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TNG: Campuses and the Courts

An Update on Higher Education Legislation and Litigation

A one-year subscription to the Campuses and the Courts Newsletter is INCLUDED with your registration to the Campuses and the Courts Conference, held February 19th-21st, 2020 in Clearwater Beach, FL, if you register during the month of January!

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Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL
February 19-21, 2020


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For years, you’ve had the chance to attend Case Law Update sessions presented by TNG’s higher ed law experts at conferences around the country. Now, we’ve created a unique case law-focused conference to help next level your litigation IQ. It’s what we’ve always done, just with more and better.

Featuring the legislation and litigation whisperers: Saundra “Saunie” Schuster, W. Scott Lewis, and John Wesley Lowery

As you’ve noticed, litigation against colleges and universities has never been more frequent, relevant, or prescriptive than it is right now. That’s not to say the trend is good or bad, but to recognize that an historic and fundamental shift in the relationship between courts and colleges is underway. You have a front row seat to a time future professionals will study as the “court intervention era” and that calls for a special event that helps you focus on what cases are key to know, what practical takeaways you need, and how our policies and practices must shift.

Normally, we’d say something flowery here about TNG not just keeping you up to speed on the changes today, but preparing for what is to come, tomorrow. But, who are we fooling? The courts are taking us places we’ve never been before, and while we may have seen this coming, it’s not at all clear yet where it’s going. We are well-positioned to chronicle the changes, but we’re just at the beginning of this shift, and the destination is unknown.

Regardless, failing to understand and embrace the dictates of the courts is potentially career-ending, and the stakes could not be higher for administrators and those who guide administrative practice.

At one level, it’s not a good thing that schools are being sued more often, but the upside is we’re learning more than ever. You’ve always been able to count on TNG to translate the voice of the courts into practical advice for practitioners, and this conference will be a great way to wrap your brains around the most litigious year in higher education history. You’ll come to better understand the voices (multiple personalities?) of the courts, but also benefit from our voices on the best ways to take a set of facts, an unexpected ruling, and contradictory opinions of the judges and weave them into a new set of rules and guiding precepts.

We’ll focus on the leading decisions affecting student conduct, HR, sexual misconduct, access services, behavioral intervention, and free speech. A written case law summary of all the cases featured from the preceding year will be included in your conference registration. This electronic document summarizes the key cases of 2018-2019 impacting on higher education in the categories of:

  • Negligence
  • Student Conduct
  • Contract
  • Due Process
  • Fundamental Fairness
  • Title IX
  • Title VII
  • ADA/504
  • BIT
  • Discrimination
  • Free Speech/First Amendment

At the conference, each case will be briefed with a summary of the facts, the holding of the court, the significance and import of the case, an assessment of any conflicting precedents in other jurisdictions, and a set of key takeaways for how the case can/should influence administrative practice.

Read the official press release here.

Conference Schedule

Day 1 AM:

  • Case Law: Recent Major Cases  (W. Scott Lewis and Saundra K. Schuster)

Day 1 PM:

  • Legislative Update (John Wesley Lowery)
  • Roundtables (Facilitated by all faculty)
    • Provide an opportunity for in-depth discussions about the cases presented, the implications for your campus and an opportunity to engage and explore the challenges with colleagues and experts in small groups

Day 2 AM: Choose One Track, A) Title IX OR B) Case Law

  • Track A – Big Picture Title IX Landscape Panel (W. Scott Lewis)
  • Track B – Case Law Immersion Part I (Saundra K. Schuster)

Day 2 PM:

  • Case Law Immersion Part II (Saundra K. Schuster and W. Scott Lewis)

Day 3 AM:

  • Addressing Elements of the Hearing Process (W. Scott Lewis and Saundra K. Schuster)

Conference Faculty

Expert Faculty: W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Saundra K. Schuster, J.D. & John Wesley Lowery, Ph.D.


To obtain Certification from TNG, you will need to attend the whole event. It is our expectation that you are present for the entire duration of the conference.

Please allow 14 business days following the completion of the conference and then log-into or create an account with our Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program system. Please follow the instructions on the webpage to obtain your certification. Our CCC program allows those certified by TNG to track, maintain, and extend their professional development through our programs. Learn more about our program here.

PLEASE NOTE: Certification refers to attendance at a qualifying event; TNG cannot speak to individual attendees’ knowledge, expertise, or command of the material.

Conference Registration

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Early Bird Registration: $599 (By December 20, 2019)
Regular Registration: $699

Please note total registration will be limited in order to keep the conversations focused and relevant.

Hotel & Conference Location

Sheraton Sand Key Resort
1160 Gulf Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 595-1611

  • To make a reservation, click here
  • All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.
  • Room rate: $238.00
  • Room block closes date: January 28th, 2020
  • Complimentary on-site parking
  • Ground transportation: Approximately 44 minutes/22.3 miles from the Tampa International Airport. Rideshare services are the best options for transportation.


TNG’s policies provide guidance on cancellations, substitutions, credits, and more.