A New President: What Does It Mean for Fraternities and Sororities?

Micah Kamrass, Fraternal Law Partners, mkamrass@manleyburke.com On January 20, 2021, the Biden/Harris administration will be sworn in. With the change in administrations, some have wondered how this may impact fraternities and sororities.          While this can be somewhat difficult to...
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Secretary of Education Resigns Days Before Inauguration

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com Betsy DeVos, the often-controversial Secretary of Education, announced her resignation in a one-page letter to President Trump on January 7, 2021. She left office just 12 days before the Biden Harris administration will be...
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Court Upholds USC’s Deferred Recruitment Even Though USC Knows It Violates Associational Rights

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com Two years ago, the University of Southern California (“USC”) instituted a deferred recruitment program that prohibited fraternities and sororities from recruiting new members from among the freshman class until those students had completed twelve...
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A New Supreme Court Justice: What Does It Mean for Sororities and Fraternities?

Micah Kamrass, Fraternal Law Partners, mkamrass@manleyburke.com On October 27, 2020 Amy Coney Barrett became a new Association Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States when she assumed the seat previously held by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Many...
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Indiana University Uses Student ID Cards To Track Student Movements

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com In 2018, Indiana University (“IU”) launched an investigation into allegations of hazing by the Beta Theta Pi chapter on campus. It ultimately resulted in sanctions against the chapter. What is now apparent, based on...
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“Off-Campus” Does Not Always Mean “Off the Hook”

Ilana L. Linder, Fraternal Law Partners, Ilana.linder@manleyburke.com In April 2015, Joseph Koch, a student at Kean University, was injured when he was shot by another individual while both were guests at a party at an off-campus house occupied by several...
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AKA National Sorority Dismissed from Hankins’ Lawsuit

Ilana L. Linder, Fraternal Law Partners, Ilana.linder@manleyburke.com Back in January 2019, Fraternal Lawreported that a new lawsuit had been filed by the family of Jordan Hankins, a Northwestern University basketball player and Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) pledge who committed suicide.[1]...
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Register now for the 2020 Virtual Fraternal Law Conference!

Even though we are not able to convene in person, this year’s conference will be as informative as ever. We are thrilled to announce that the keynote speaker will be Dr. E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University! Dr....
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Fighting to Defend Freedom of Association Rights for Fraternity Member is Not New

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com   Purdue University adopted the following rule: No student is permitted to join or be connected as a member or otherwise with any so-called Greek or other college secret society; and as a condition...
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New Pike Study: Fraternity and Sorority Members Significantly More Engaged, Satisfied

(The following summary is reprinted with permission from the North American Interfraternity Conference. The study showcases the value and benefits of fraternity and sorority life. During these uncertain times with the both the pandemic and the Abolish Greek Live movement,...
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