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In an era of growing legal and compliance challenges for higher educational institutions, Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank lawyers serve as trusted advisors to institutions and their boards of trustees, offering sophisticated advice on a broad range of issues.

We have handled litigation, corporate governance, real estate, campus security-related matters, and research issues for our education-related clients. Our team conducts highly sensitive internal investigations on behalf of institutions involving harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct (Title IX) claims. And we provide ongoing advice and counseling on various campus-related issues, such as tenure, academic freedom, student discipline and complaints, drug testing, employee training, reductions in force, and faculty and staff handbook reviews and revisions.

Meanwhile, our transactional and real estate experts are available to help institutions through a full range of complex financing and construction matters. Our team is adept at working with organizations throughout the capital planning and development process and in building the financial infrastructure – through bonds and federal loans – to ensure that construction is fully funded.

Given the pressure higher education institutions face from local, state and federal regulators, alumni, staff, students and employees, and the public at large, we know that institutions need lawyers who can pivot rapidly from one challenge to another and at any time of the day or night. We pride ourselves on our highly responsive, client-centered approach: Our cross-practice team allows us to tap lawyers with specific expertise on a particular matter quickly and efficiently to deliver the best possible answers for a problem whenever they may be needed. 

Our clients include a diverse array of large and small institutions, foundations, and public and private colleges and universities. For each, we deliver legal services designed to help advance a school’s individual mission and advice that informs the institution’s strategic decision-making.

The KVCF team develops close relationships with our clients and takes an active role in the education community. For instance, our lead partner on higher education issues is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), whose purpose is to enhance legal assistance to colleges and universities by educating attorneys and administrators as to the nature of campus legal issues. Our involvement in the community gives us a far greater understanding of the institutions we advise, and further allows us to manage the diverse array of legal matters that schools may face.

Please contact us to learn more about how we can help your institution meet its legal and compliance challenges.