Jennifer D. DeMay

Special Counsel

  • Jennifer D. DeMay
  • Phone: +1 312 499 6728

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 3700
    Chicago, IL 60603-3433

Jennifer D. DeMay practices in the area of education law. Having spent over 20 years in education-related companies in in-house legal and regulatory roles, Ms. DeMay understands the wide-ranging needs of her clients. She has an institutional perspective on the needs of admissions, student accounting, financial aid and student services and the intersection of risk and compliance with operations.

Ms. DeMay has considerable experience advising on corporate governance, compliance with federal financial aid requirements, Title IX (sexual harassment) investigations and training as well as ADA compliance. She has worked with all 50 states on state licensing requirements and engaged in the accreditation process with numerous institutional and programmatic accrediting agencies.  Ms. DeMay is a certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and provides guidance on the development and implementation of compliance programs.

During her career, she has supported institutional growth and development initiatives through new campus branching, workforce development partnerships and acquisitions.  While in-house, Ms. DeMay supported a number of educational acquisitions and divestitures with a focus on due diligence and the regulatory approval process as well as the transitional services which follow for successful integration.

She enjoys helping educational institutions address challenges, meet their goals while serving their mission in the ever-changing educational landscape.

Ms. DeMay is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the University of Illinois.

Areas of Practice

  • Federal and State Educational Law Compliance

  • Higher Education Accreditation and State Licensing

  • Governance

  • Student Financial Aid


  • Illinois


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1995


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Special Counsel, 2022-present
  • Unitek Learning, Inc.
    - General Counsel, 2020-2022
  • Adtalem Global Education
    - Vice President and Senior Assistant General Counsel, 2018-2020
  • TCS Education System
    - General Counsel, 2014-2018
    - Vice President and Counsel, Office of Compliance and Legal Affairs, 2010-2014
  • Dallas Nursing Institute
    - Interim Executive Director, 2015
  • Education Management Corporation
    - Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, 2010
    - Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, 2005-2010
    - Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, 2003-2005
    - Director of Education Compliance, 2002-2003
  • Archdiocese of Chicago
    - Counsel, 2000-2002
    - Associate Counsel, 1998-2000

Professional Activities

  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

  • Career Education Colleges, 2020-present

  • National Association of Colleges and Universities, 2010-2018

  • American Bar Association

  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), 2012

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Compliance and Best Practices for Catalogs, Publications and Student-Facing Materials," Duane Morris LLP Boot Camp for Education Legal Leadership, Webinar, February 28, 2024
  • Speaker, "What Does It All Mean? The U.S. Department of Education’s Regulatory Reach Over Service Providers for Institutions of Higher Education," Duane Morris LLP Webinar, March 2, 2023

Selected Publications