College, University and School Law

Alan D. Rose, the Managing Partner of the firm, is recognized as one of Boston’s premier lawyers in the field of Education Law by The Best Lawyers in America.  In 2013, he was named the Education Lawyer of the Year in Boston by The Best Lawyers in America.  He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and has been a speaker at its annual conferences in San Antonio in 1995 (tenure litigation), Washington, D.C., in 2000 (student discipline cases), San Diego in 2001 (student discipline), and mid-year conferences in Austin, Texas in 2003 and Phoenix, Arizona in 2005 (ADA claims). He has also appeared on CNN, New England Cable News, and Channel 5 on higher education-related issues. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association College and University Law Section.

Judith R. Sizer, the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Brandeis University, joined Rose, Chinitz & Rose in February, 2014.  Judy has chaired the Boston Bar Association College and University Law Section, is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and has spoken on education issues at conferences sponsored by NACUA, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Boston Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Conference for Board Members.   She has served on the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Public Charities and on a BBA Task Force on Chapter 180, the Massachusetts charitable corporations statute.

Rose, Chinitz & Rose represents colleges and universities, as well as independent schools and other academic institutions, in a wide variety of matters including tenure denial and tenure revocation, student discipline and disability, employment law, commercial litigation and defense of governmental investigations and prosecutions. In recent years, we have represented and defended Bentley College, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Emerson College, Hampshire College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New England School of Acupuncture, New York University, Noble and Greenough School, Princeton University, Pine Manor College, Regis College, Rivers School, Tufts University, the University of Pennsylvania, Western New England College and the America East Conference. We have also represented college and university presidents, trustees, deans, provosts, department chairs, tenure committees, and other faculty members in their administrative and academic roles.

With the arrival of Judy Sizer, the firm can offer additional depth and experience in numerous areas, including advice and counsel on Board issues (governance, bylaws, state law compliance), fundraising and development (gift agreements, endowment restrictions, AGO inquiries), legal, compliance and risk management reviews and audits, contract and policy review, training, museum collections and other academic and administrative concerns.

Leigh Campbell, an associate who joined the firm in 2011, has advised colleges on compliance issues, including student handbooks, ADA issues, faculty terminations, FERPA, and litigation avoidance.  Brian Lipkin and Vicki Fuller, associates who both joined the firm in 2012, have assisted in connection with litigation involving faculty and staff.

Alan Rose, assisted by his colleagues at our firm, has had the following experiences, among others:


Judy Sizer’s experiences include, among others:  

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