2019 NASPA Student Affairs Law Conference

December 12 – December 14, 2019
San Diego, California

The Student Affairs Law Conference is an exciting event focusing on recent legal trends in higher education law and policy development and the needs of your campus.

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Student affairs professional practice is impacted daily by changing state and federal laws that require educators to stay at the forefront of a rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape. At this conference, participants will engage with a diverse range of content experts and gain skills that will build upon their capacity to address pressing legal issues. This event is centered on  the most important current trends in higher education law and is a valuable learning opportunity for student affairs professionals ranging from housing to campus conduct professionals as well as mid- and senior-level administrators. Join us for this event to connect with colleagues and to connect your campus' needs with information and approaches to address current legal challenges affecting student affairs and higher education.  

Selected presentation topics include:

  • Federal laws and policies impacting students
    • First Amendment and free speech on campus
    • Supporting undocumented or DACA-mented students
    • Disability law
    • Protest, and the First Amendment on campus
  • Managing student mental health
  • Sexual assault/Title IX and compliance
  • Intersections of policy and social justice concerns on college campuses
  • State level policy and laws impacting institutions
    • Marijuana policy
    • Conceal and carry
    • Free speech zones
    • Navigating conflicts between federal and state law
  • Risk management
    • Fraternity and sorority life


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • New Professional
  • Graduate
  • Student Conduct
  • Title IX
  • Residence Life
  • Risk Management


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The schedule will be updated continuously.

Thu, Dec 12

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Session
The Contested Campus: Free Speech versus Institutional Values
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Program Welcome and Opening Plenary Session
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Session I
Concealed Carry on Campus: Get Your Guns Up!
Refocusing on Respondent Rights: Addressing Due Process Concerns Without Compromising Survivor Safety
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session II
When the First Amendment and Campus Values Collide
High Up There: Lessons Learned and Policy/Practice Implications from 5+ Years from Legal Cannabis Adult Use State
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Opening Reception

Fri, Dec 13

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome Session and Morning Plenary
Moving Beyond Free Speech Clashes: Redirecting Our Efforts Toward Diversity, Inclusion, and Professional Growth
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Concurrent Session III
Fraternity and Sorority Law- what’s new?
Disability and Compliance
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session IV
Student Mental Health, Well-being, and the Responsibility at Institutions of Higher Education
Restorative Justice and Title IX Informal Resolutions
Opening the Door: Restorative Justice in Title IX Cases
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break (no host)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session V
Title IX Explained: New Policies, New Cases, and New Enforcement
Implementing Restorative Justice Programs on Campus: Considerations for Policy and Procedure
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Afternoon speaker / panel
Kevin Kruger with VPSA panels
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session VI
Promise in the Shadows: Supporting Undocumented and DACA-mented Student
Disability and Compliance

Sat, Dec 14

7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Closing Plenary Session
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session VII
Addressing Student Concerns in a Socially Just Manner
A Question of Legal Responsibility: Higher Education, the Free Exercise Clause, and Religious, Secular, and Spiritual identity
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Debrief / Ask the Experts

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The Contested Campus: Free Speech versus Institutional Values

Thursday, December 12th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Join us for an overview of first amendment legal cases and an analysis of the shifting landscape of free speech on campus. The facilitators will engage participants to think broadly about first amendment considerations and educational opportunities. This session will focus on discussing the intersections of campus values/social justice and free speech, student versus employee speech, student organizations and expression, campus activism, and campus-based training considerations. If time allows, participants will engage in table top exercises.


Registration rates are based on your NASPA membership. If you are not a member, please vist the NASPA Membership page for more information.

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Registration Fees

04/15/2019 to 10/07/2019
10/07/2019 to 11/08/2019
Late / On-Site
11/09/2019 to 12/16/2019
Student Member

Pre-Conference Workshop

04/15/2019 to 10/07/2019
10/07/2019 to 11/08/2019
Late / On-Site
11/09/2019 to 12/16/2019
Student Member


Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director for Constituent Experiences and Services
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Jill Dunlap
Director for Research and Practice
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext 1196


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The registration rate displayed is based on your current membership status. If your membership expires or changes before the event, your registration rate will change, and you will be expected to pay the rate that coincides with your new level of NASPA membership.


We are pleased to introduce you to our featured speakers.

  • David Arnold

    David Arnold

    Assistant Vice President for Health, Safety, and Well-Being Initiatives

    Speaker Bio

  • Corey J. Benson

    Corey J. Benson

    Associate Dean of Students
    The University of Texas Permian Basin

    Speaker Bio

  • Michelle N. Deutchman

    Michelle N. Deutchman

    Executive Director of the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement
    University of California - Irvine

    Speaker Bio

  • Jill Dunlap

    Jill Dunlap

    Director for Research and Practice

    Speaker Bio

  • Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory

    Dean of Students
    Texas Tech University

    Speaker Bio

  • Brandi Hephner

    Brandi Hephner

    Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Higher Education
    The University of Mississippi

    Speaker Bio

  • Ryan Holmes

    Ryan Holmes

    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
    University of Miami - Florida

    Speaker Bio

  • Sean Horrigan

    Sean Horrigan

    Director of University Centers and Staff Development
    University of San Diego

    Speaker Bio

  • Neal Hutchens

    Neal Hutchens

    Professor and Chair for the Department of Higher Education
    University of Mississippi

    Speaker Bio

  • Micah Kamrass

    Micah Kamrass

    Manley Burke, LPA

    Speaker Bio

  • David Karp

    David Karp

    Professor and Director of the Center for Restorative Justice
    University of San Diego

    Speaker Bio

  • Kevin Kruger

    Kevin Kruger


    Speaker Bio

  • J. Cody Nielsen

    J. Cody Nielsen

    Founder and Executive Director
    Convergence on Campus

    Speaker Bio

  • Kyhm Penfil

    Kyhm Penfil

    Campus Counsel
    University of California - Irvine

    Speaker Bio

  • Jeffrey Sun

    Jeffrey Sun

    Department Chair, Professor and Affiliate Professor of Law
    University of Louisville

    Speaker Bio

  • Christine Street

    Christine Street

    Associate Vice Provost of Institutional Accessibility and ADA Compliance
    University of Southern California

    Speaker Bio

  • Lori White

    Lori White

    Vice Chancellor for Students
    Washington University

    Speaker Bio

  • Kaaren Williamsen

    Kaaren Williamsen

    Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center
    University of Michigan

    Speaker Bio


If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2019 NASPA Student Affairs Law Conference, please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-mail to [email protected] by November 1, 2019. Questions? Contact Kristie Jacobsen Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected].


Loews Coronado Bay Resort - San Diego
Coronado, CA

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort - San Diego starting at $199/night (not including 12.55% occupancy fee). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Our special room rate includes a discounted resort fee of $7 and a discounted self-parking rate of $20. Attendees may also enjoy a 15% discount on spa services through Sea Spa.

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Hotel Room Rate/Night
Loews Coronado Bay Resort - San Diego
4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 424-4000
$199 - Single/Double
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