Fraternity House Corporation Seeks Writ of Certiorari From the Supreme Court of the United States in Bloomington Zoning Case

Micah Kamrass, Fraternal Law Partners, mkamrass@manleyburke.com In the March 2021 Edition of Fraternal Law, we reported on the disappointing decision from the Indiana Supreme Court in City of Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals v UJ-Eighty Corp.[1] In that decision, the...
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Will Universities Increasingly View Chapter House Corporations as Competitors?

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Daily Briefing of August 3 linked to a story on TRIB live “Empty dorm rooms pose financial problems for Pennsylvania public universities”.  That article reported that many of the...
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Collin’s Law: What it Means For Fraternal Organizations in Ohio

Ilana Linder, Fraternal Law Partners, Ilana.Linder@manleyburke.com On July 6, 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law, “Collin’s Law: The Ohio Anti-Hazing Act” (“Collin’s Law”). While Ohio already had in place an anti-hazing statute (Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.31), Collin’s...
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Biden Administration Issues Q and A and Responds to Court Decision on Title IX Regulations that May Predict New Regulations

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com Clearly, addressing the issue of sexual assault on campus remains a priority of the Biden administration.  CNN reported that on Thursday, July 28, President Biden spoke to a “Summit” sponsored by Its On Us,...
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“ALL COMERS” NON DISCRIMINATION POLICY: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship et. al. v Board of Governors of Wayne State University;

Stephen R. Bernstein, Stephen R. Bernstein Law Offices, srb@srbernstein.com United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; Case 3:19-CV-10375 Introduction:            Plaintiffs, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship et.al., brought this lawsuit against Defendants, who are board members and administrators at...
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Eleven Questions That Advisors & Chapter Corporation Board Members Should Be Asking Their Undergraduates This Fall

David Westol, J.D., Principal & Owner, Limberlost Consulting, Inc., Carmel, Indiana We’ve read the headlines and the stories. We know that hazing has persisted in our chapters. We know that with the advent of a return to “normalcy” on campuses...
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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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