Thursday, April 28, 2022
8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Aloft Hotel
401 D St, Boston, MA

BBA Members: $460
In-House & Govt Members: $360
Non-Members: $560

Conference Archive

Higher Education Legal Conference

Join us for the BBA’s Higher Education Legal Conference, returning to an in-person format on April 28th. This annual conference brings together college and university in-house legal departments, administrators, and firm practitioners to discuss the complex legal needs of higher education institutions in a changing world.

The 2022 agenda will cover emerging trends and challenges facing in-house and outside counsel for colleges and universities today—including new global privacy regulations, mental health on campus, DEI initiatives on campus, legal implications of industry collaborations, COVID accommodations, staffing challenges, and more.

Thank you for your support of this conference. Please contact Mariah Hanlon at if you have any questions or concerns.


8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Networking Breakfast (optional)

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Mental Health on Campus

  • Denise Barton, Chief Deputy General Counsel, University of Massachusetts
  • Larry Berkowitz, Co-Founder and Director, Riverside Trauma Center
  • Alan Rose, Founder, Managing Partner, Rose Law Partners

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

DEI Initiatives on Campus

  • Laurie Bishop, General Counsel, Berklee College of Music & Partner, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein
  • Abra Francois, Assistant General Counsel, Tufts University
  • Dr. Nefertiti Walker, Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Managing Industry Engagement- Perspectives from a Vice Provost of Research, Industry Sponsor and University Counsel

  • Moderator: Martin Oppenheimer, Associate General Counsel, Boston University
  • Bill Shaw, Vice Provost of Research, Tufts University
  • Yogesh Sharma, Global Head, External Research Collaborations, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • Rob Leahy, Senior Research and Sponsored Programs Counsel, Northeastern University

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch – Boxed lunches provided

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Employee Recruitment and Retention in the Great Return

  • Moderator: Dahlia Fetouh, Deputy General Counsel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Greg Manousos, Partner, Morgan Brown & Joy
  • Amy Carlin, Director, In House Counsel Recruiting, Major, Lindsey & Africa
  • Marie Bowen, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Kijua Sanders-McMurty, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Mount Holyoke College

Data Matters: What University Counsel Needs to Know about Complying with New Data Privacy and Laws at Home and Abroad

  • Moderator: Steve Kerr, Associate General Counsel, Boston University
  • Shirley Liu, President, XL Law and Consulting P.A
  • Jason Baletsa, Counsel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Beth Knauss, Information Security Compliance Program Manager, Tufts University

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM


2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Government Enforcement Actions Involving Faculty with Foreign Affiliations

  • Moderator: David Bunis, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • David Aaron, Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie
  • Robert Fisher, Partner, Nixon Peabody
  • George Varghese, Partner, WilmerHale

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM


3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Navigating Disability-Related Challenges as Campuses Return to “Normal”

  • Phil Catanzano, Co-Founder, Education and Sports Law LLC
  • Karen Petrulakis, General Counsel, Wellesley College

Conflict of Interest: Influence on Research Compliance and University Integrity

  • Moderator: Destinee Waiters, Associate General Counsel, Suffolk University
  • Akiyo Fujii, Deputy General Counsel for Business Affairs, Tufts University
  • Madeleine Rodriquez, Partner, Foley Hoag
  • Nicole Picard, Associate General Counsel, Brown University

4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Networking Reception


Akiyo Fujii

Akiyo Fujii, Chair
Deputy General Counsel for Business Affairs
Tufts University

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David Bunis
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

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Dahlia Fetouh
Deputy General Counsel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Brigid Harrington
Of Counsel

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Headshots of the Office of the General Counsel.

Photo by Dan Aguirre for Boston University Photography

Lilly Huang
Associate General Counsel
Boston University

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Alexandra Mitropoulous
Higher Education Associate
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein


Destinee Waiters
Associate General Counsel
Suffolk University


Discounted group rates available. Contact Mariah Hanlon at


  • Boston Bar Members: $460
  • Government Lawyer Members: $250


  • Standard Non-Member: $560
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If you are interested in sponsoring the Higher Education Legal Conference, please contact Mariah Hanlon at


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