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McGuireWoods’ interdisciplinary education team has helped several hundred institutions of higher education, public and private K-12 schools, school boards, statewide organizations, foundations, endowments and conferences address virtually every type of issue they face. We understand that many of these organizations share similar legal needs, but also recognize that the current legislative and regulatory environment presents unique challenges that require focused, client-specific solutions.

We help institutions to prevent and confront a broad range of challenges through proactive legal compliance audits. Our experience allows us to view and address issues and constituent demands comprehensively, whether negotiating with professors seeking a stronger voice in governance, students seeking to change disciplinary rules or an accrediting association seeking changes in curricula.

We counsel boards of trustees and institutions on all matters related to Title IX and campus sexual misconduct, corporate governance, investment management, vendor management, public finance, tax, employee benefits, executive compensation, financial aid and lending, student health, privacy, personal conduct and safety, campus security, and immigration. In the research and development arena, we are experienced in protecting and defending intellectual property and in identifying and implementing effective technology transfers. We also assist in numerous types of claims related to labor and employment, tenure, religious affiliation, athletics and NCAA rules, crisis and advocacy communications, and government relations and public policy.

For years, our team members have been actively involved in shaping educational solutions locally and nationally. Our partners include:

  • A past Virginia secretary of education
  • A former chairman of the Virginia State Council on Higher Education
  • A member of the Maryland Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s Higher Education Transition Group
  • Current and former members and chairs of public and private colleges’ boards of trustees around the country
  • Current and former rectors of several major colleges and universities

One of our partners has served as an adjunct professor for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s graduate program in education, and several teach a course at Washington & Lee University on the law of higher education.

Additionally, one of our team members served as Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Education Law Section and another served as vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Education Committee. Many McGuireWoods attorneys have also been speakers, authors and committee members in the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

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Gilbert E. Schill Jr. Partner T: +1 804 775 4345
R. Craig Wood Partner T: +1 434 977 2558
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Private research university and medical center

Representation of a private research university and medical center in a major outsourcing transaction under which the university will outsource the call center for its medical center to an affiliate of a  multinational computer technology company.
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Higher-education institution

Representation of higher-education institution in a defamation suit. The plaintiff, a former basketball coach, sued for defamation in connection with his separation from the institution. The court dismissed the suit on demurrer. The coach sought an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court, which denied the writ of appeal.
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Higher-education institution

Representation of a higher-education institution in a defamation suit. Won summary judgment and convinced the Virginia Supreme Court to deny a writ of appeal from the defendant.
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Educational Trip Company

Representation of an educational trip company in successfully obtaining an order granting motion to dismiss with prejudice a negligence claim and discrimination claims under the California Unruh Act brought by a minor plaintiff and his parents against an educational trip company.
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World-class university academic and healthcare system in North Carolina

Counseled a world-class university academic and healthcare system in North Carolina on policies and practices related to electronically stored information and discovery and managing and negotiating discovery in a high profile matter.
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K-12 independent, co-educational college preparatory school in Virginia

Representation of a K-12 independent, co-educational college preparatory school in the sale of $25 million in tax-exempt refunding bonds. The county where the school is located approved the issuance of the bonds for up to $24.5 million.
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Vocational institute

Representation of a vocational institute client in dispossessory hearing and subsequent proceeding before a DeKalb County magistrate judge.
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Private liberal arts and sciences college in Virginia

Represented a private liberal arts and sciences college in Virginia in a trademark dispute with certain disaffected alumnae.
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Virginia Business Higher Education Council

Conceived and managed a three-year advocacy campaign for the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, a nonprofit organization of business and educational leaders committed to increasing state support of higher education in Virginia.
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Leading US publisher of math curricula software and textbooks

Representation of a leading U.S. publisher of math curricula software and textbooks in a $75 million all cash reverse subsidiary merger with a leading provider of higher education programs for working adults.
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University of Virginia

McGuireWoods served as Bond Counsel on two series of taxable Build America Bonds (BABs) issued by the University of Virginia in 2009 and 2010 in an aggregate principal amount of $421 million.
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Private liberal arts college in North Carolina

Represented a private liberal arts college in a closely-watched case challenging the constitutionality of the arrest power of the campus police force.
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Firm represents Virginia Public School Authority in competitive sale of qualified school construction bonds

McGuireWoods represented the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA) to finance school energy projects in 18 localities through the competitive sale of $73 million qualified school construction bonds. VPSA obtained very favorable pricing, allowing the borrowers to get a zero interest rate financing. We added value by working with VPSA and its financial advisor to simplify and streamline the redemption provisions relating to the bonds to make them less complicated and more attractive to bidders of tax credit bonds.

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Public university support foundation in Virginia

Represented a public university foundation in zoning, negotiating and drafting a design-build agreement for off-campus student apartments and a development agreement between the university and the design-builder for an on-campus living/learning center and dining facilities.
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McGuireWoods serves as bond counsel for ARRA school tax credit bonds

McGuireWoods recently served as bond counsel to the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA) in a $61,120,000 pooled qualified school construction bond issue – a new type of tax credit bond authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  VPSA's qualified school construction bonds do not pay interest in cash.  In lieu of interest, the bondholders receive annual tax credits against their federal income tax liability.  This is the first issuance of qualified school construction bonds in Virginia.

