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Tuesday, October 13 • 10:55am - 12:10pm
Constellations, Wormholes, and Black Holes of Litigation

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Travel through a lawsuit arising from a student’s assault and see the issues you need to overcome to resolve the matter. On the trip, we will see constellations of collaboration dedicated to responding and resolving the problem(s), wormholes that shorten the journey or make it easier, and invisible black holes that can trap and harm the travelers.

This workshop will benefit individuals using enterprise risk management and others from institutions either with no inside legal counsel or with a close working relationship with the campus general counsel. It will also benefit individuals who work directly with student affairs conduct/disciplinary staff or campus security. Individuals from both public and private institutions will benefit from this workshop.

As a result of participating in this session, attendees will:
 Understand the legal framework of sometimes conflicting statutes, regulations, court and OCR decisions surrounding physical assault including Title IX, VAWA, Clery/SaVE, torts and general due process principles.
 Understand the litigation process, the differing roles of campus and external legal counsel, and the role for risk management.
 Analyze the early decisions that influence the success of the litigation, availability of insurance coverage, and cost involved.
 Examine the e-Discovery processes and determine when to retain an outside vendor.
 Implement a structure for controlling internal and external communication about the litigation.
 Collect ideas and strategies to prevent similar litigation in the future.

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James Keller

Partner, Co-Chair Higher Ed Practice Group, Saul Ewing LLP
James A. Keller is the co-chair of Saul Ewing’s higher education practice group, vice-chair of its litigation department, and a member of the firm’s executive committee. He has particular experience defending colleges and universities and advising higher education institutions on critical issues of compliance, policy and liability. Mr. Keller also serves as general counsel to several colleges and universities that do not have inside counsel... Read More →
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Pam Rypkema

Risk Manager, Gallaudet University
Pamela J. Rypkema is the risk manager at Gallaudet University, an institution for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in Washington, DC, with educational programs from kindergarten through Ph.D. She is a frequent speaker with more than 30 years of insurance, legal, and risk management experience. | | Before coming to Gallaudet, Ms. Rypkema consulted with more than 100 schools for United Educators, practiced law with the firm of McCutchen... Read More →

Tuesday October 13, 2015 10:55am - 12:10pm
Minneapolis Ballroom B Hilton Minneapolis