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.


Presenter Bios

Session Abstracts

Monday – October 26 - Day 1

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 2

10am Breakouts

Higher Education and the First Amendment

Amy Magee, Texas Association of School Boards, and Danielle Dary, Thompson & Horton LLP

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

Amy Magee 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 3

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 — Student Perspective

Kim Novak, NovakTalks!
Brandon Kitchin, UNT Graduate Student and UNT AGSHE (third panelist)

1pm Plenary

Panel Discussion: COVID on Campus, Part II — Leadership Perspective

Christine Hubbard, North Texas Community College Consortium Scott Lewis, TNG Consulting
Brent Wallace, North Central Texas College