Navigating the rapid changes and complexities of federal, state and local legislation coupled with differences between state and institution types can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned higher education professional.

Join host Tony Doody as he speaks with one of the co-authors of The Law of Higher Education, Dr. Barbara Lee, about current legal issues and their potential impact on our field over the next decade.

Some of the questions addressed in this episode include: How can we support first amendment rights and activism while protecting property rights and educational services? Why is the latest Supreme Court case dealing with affirmative action so important and what are the potential implications for Higher Education? What are the legal tensions surrounding the issue of guns on campus? In a post in loco parentis age, what responsibility do higher education professionals bear for poor behavior and decision making made by students? How should we best manage issues of freedom of speech, harassment, academic integrity, and privacy in a modern era of social media and technology?

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Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Dr. Barbara Lee

Professor Barbara A. Lee, former dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) and Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management, assumed the position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (SVPAA) for Rutgers University on July 1, 2015.
Dr. Lee, who holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Ohio State University and a law degree from Georgetown University, has been a member of the Rutgers faculty since 1982 and teaches employment law and higher education law.  She has authored or co-authored several books in her field, including The Law of Higher Education, now in its 5th edition, A Legal Guide for Student Affairs Professionals, and Academics in Court: The Consequences of Faculty Discrimination Litigation, as well as over 100 articles on employment discrimination and higher education issues.
Dr. Lee has chaired the New Jersey Bar Association’s Higher Education Committee and is a former member of the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).  She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, chair of the editorial board of The Journal of College & University Law and a NACUA Fellow.  The Alice Paul Institute awarded her its Alice Paul Equality Award in 2011 in recognition of her work on behalf of women in the workforce.  Rutgers honored her in 2009 with the Daniel Gorenstein Award, for her excellence in scholarship and service to the University over a sustained period of time.