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LaKeisha C. Marsh

Partner 
71 South Wacker Drive
46th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
 
Tel:
312.634.5700
Fax:
312.424.1900
 
 

With a comprehensive legal background serving the higher education sector, including as an NCAA staff member, LaKeisha Marsh focuses her practice on representing colleges, universities, and related institutions on federal and state regulatory compliance, accreditation, state licensure, distance education programs, institutional governance, and collegiate sports and NCAA compliance-related matters. She has structured and executed a broad range of transactional, restructuring, finance, and corporate governance matters for educational institutions.

She regularly advises clients on matters including student discipline, student accommodations, Title IX compliance including complaints and investigations, FERPA, Clery Act and collegiate athletic issues. She brings vast working experience and knowledge of the laws, regulations and informal guidance that together govern institutional participation Title IV federal student aid programs. She has managed all facets of student litigation, representing an institution when dealing with the U.S. Department of Education, Title IV program reviews, and federal and state cases.

In addition to her expansive private practice, LaKeisha previously served as an executive at an entrepreneurial, not-for-profit educational system, where she managed the legal department responsible for corporate governance, compliance, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation management.

She frequently speaks on higher education topics including Title IX, sexual misconduct and student-athletes, collegiate athletics, and transgender issues. As a former member of the NCAA staff, in the Academic and Membership Affairs department (formerly Membership Services), LaKeisha has firsthand knowledge of the NCAA bylaws and rules for Division I, II, and III athletics. She has handled NCAA certification, compliance reviews, infractions and appeals, student-athlete eligibility and waivers, and Title IX and gender equality matters.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Emerging Lawyers, 2017, Listed for School Law
 
Published Works & Lectures
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DRI, Products Liability Conference, Speaker, "Sports Concussion Litigation," February 2017
 
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American Bar Association, Forum on Entertainment & Sports 2016 Annual Meeting, Speaker, "Hot Topics in College Sports," October 2016
 
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National Association of College & University Attorneys' (NACUA), Speaker, "Navigating Legal Issues Involving Transgender Students," and "College Athletics 101: What Every University Lawyer Should Know," June 2016
 
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Michigan Community College Business Officer's Association, Speaker, "Gainful Employment," March 2015
 
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Association of Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities, Speaker, "Sexual Misconduct and Internal Investigations," March 2015
 
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Association of Corporate Counsel, Speaker, "Emotional Intelligence for Lawyers in Unique Situations," March 2015
 
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Opportunities for UnderRepresented Scholars (OURS), Program of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Speaker, "Legal Issues in High Education," April 2015
 
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Lewis University, Speaker, "Sexual Violence and Athletics," April 2015
 
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Southern Gas Association Legal Roundtable, Speaker, "Ethics: Who's the Client - In-House Counsel Serving Multiple Roles," July 2015
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Girls in the Game, Board Member
 
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National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Member
 
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NCAA Division II Infractions Appeal Committee, Chair
 
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Posse Foundation, Chicago Leadership Council
 
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Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Member
 
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National Bar Association, Member
 
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American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
 
Related Professional Experience
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TCS Education System, Associate Vice President & Senior Counsel, 2008-2014
 
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National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Assistant Director of Academic & Membership Affairs, 2006-2008
 

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LaKeisha C. Marsh

Practice
Government Affairs & Public Policy
Education
J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2005
B.A., Clark Atlanta University, 2000; Political Science
Bar Admissions
Illinois
 
 
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