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Franczek Radelet Partner Ellen Babbitt Elected to NACUA Board of Directors

July 17, 2012

Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Ellen M. Babbitt has been nominated and voted in as a member-at-large of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).  NACUA is a prestigious association of attorneys representing colleges and universities throughout the world.  The vast majority of Board members serve in an in-house and general counsel capacity, and it is rare for an attorney in private practice to be elected to the NACUA Board.

“Ellen’s nomination reflects the high regard in which she is held within NACUA.  It is a true honor and recognizes the prominence of her practice within the national higher education legal community,” commented Ronald J. Hein, Jr., the Firm’s managing partner.

NACUA, founded in 1960 by a small group of attorneys, now boasts a membership of more than 1600 campuses (about 700 institutions), represented by more than 3800 attorneys.  The purpose of NACUA is to enhance legal assistance to colleges and universities by educating attorneys and administrators as to the nature of campus legal issues.  NACUA is governed by a Board of Directors including four elected officers who serve three-year terms, the immediate past president and 16 Members-at-Large who each serve three-year terms.  Ellen has been active in NACUA for nearly 20 years, previously serving on the NACUA Publications Committee, Editorial Board of the Journal of College and University Law, and NACUANOTES Board. 

Ellen, co-chair of the Firm’s Higher Education Practice Group, has concentrated her practice on the representation of public and private colleges, universities, and academic medical centers since 1991.  She counsels and advocates on behalf of institutions of higher learning in cases involving tenure, academic freedom, ADA accessibility, program closure, and compliance with faculty or student codes of conduct.  Ellen also represents institutions and individuals working within those institutions in government investigations, lawsuits, and administrative proceedings scrutinizing statutory, ethical, accreditation, and regulatory compliance.  Prior to joining Franczek Radelet in 2011, Ellen was a founding member of the Chicago law firm of Babbitt, Land & Warner LLP, which focused on representing colleges, universities, and academic medical centers.