What Happened in Maryland Must Stay in Maryland 

Ilana L. Linder, Fraternal Law Partners, ilana.linder@manleyburke.com System-wide suspensions of all social fraternities and sororities on college campuses is not a new concept. While some restrictions are voluntarily imposed by campus Interfraternity Councils (IFCs) or Panhellenic Associations (PHAs) in response...
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Changing Landscapes In Greek Organization Relationships With Universities

Stephen Bernstein & Rob Derdiger 1 Increasingly, chapters chartered by national fraternal organizations operate without university recognition. National organizations generally prefer to maintain formal alliances with universities, but some also assert their freedom to exist and perpetuate regardless of university...
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Court Dismisses Suit Against Phi Kappa Psi Resulting from Chase Meola’s Death 

Emily C. Couch, Fraternal Law Partners, emily.couch@manleyburke.com In October 2020, an uninvited individual named Kinte Mitchell attended a party being held at the fraternity house of Ohio Delta Psi Fraternity, the local chapter of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at the...
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Beneficial Ownership Information Reports: What You Need to Know  

Alison C. Trianfo, Fraternal Law Partners, ali.trianfo@compliancemb.com A new federal reporting requirement rolled out with the new year. Effective January 1, 2024, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will now collect “beneficial ownership information” (BOI) about...
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Court Refuses to Find “Duty of Care” Based on “Beer Run”

Haellie Gordon,1 Fraternal Law Partners, hgordon@manleyburke.com On September 15, 2018, a motor vehicle driven by Jacob Heil struck pedestrian Benjamin Shemwell and Shemwell’s two sons, M.G. and Marco, as they were leaving a University of Kentucky football game.[1] While Benjamin...
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New Lawsuit Stems from Alleged Rape in 1991 

Micah E. Kamrass, Fraternal Law Partners, mkamrass@manleyburke.com             Statutes of limitation typically prohibit lawsuits from alleged incidents that occurred thirty-three (33) years ago. However, in late 2022, the State of New York enacted the New York Adult Survivors Act, which...
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NPC Files Amicus Curiae Brief in KKG Transgender Appeal 

Timothy Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com On January 10, 2024, the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit supporting Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) and urging the appellate court...
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The 25th Fraternal Law Conference: Celebrating Many Years of Insight and Progress

Ilana Linder, Fraternal Law Partners, Ilana.Linder@manleyburke.com As we prepare to embark on (what we believe to be) the 25th Fraternal Law Conference (“FLC”), we cannot help but reflect on the rich history and enduring relevance of this annual gathering. The...
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Top Risks in Higher Education and How Greek Life Helps

Dawn Wiese, Ph.D. Chief Operating Officer, FRMT, Ltd.   When talking with higher education administrators, a sometimes-heard university position offered as justification for over-reach and excessive insurance coverage is “fraternities present among our greatest risks on campus.” As a former...
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Makes History in Digital Banking 

Alison Trianfo, Fraternal Law Partners, ali.trianfo@manleyburke.com Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) put its money where its mouth is when it announced the nation’s first Black-owned, women-led, sorority-based credit union earlier this year.[1] The nation’s first Greek organization established by...
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