Higher Education

Kronick is able to handle a wide range of legal matters for large public and private universities, small independent colleges and universities, community colleges, and a myriad of institutions affiliated with higher education throughout California. Recognizing that the legal challenges facing colleges and universities can touch almost any corner of the law, our Higher Education team is comprised of lawyers from multiple legal disciplines. Our members include attorneys from Kronick's Litigation, Business, Real Estate, Labor & Employment, Water and Environment, Land Use, Health Care, Nonprofit and Public Finance groups. While attorneys in our Higher Education practice have experience addressing a wide range of legal needs across numerous industries, they understand and appreciate the unique nature of issues faced by postsecondary institutions.

Our services range from specific assistance in specialized areas such as the hiring of faculty members to broad general counsel on all the various legal issues confronting higher education today. We are available to assist in providing counsel concerning business transactions, construction projects, real estate, acquisition and divestiture, labor and employment issues, taxable and tax-exempt financings, intellectual property, general corporate governance, student judicial affairs matters, and faculty tenure issues. We work closely with our clients to provide individualized services, preventative counseling, and timely, cost-effective solutions. 

Scope of Legal Services

  • Employment law advice and counsel
  • Access and affordability
  • Alcohol policies and consumption on campus
  • Background checks (for students, staff, and others on campus)
  • Campus construction and facilities
  • Challenges to student conduct sanctions
  • Clery Act compliance
  • Complex business and commercial transactions
  • Corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley
  • District governance and matters of compliance – The Brown Act, requests for public records, elections, and conflicts of interest
  • Endowment challenges
  • Federal Student Aid program reviews, audits and appeals
  • First Amendment freedoms of students and student groups
  • Intellectual property and technology transfer
  • Internal investigations
  • Labor relations and collective bargaining
  • Litigation defense – trial and appellate
  • Management training and workshops – sexual harassment prevention training
  • Nonprofit organizations and educational foundations
  • Personnel policy and procedure
  • Public finance – bond counsel, elections and financing 
  • Real estate development and campus expansion, including construction and bond work
  • Records retention policies and schedules
  • Research and clinical trial protocols
  • Research misconduct claims
  • Security and premises liability challenges of an open, active campus
  • State appropriations for higher education, including community colleges
  • Strategic diversity and EEO planning
  • Student loan debt issues
  • Student rights and discipline, including privacy issues
  • Student sexual assaults and related Title IX investigations
  • Tenure challenges
  • Title IX litigation
  • Whistleblowers on campus
  • Wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment

Members of the Higher Education team are connected with the leaders of numerous colleges and universities through their service on Boards of Directors, Boards of Trustees and Alumni Clubs and holding leadership positions with the following institutions and organizations affiliated with higher education: