Legal and Public Policy Conference

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Legal and Public Policy Conference

InterContinental New Orleans | New Orleans, LA
October 01, 2015 - October 03, 2015

CCCU Conference Team

conferences@cccu.org

202.546.8713


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Thursday, October 1
     
12:00 pm; 1:00 pm

Buffet Lunch, Welcome, and Introductions

Discussion Leaders: 

Shirley Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
Shapri D. LoMaglio, VP Government & External Relations, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities


1:00 pm
2:15 pm

Opening Session: Obergefell & Beyond

Presenter:

John Bursch, Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd

John Bursch argued the Obergefell case at the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 4 states who sued the U.S. Government. He will share here the experience of arguing one of the highest profile cases in the modern era and his view on what the decision means for the future of this area of jurisprudence.
2:15 pm
2:30 pm
Stretch Break
2:30 pm
3:45 pm
Session One: Post-Obergefell Policies (CLE credit approval pending)
How should your institution respond to the Obergefell case in your employee handbooks, student handbooks, housing policies, rental use agreements, and other policies?

Moderator:

Stephen R. Eck, Oklahoma Christian University

Jerry Mackey, General Counsel, BIOLA University
Stuart Lark, Partner, Bryan Cave
Chelsea Langston, Director of Membership & Equipping, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
Networking Break
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
Session Two: Leading By Example
We are well aware of the challenges. But what about the solutions? What proactive approaches can CCCU institutions take to contribute to the marketplace of ideas? How can we define ourselves instead of being defined by others. This highly interactive session will outline an offensive playbook rather than simply being on the defensive.

Presenters:
J. Christopher Jennings, Associate General Counsel, Azusa Pacific University
Suzanne Davis, Dean of the School of Business and Chief Legal Officer, Greenville College
5:30 pm
6:00 pm

Open Mic Roundtable Discussion: How to Use Mandatory Mediation & Arbitration Clauses Effectively   

Discussion Leader:

Matthew Nelson, Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd


6:00 pm
7:30 pm
Dinner on your Own
7:30 pm
 9:15 pm

Optional Session with CLS:

"Main Session 1" - La Salle Ballroom

Thabiti Anyabwile, Pastor, Author
     
    Friday, October 2
8:00 am 9:00 am
Breakfast & Devotional
9:00 am 10:15 am

Session Three:    

Weathering the Labor Relations Storm (CLE Credit Pending Approval)

Moderator:

Mark Dickerson, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Azusa Pacific University

Panelists:
Jeff Berman, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Mary Kay Klimesh, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP 

Just like the boat, Andrea Gail, in the movie "The Perfect Storm," colleges and universities are about to be caught in the confluence of three recent actions of the National Labor Relations Board. In its decision in Pacific Lutheran University, the Board established a new two-part test to determine whether it is required to decline to assert jurisdiction over religious colleges and universities. With a little work, a religious school should have little trouble satisfying the first part. However, satisfaction of the second part will be a challenge for many schools.

The second event in the creation of the Board's Perfect Storm, is its new “quickie election" rules, which compress the time available to an employer to educate its employees regarding the pros and cons of voting for union representation. These rules change many of the due process rights that employers have enjoyed for decades.

The last event is the new rule in Specialty Healthcare, which, as a practical matter, allows unions to gerrymander Board voting units to small units in which the unions believe they have the best chance of winning the election. Our panelists will lead an interactive discussion with a goal of better equipping the attendees to survive these choppy waters.

10:15 am 10:45 am
Stretch Break
10:45 am
12:00 pm

Session Four:

How to Craft an Effective Media Strategy for a Countercultural Cause

Panelists:
John Bursch, Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd

Shapri LoMaglio, Vice President, Government and External Relations, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Lucas Roebuck, Chief Communications Officer, Director of Government Affairs, John Brown University

12:00 pm 1:30 pm
Lunch with CLS: Christian Legal Scholars’ Symposium & Luncheon($45 additional fee) or Lunch on your own
1:45 pm 2:45 pm
Session Five: The Last Stand: The Ministerial Exception (CLE Credit Pending Approval)

How to Position Your Institution to Gain the Most Benefit from the Ministerial Exception

Panelists:
Matthew Nelson, Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd
Jim Davids, Associate Professor, Regent University School of Law
2:45 pm 3:45 pm

Session Six: To Be a Church or Not to Be a Church?

As the regulatory environment increasingly moves in the direction of requiring increased affiliation with denominations and religious organizations many are wondering, should be become a church an integrated auxiliary or an association of churches? Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of this approach, including the tax and other implications.

Moderator:
Mark Dickerson, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Azusa Pacific University

Panelists:
Greg Larson, Principal Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organizations Code-Chair, Gray Plant Mooty
Stu Lark, Partner, Bryan Cave
3:45 pm
4:15 pm
Networking Break
4:15 pm
5:30 pm
Session Seven: Title IX: It’s a New Era - How Should CCCU Institutions Respond?

Moderator:
Bill Russell, General Counsel & Executive Director of Community Relations, Northwest Nazarene University

Presenters:
Katherine Nash, Attorney, Gray Plant Mooty
Jerry Mackey, General Counsel, Biola University
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
Open Mic Roundtable Discussion:  Academic Freedom at the Christian College

Discussion Leaders: 

Bill Russell, General Counsel & Associate Vice President for Advancement, Northwest Nazarene University

6:00 pm
6:30 pm
Dinner
6:30 pm
7:30 pm
Open Mic Discussion – What’s on Your Mind

Discussion Leader:
Jerry Mackey, General Counsel, BIOLA University
8:30 pm
9:30 pm

Optional Session with CLS:

"Main Session 3" - La Salle Ballroom

Richard Hammar, Attorney, CPA, and Author

     
    Saturday, October 3
8:00 am
9:15 am

Session Eight: Devotional & Breakfast Discussion with Shirley Hoogstra

President, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
9:15 am
 10:00 am

Session Nine: Title IV Challenges: Myth vs. Fact

Presenters:

Kent Talbert, Attorney at Law, Kent Talbert Law PLLC


10:00 am
10:15 am
Stretch Break
10:15 am
11:45 am
Session Ten:

Option One: Discussion on State Authorization for Distance Education

Presenters:

Shawn Matter, Executive Director of Regulatory Compliance, Indiana Wesleyan University

Lana Kirk, Assistant Director for Regulatory Compliance, Indiana Wesleyan University  

Option Two: CLS Workshop   “Legal Hotspots, Risk Management, and Emerging Issues for Churches and Non-Profits” – Pelican I   

Presenter:  

H. Robert Showers, Principal, Simms Showers LLP  

 

Option Three: CLS Workshop   “The Future of Marriage Law post-Obergefell” – Frenchman II  

Presenter:  

Jordan Lorence, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom