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Tuesday, April 5 • 8:15am - 9:15am
Mock Mediation Involving Student Organizations

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Featured in Netflix’ series “The Chair,” Pembroke University is back in the news.  This time, a Recognized Student Organization has participated in a program affiliated with “Karl’s Kids”, a national organization’s initiative of inviting children of community members with cancer to an uplifting weekend away from home in a college dorm during their Spring Break to give the parents a rest, where the RSO student members are the children’s hosts.  The program brought terrific PR to Pembroke, but unfortunately when one of the activities is a group balloon release from an exterior balcony of the three-story student union building, one of the children climbs over the railing with tragic results.  Today’s session features the mediation of the resulting litigation.

+Highlight issues involving the relationship between an educational institution and its Recognized Student Organizations, and the not-quite-independent status of the RSO’s.
+Review the essential interactions during the mediation of a high-stakes mediation of a complex civil litigation involving the institution, the RSO, the student leaders, the insurer and the external counsel.
+Demonstrate steps the institution’s risk management and general counsel offices can take to work together – and with their external partners – to achieve a reasonable outcome under difficult circumstances.

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James A. Keller

Partner and Chair, Higher Education Practice, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Levi Schy

Associate, Saul, Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr
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Matt Frankel

Assistant General Counsel, College of the Holy Cross
Matt Frankel is Assistant General Counsel at the College of the Holy Cross, a position he has held since October 2019.  Before joining the world of higher education, Matt was a member of the Labor and Employment practice group at Nixon Peabody LLP for nearly 14 years in that firm's... Read More →

Philip Catanzano

Founder & Partner, Education & Sports Law Group LLC
Founder and Partner Education & Sports Law Group, LLC Phil Catanzano is a co-founder of Education & Sports Law Group, LLC. His practice focuses on advising higher education clients on a wide range of issues, including intercollegiate athletics, harassment or sexual violence on campus... Read More →
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Marjorie F. Lemmon

Risk Manager, Yale University
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Gary Langsdale

Education Manager, URMIA

Tuesday April 5, 2022 8:15am - 9:15am EDT