Colleges, universities, and K-12 schools are determining how to continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Institutions must protect employees, students, residents and the community at large while delivering education in a way that complies with quickly changing federal, state and accreditor regulations. Duane Morris’ education attorneys are poised to aid these institutions on transitioning to a temporary distance education model based on guidelines set by the Department of Education and various regulatory bodies, and also other fronts, such as:

  • protecting civil rights of students and employees while implementing new processes and policies;
  • advising on employer responsibilities and employee rights;
  • creating temporary work-from-home policies;
  • assisting with student housing concerns, including leases, construction bonds, and funding;
  • financial restructuring;
  • advocacy with government agencies;
  • ensuring appropriate and timely communication is sent to the college community; and 
  • steps to take if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19.

Education Technology (EdTech) is a rapidly expanding, but highly specialized and regulated sector of the education industry. Just as market forces came together to combine technology with education to meet market needs, the legal intersection between intellectual property, education, and privacy and data protection laws has created a great need for highly specialized EdTech legal practitioners.  Understanding and navigating these legal issues is key to success in the EdTech space. Duane Morris’ multi-disciplinary EdTech team was formed to capture our capabilities and experiences through an industry-focused lens. And, because the EdTech sector is focused on using technology to meet the needs of the education industry, our industry leading IP practice is an important component of our EdTech Team.  Our EdTech Team is primarily focused in the following areas with respect to the education technology sector:

  • Transactional: Mergers and acquisitions, lending and finance, capital markets, funding and investment opportunities.
  • Education Regulation and Compliance: Requirements of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), accreditors, and state licensing agencies along the following learning continuum: (1) Early childhood education (ECE); (2) K-12; (3) higher education; and (4) lifelong learning and corporate training. 
  • IP: Patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and other technology disputes and litigation, enforcement and defense, alternative dispute resolution, licensing opportunities and strategies, and patent and trademark prosecution.
  • Privacy and Data Security: Website disclosures, FAQs, terms of use, privacy policies and e-signatures, cybersecurity, and privacy and data concerns.

For More Information

For more information, please contact Anthony J. Guida, Jr. or any of the group members referenced in the Attorney Listing.


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