programs Under the CARES Act
- Pennsylvania’s Shared Work Program May Provide Options for Employers Looking to Avoid Layoffs
- New Overtime Pay Regulation in Pennsylvania May Create Obligations for Employers Beyond Federal Requirements
- Employers Take Notice: Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act Goes Into Effect March 15
- Intellectual Property and College Athletes – New Directions by NCAA about Compensation
- PA Supreme Court Upholds Pittsburgh Paid Sick Day Act
- Schnader Leads the Implementation of Model Career Advocate Programs for the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition
- Does sports betting put student athletes at risk?
- Sports Betting and the Impact on Colleges and Universities
- Schnader Lawyers Named to PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Trump Administration Appeals District Court Order on Pay Data
- Employers Must Submit 2017 and 2018 Pay Data to EEOC by September 30
- Is Your Business One of the 3,500 Scheduled by DOL for an Affirmative Action Program Audit in 2019?
- New Anti-Hazing Law Requires PA Colleges & Universities to Post Semi-Annual Reports, with Initial Reports Due Jan. 15, 2019
- Department of Education Requests Comments on Proposed Title IX Regulations
- Theresa E. Loscalzo Receives Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2018 Woman of Distinction Award
- October 10 is the Date: Be Prepared for Changes to the Pa Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act
- Richard Barkasy Published “Supreme Court Says Creditors Must ‘Get It in Writing’”
- Many Schnader Lawyers Named to PA Super Lawyers
- Theresa Loscalzo Presents “Success Begets Success: The Importance of Women Supporting Women”
- Massachusetts High Court Provides Guidance on Responding to Suicidal Students
- Theresa Loscalzo Elected to Schnader’s Executive Committee
- Laurel Brandstetter Published “Lessons in Ethics and Compliance: March Madness or March to Readiness”
- California Court Finds College Not Liable for Third Party Harassment Not Related to College’s Programs or Activities
- Paul Titus Featured in The Journal of the American College of Trial Lawyers
- Lisa Rodriguez Named to Super Lawyers 2018
- California Court Creates Special Duty for Colleges to Protect Students
- Dennis Suplee Authors the Lead Article for CPR’s Alternatives
- Jo Bennett and Samantha Banks Analyze Landmark Labor Case on Resolving Disputes through Arbitration
- Schnader Harrison Helps Train Youth Court Judges
- Paul Titus Receives Drum Major for Justice Award from Allegheny County Bar Association
- It’s A Slam Dunk: Take Steps Now to Avoid Tough Lessons Learned by Several NCAA Basketball Programs
- Beware of Implementing 2017 Q&A Sexual Misconduct Guidance: VAWA and Clery Act Remain the Law (For Now)
- Dennis Suplee Honored with 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award
- The FLSA Overtime Regulations Are Changing December 1, 2016: Colleges and Universities Will be Ready
- Obtaining Relief from Penalties Related to IRS Form 1098-T Filing Deficiencies
- Title IX Coordinators: Review of New Guidance from the Department of Education
- Philadelphia’s Nonprofit Recertification Requirement Abolished
- Reprieve Granted to Philadelphia Tax-Exempt Property Owners
- “Effective Corporate Governance in the Nonprofit Sector”
- Opening the Library Doors to the World: Second Circuit Finds Universities’ Book Scanning Project Constitutes “Fair Use” of Copyrighted Materials
- US Department of Education Levies More Fines for Clery Act Violations
- President Obama Launches Task Force on Campus Sexual Assaults
- College and University Boards Advised to Become and Remain Informed of Sexual Misconduct on Campus
- Schnader Attorneys Recognized as Members of the 2012 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
- Regulatory Focus on Colleges and Universities Is Increasing
- Schnader Attorneys Recognized as Members of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor
- Hon. Timothy K. Lewis and Elizabeth Ainslie Held Press Conference to Voice Disagreement with the Freeh Report
- Paul Titus Honored as an Alumni of the Year by St. Bonaventure University
- Marilyn Kutler Recognized with a 2011 Philadelphia Business Journal Women of Distinction Award
- Sixty-Eight Schnader Attorneys Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Schnader Names Four New Partners
- Responding to Hate Crimes and Bias Incidents in the Era of Coronavirus
- Class Action Litigation in 2020: What You Need to Know
- In-House Counsel Speak: The Shifting Employment Law Landscape
- Marijuana in the Workplace
- What More Can Human Resources Do To Mitigate Risks of Harassment and Violence in the Workplace?
- Karen Baillie Presents at the 2019 PHRA Annual Conference & Exhibition
- Advocates’ Best Practices in Selecting Arbitrators
- The Recruiting Team’s Role In Affirmative Action Compliance
- Dennis Suplee Speaks at PADC’s Seventh Annual Young Lawyers Program
- Is this Reasonable? Legal-Issue Spotting for Schools in 2019
- Laurel Gift Speaks at Higher Education Compliance Conference of Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics
- Class Actions: Perspectives on Key Issues
- Schnader Sponsors and Hosts the CPR Regional Meeting in Philadelphia on April 30
- Asylum Law for Non-Immigration Lawyers
- Insolvency & Secured Transactions: Understanding Chapter 15 of U.S. Bankruptcy Code and How It Applies to Foreign Proceedings