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Ilana Linder
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Ilana L. Linder “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” -Elie Wiesel

Ilana is an associate with Fraternal Law Partners. She is a Cincinnati native who joined Manley Burke as an associate in 2018. Her practice focuses on higher education and real estate matters.

Ilana earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University before attending law school at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. While in law school, she served as an articles editor for the Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality, and was awarded oral advocacy honors while participating in the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition. She also received two “CALI Excellence for the Future Awards” in recognition of her academic accomplishments in the law of philanthropy and nonprofit organizations. After law school, she earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership and started her (current) Ph.D. in Education Policy program at the IU School of Education.

Ilana has an extensive background in different facets of university administration. She has worked with the Indiana University Foundation and the Eskenazi Museum of Art in charitable gift planning and development capacities, and served as the Academic Policy Fellow for IU Policy Administration for several years. Most recently, she served as a legal compliance consultant with the IU Office of Online Education.

She is a regular contributor to the Fraternal Law Newsletter and the Education Law Association’s School Law Reporter and currently serves on the board of directors for the Education Law Association.


Quick Facts


225 West Court Street  Cincinnati, OH 45202


Practice Areas:

Real Estate & Housing
Estate Planning




District of Columbia

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Pro Hac Vice admissions in the Supreme Court of Vermont, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.


2021 (expected), Ph.D. in Education Policy, Indiana University School of Education


2017, M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Indiana University School of Education


2016, J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law (cum laude; Articles Editor, Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality; Oral Advocacy Honors)


2013, B.A., Tufts University (cum laude)

Professional & Community Affiliations

Ohio State Bar Association


Cincinnati Bar Association

Education Law Association- Board of Directors 2020


American Educational Research Association


“Hangry” for School Lunch Guidance, Journal of Law & Education, 2019. 


The Endrew Decision’s Impact on the Education of Students With Autism: Implications for Practice and Policy, Focus on Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities, 2019. 

Summarize approximately 3-6 Northeastern Reporter state court opinions per month for the Education Law Association’s School Law Reporter, 2017-present.


Regular contributor to Fraternal Law Newsletter.

The 10th Anniversary of Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: Little Guidance from Subsequent Court Decisions, West Education Law Reporter, 2019. 


Legal Issues Concerning Greek Life on College Campuses, Education Law Association Annual Meeting, Norfolk, VA (November 2019) 


Anti-Lunch Shaming Acts: Recipes for Ending Embarrassment in School Lunchrooms, Education Law Association Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, November 2018

Using Compliance to Support Innovation, Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate Conference, Denver, CO, April 2019


A Strategic and Collaborative Approach to Online Education Compliance, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, February 2019


Combining Compliance with Quality, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Central Region Conference, St. Louis, MO, September 2018


School Dress Codes: “Covering Up” Distractions or Discrimination?, Education Law Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2017

Homeless and Refugee Student Education, Webinar Presentation. American Education Research Association (AERA): Division A Webinar Presentation, November 2016


Advocates for Social Justice: Leaders, the Law, and Diverse Student Populations, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI, November 2016