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McGuireWoods is first to market on "Build America Bonds" offering: closes first public offering for the University of Virginia

A team of Capital Markets lawyers recently closed the first public offering of Build America Bonds (BABs) for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. BABs are new bonds authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the university was the first issuer in the United States to get to market with a $250 million AAA-rated offering that will fund its new capital expenditures
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SEC no action letter for Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions

McGuireWoods recently obtained a no action letter from the SEC for Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions. The Emeriti program enables colleges and universities to offer employees a way to invest and accumulate assets during working years with a tax advantage, to help pay for medical costs in retirement. The no action letter allows Emeriti to make changes in its (pre-age 65) health insurance program without losing the benefit of a prior no action position from the SEC.

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Nonprofit corporation of a public university in Virginia

Defended a nonprofit corporation of a public university in Virginia in breach of contract litigation with a disgruntled research sponsor.
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Private liberal arts university in Virginia

Defended a private liberal arts university in Virginia in trademark litigation with a sports apparel company.
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Private liberal arts college in Virginia

Representation of a private college after one of its tenured faculty members was accused of improper conduct towards a female staff member.
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Amanda Abshire Amanda West Abshire
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2196
F: +1 704 444 8764
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Theodore F Adams III Theodore F. Adams III
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1952
F: +1 804 775 1061
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Vassilis Akritidis
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 53
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Ashley Allen Ashley K. Allen
Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1918
F: +1 804 775 1061
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Lindsay Hansen Anderson Lindsay K. H. Anderson
Counsel
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8134
F: +1 312 698 4501
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Mark E Anderson Mark E. Anderson
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 919 755 6678
F: +1 919 755 6581
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Frank B Atkinson Frank B. Atkinson
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4376
F: +1 804 698 2226
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Amber Barnes Amber S. Barnes
Asst. VP, State Government Relations McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
1301 Gervais Street
Suite 1050
Columbia, SC 29201

T: +1 803 251 2314
F: +1 803 251 2315
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Jeff Barnhart Jeffrey L. Barnhart
Sr. VP, State Gov. Relations McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

T: +1 919 836 4007
F: +1 919 836 4035
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Evan Bayh Evan Bayh
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 828 2825
F: +1 202 828 3331
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Tracy Baynard Tracy M. Baynard
Sr. VP, Infrastructure and Economic Development & Gov. Relations Services McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5083
F: +1 703 712 5225
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Chad Bernard Cameron C. Bernard
Asst. VP, Strategic Communications McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1939
F: +1 804 698 2013
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Tyler Bishop Tyler W. Bishop
Sr. VP, State Gov. Relations McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1916
F: +1 804 698 2266
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Mark T Bowles Mark T. Bowles
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1904
F: +1 804 698 2267
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Patrick E Brady Patrick E. Brady
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8225
F: +1 312 920 3691
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Todd Brewer Todd Brewer
Partner
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906

T: +1 832 255 6322
F: +1 832 214 9926
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Thomas William Bruno Thomas William Bruno
Associate
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1853
F: +1 804 440 7731
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Preston Bryant Preston Bryant Jr.
Sr. VP, Infrastructure and Economic Development McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1923
F: +1 804 698 2235
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Jeremy S Byrum Jeremy S. Byrum
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4305
F: +1 804 698 2080
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Scott S Cairns Scott S. Cairns
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +1 904 798 3223
F: +1 904 798 3261
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T:+44 20 7632 1600
F: +44 20 7632 1638

Keonna Carter Keonna D. Carter
Associate
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 7848
F: +1 804 698 2227
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Alan C Cason Alan C. Cason
Partner
7 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-1671

2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 410 659 4433
F: +1 410 659 4481
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T:+1 202 857 2433
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Milt Cerney Milton Cerny
Counsel
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1711
F: +1 804 698 2278
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Allison D Charney Allison D. Charney
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 2166
F: +1 212 715 6279
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E. Chase Coale E. Chase Coale
Senior Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2309
F: +1 704 444 8719
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Speaking Engagement

NACUA Workshop: Student Sexual Misconduct: Addressing Institutional Culture and Compliance

February 28 - March 1, 2014
Miami, FL
Speaking Engagement

Colleges and Universities: Legal Issues in the Halls of Ivy

October 24-25, 2013
New York, NY
Event

2013 Legislative Conference

Virginia Association of School Superintendents

October 21, 2013
Charlottesville, VA
Event

Goin' Fishin' with the IRS

Observations, Decisions, and Consequences of the IRS Compliance Questionnaire for Colleges and Universities

January 29, 2009
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Article

Policing the Police

The DOJ's Agreement with the University of Montana's Office of Public Safety

NACUANOTES
Vol. 12 No. 1 (October 25, 2013)
Melissa Williamson Nelson, National Association of College and University Attorneys
Legal Alert

North Carolina Enacts Regulatory Reform Act Of 2013

All State Rules Subject To Review And Potential Repeal

August 23, 2013
Article

The Impact of the May 2013 Montana “Blueprint” on the Sexual Harassment-Related Obligations of Colleges and Universities

NACUANOTES Vol. 11, No. 12
June 14, 2013
Josh D. Whitlock, Meredith E. Green, Amanda West Abshire, published by the National Association of College and University Attorneys
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