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Higher Education Law

Our attorneys have more than thirty years of experience representing colleges and universities with enrollments between 3,000 and 36,000 students and an academic health system with significant research and sponsored programs and multiple affiliated entities.  We have many years of experience as general counsel, where we participated in senior leadership decision-making over extended periods of time and worked with every academic, administrative, athletic, student and business unit on campus.  Additionally, our attorneys have managed numerous legal offices and other campus departments.

Our work includes facilitating the legal aspect of university mergers, including policy integration and maintenance of good standing with higher education accrediting bodies; providing efficient and reliable counsel to university and college professionals -- in departments as diverse as human resources, EEO and Title IX, public safety and campus police, compliance and ethics and athletics compliance -- as to best practices and handling of sensitive employment matters and litigation.

We continue to represent universities and colleges in virtually every type of legal matter.  Some examples are as follows: Structure and governance issues including relationships with affiliated entities such as foundations, alumni associations and athletic associations; mergers and consolidations; enterprise risk management, policy development, training and adherence; compliance, ethics and conflicts of interest; training tailored to particular campus constituencies such as boards and executive leadership, faculty, staff, student affairs and athletics; academic issues including faculty promotion and tenure, program closures, affiliation agreements, academic freedom and free speech; business contracts including vendor agreements and leases; business transactions; workforce reductions; employment contracts and separation agreements; discrimination and harassment matters including EEOC charges, Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA); privacy issues including the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); admissions; research matters including drafting, review and negotiation of industry, foundation and governmental grants and contracts for clinical and non-clinical research; matters related to human subjects and animal research, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) concerns; intellectual property policies, licensing agreements and related employment matters; athletics laws and regulations including contracts for coaches, athletic directors and staff; agreements for sponsorships, gifts, games and game guarantees and multimedia rights, compliance with NCAA, Title IX and conference regulations; advancement matters including gift agreements, program and building naming agreements, policies for gift acceptance, donor-related ethics and conflicts of interest matters.

Georgia and South Carolina Higher Education Law Firm

Our attorneys are proud to be a part of Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia, which have thriving higher educational industries. Additionally, our attorneys are licensed and experienced in South Carolina, and have been long-time members of the National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys (NACUA). Augusta is home to Augusta University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia), a leader in medical research, clinical care and biotechnology, generating between $5 and $8 billion dollars annually.

Our firm provides high-quality legal work to universities and colleges in a personalized, accessible, cost-effective manner. We will schedule a convenient time for you to meet with one of our attorneys at our Atlanta or Augusta office. To schedule a consultation you may email us at info@hamillittle.com or contact us at the office nearest you.

DISCLAIMER: Any result this law firm or any lawyer of this law firm may achieve on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.