The 9th annual HEREL conference will begin at 8:45 a.m. on September 15, 2011 and end at approximately 2:00 p.m. on September 16, 2011. We will continue to update this page with additional session information and the agenda so please check back periodically for additional information.

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Structuring renewable energy projects to capture tax benefits and rebates: Turning Sunlight Into Cash

Rules for Mixed Marriages - Structuring Deals Between For-Profit and Non-Profit Entities
This is a fundamentals course that will focus on basic structuring issues including:

  • Choosing the right partner—can institutional mindset accommodate a free-wheeling entrepreneurial style?
  • Selecting an appropriate legal structure for transactions between higher educational institutions and for profit entities
  • Tax considerations for non-profits when transacting with for-profit entities
  • Exit strategies that align the interests of both parties

Real Estate Issues Related to Foreign Educational Programs
This course will focus on the different legal considerations involved in international real estate issues including: implications for permanent establishment; potential tax ramifications; tort and contract liability; foreign direct investment restrictions and conditions, potential insurance and risk coverage and other related matters.  Additionally, the session will discuss these issues as related to real property ownership, leases and other arrangements and will include real examples in different jurisdictions.  

Campus Telecommunications: Technology Trends and Traps for the Unwary
An overview of the new telecommunications technologies available for university campuses, including in-building wireless systems (distributed antenna systems) which enhance campus/stadium wireless coverage for mobile phones, computers and public safety responders, followed by a description of some of the major physical and legal problems experienced by universities over the last decade with telecommunications technologies and telecommunications agreements, especially when the previous “must have, end-all” technology is suddenly replaced by new technology. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the structure of the contracts associated with telecommunication services and drafting suggestions for attorneys negotiating or revising these contracts.

Legal Issues in Student Housing
This course will examine a variety of issues that arise in the context of on-campus student housing including search and seizure; liability exposure for housing students with criminal records; institutional liability for harm arising from resident students’ drug and alcohol use—the special case of hazing; and best practices for addressing risk-management concerns over suicidal and other at risk students.

Draft Your Design and Construction Contracts to Manage ADA Risk or Be Prepared to Survive an ADA/Section 504 Audit!
This session will provide a brief overview of key developments in the regulation of accessibility of college facilities, and will focus on offering practical advice for drafting design and construction documents to minimize the risk of non-compliant conditions in new and renovated buildings.  It will also provide guidance on what to expect and how to navigate a governmental audit relating to your campus, in the event that one is initiated.

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