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All the Campus Lawyers

Litigation, Regulation, and the New Era of Higher Education

Louis H. Guard, Joyce P. Jacobsen

ISBN 9780674296763

Publication date: 04/16/2024

How colleges and universities can respond to legal pressures while remaining true to their educational missions.

Not so long ago, colleges and universities had little interaction with the law. In the 1970s, only a few well-heeled universities even employed in-house legal counsel. But now we live in the age of tenure-denial lawsuits, free speech battles, and campus sexual assault investigations. Even athletics rules violations have become a serious legal matter. The pressures of regulation, litigation, and legislation, Louis Guard and Joyce Jacobsen write, have fostered a new era in higher education, and institutions must know how to respond.

For many higher education observers and participants, including most administrators and faculty, the maze of legal mandates and potential risks can seem bewildering. Guard, a general counsel with years of higher education law experience, and Jacobsen, a former college president, map this unfamiliar terrain. All the Campus Lawyers provides a vital, up-to-date assessment of the impact of legal concerns on higher education and helps readers make sense of the most pressing trends and issues, including civil rights; free speech and expression; student life and wellness; admissions, advancement, and community relations; governance and oversight; the higher education business model; and on-campus crises, from cyberattacks to pandemics.

As well as informing about the latest legal and regulatory developments affecting higher education, Guard and Jacobsen offer practical guidance to those in positions of campus authority. There has never been a more crucial time for college and university boards, presidents, inside and outside counsel, and other higher education leaders to know the law and prepare for legal challenges.


  • Louis H. Guard is Vice President and General Counsel at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He teaches a seminar in the law of higher education at Cornell Law School.
  • Joyce P. Jacobsen is former President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she is currently Professor of Economics. She is Andrews Professor of Economics, Emerita, at Wesleyan University and author of several books in feminist, gender, and labor economics. In 2021 she received the American Economic Association’s Carolyn Shaw Bell Award for furthering the status of women in the field of economics.

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