Higher Education Law Expert Speaks to Area College and University Staff

Taylor Sinclair, NSCS System Director for Title IX; Professor Peter Lake; Danielle Conrad, Director of Nebraska ACLU; and Senator Adam Morfeld answer questions during the panel discussion.

LINCOLN - Last week the Nebraska State College System (NSCS) hosted higher education law and Title IX expert, Peter Lake, in Lincoln. Seventy-five area college and university staff and faculty attended the forum to hear from Lake as well as a policy discussion panel with Senator Adam Morfeld, Nebraska ACLU Director Danielle Conrad and Professor Peter Lake.

“Having an expert in Title IX, like Peter Lake in Nebraska is an invaluable resource for the State Colleges as we continue to work to ensure safer campuses and more inclusive places for students and employees, said NSCS Chancellor Stan Carpenter. “Providing an environment in which all students and employees who participate in our programs and activities can work together in an atmosphere free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, or violence is a top priority for the State Colleges.”

Lake and the panel discussed the rapidly changing landscape of higher education including topics like Title IX compliance and recent changes in federal guidance, the state’s role in Title IX efforts, free speech, and best practices in higher education.

About Professor Peter Lake
Peter Lake is a Professor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair, and Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Professor Lake is an internationally-recognized expert on higher education law and policy and has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR, ABC, and CNN. Peter has authored numerous law review articles, books, and other publications, including a new Primer on Title IX. He has trained thousands of campus personnel on many student safety issues, including Title IX and his Four Corners of Title IX Regularity Compliance framework that to creates a basic, readily understandable blueprint to help campuses organize compliance efforts in a coherent and complete way.  Peter also speaks on First Amendment issues regularly. Professor Lake is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.

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