Death of Stone Foltz Results in Severe Criminal Consequences

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com            Stone Foltz died on March 7, 2021 of alcohol poisoning.  He had a blood alcohol content reported to be four times over the legal limit.         ...
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Public University Attempts to Ban All Fraternities and Sororities

Micah Kamrass, Fraternal Law Partners, MKamrass@manleyburke.com            On May 13, 2021 Bloomsburg University’s President sent a two-sentence email to the student body. The email stated: "Effective immediately, Bloomsburg University is terminating its fraternity and sorority life (FSL) program and severing ties...
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Judge Blows the Whistle On The Implicit Bias Against Greek Organizations by University Administration

Kaylon Marion[1], Manley Burke LPA, kaylon.marion@manleyburke.com At early ages, we are taught the importance of being mindful of the company that we keep. It is commonly understood that your friends are an extension or representation of you. The question now...
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Mandatory Arbitration Provision in Fraternity/ Sorority Membership Agreements

Kemal Catalan[1], Manley Burke LPA, Kemal.catalan@manleyburke.com             Mandatory arbitration clauses are relatively standard in many industries, and the practice has been adopted by quite a few Greek letter organizations. Arbitration is different from mediation because the neutral arbitrator has the authority...
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DeVos’ Rules on Title IX Sexual Assault Investigations Will Be Reviewed

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com On March 2, the day that Miguel Cardona was sworn in as the new Secretary of the United States Department of Education, he received a letter signed by more than one hundred members of...
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Indiana Supreme Court Decides Bloomington Case

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com After several significant victories challenging zoning ordinances that put the fate of fraternity houses under local zoning ordinances in the hands of local universities, fraternity house owners suffered a significant set-back in the Indiana...
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State Covid-19 Liability Shields

Amy Hebbeler, Fraternal Law Partners, Amy.hebbeler@manleyburke.com A recent trend toward the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 has been for states to create state COVID-19 liability shields. Generally, these statutes prohibit an individual from holding a business civilly liable...
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Uva’s Anti-Hazing Policy Deemed Reasonable

 Ilana Linder, Fraternal Law Partners, Ilana.linder@manleyburke.com In the January 2019 Fraternal Law newsletter, we reported on a new lawsuit that had been filed against the University of Virginia (UVA) by a predominately-Latina sorority, Sigma Lambda Upsilon (SLU).[1]In its original complaint,...
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NPC News Release

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com On February 25, 2021, Carole J. Jones, the NPC Chairman, and Dani Weatherford, J.D., the NPC Chief Executive Officer, forwarded the following news release. We reprint it here because of the substantial attention now...
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Bowling Green State University and VCU Statements

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com Within the last month the families of Adam Oakes, a student at Virginia Commonwealth and Stone Foltz, a student at Bowling Green, have been left to mourn their deaths.  Both a deaths are being...
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