Higher Education Symposium


Breakfast & Registration
Moving On From In Loco Parentis: The Relationships Between Today’s Schools and Their Students

Our distinguished panel will discuss the relationships between a school and its students in today’s society.  Although in loco parentis (the doctrine that a school takes the place of a student’s parents) is generally no longer accepted, colleges and universities still play an important role in their students’ lives.  Our panelists will discuss current trends in the roles and expectations of schools, particularly in the areas of trigger warnings and safe spaces, freedom of speech on campus, and immigration issues in light of the recent executive order and other changes to immigration policies.  

Yvonne Chan, Partner, Goodwin
Deirdre Heatwole, General Counsel, University of Massachusetts
Steven Locke, General Counsel, Brandeis University
Jay Wilcoxson, Counsel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Recent Developments in 403(b) Plan Excessive Fee Litigation

In 2016, a dozen lawsuits were filed challenging the fees and investment options of retirement plans offered to the employees of several top universities.  This panel will discuss the plaintiff and defense theories and recent developments in these litigations, as well as the risk of additional lawsuits.

Jamie Fleckner, Chair, ERISA Litigation practice, Goodwin 
Alison Douglass, Partner, Goodwin

Networking Break
Privacy and Cybersecurity Trends in 2017

Privacy and cybersecurity continue to be among the top issues facing higher education institutions today.  From the impact of the new administration on cybersecurity obligations and enforcement, to breaches and ransomware, our panel will address the unique risks and current trends impacting the privacy landscape, including: 

  • The business impact of recent changes to the EU privacy law framework on U.S. organizations, including the Privacy Shield and General Data Protection Regulation
  • How data driven organizations can prepare for and respond to law enforcement requests for personally identifiable information
  • Cyberinsurance
  • Board liability and preparedness

Mark Nardone, Chief Information Security Officer, Northeastern University
Karen Neuman, Partner, Goodwin 
Brenda Sharton, Chair, Privacy + Cybersecurity practice and Business Litigation practice, Goodwin
Barbara Healy Smith, Assistant General Counsel, Northeastern University

Luncheon & Keynote Presentation

The President of Colby College will present an inspiring perspective on public/private partnerships focused on revitalizing cities and neighborhoods where schools are located.

David Greene, President, Colby College