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Elizabeth B. Meers

Partner
Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth B. Meers

Elizabeth Meers has been immersed in the education sector for more than 30 years. Whether the issue involves student financial aid, institutional or programmatic accreditation, state education licensure, civil rights, religious identity, or other education-related matters, Elizabeth has extensive knowledge of the law, agency practice, and education sector norms.

Elizabeth's broad background with federal and state regulations and accreditation standards governing the education sector benefits her clients, which include colleges and universities, independent schools, education associations, foundations, education companies, investors in the education sector, and other education organizations. Elizabeth applies her knowledge in counseling clients on compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements; negotiating contracts, including international initiatives, online programs, and mergers and acquisitions; and representing clients in legal proceedings involving federal and state agencies and accreditors.

Elizabeth led the Hogan Lovells Education Practice Area from 2004 to 2014. She also has been a higher education association executive, in-house counsel, and a college trustee. She is also an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

Elizabeth has been recognized for her leadership in the education community and for her pro bono legal services. The Best Lawyers in America named her 2014-15 Washington D.C. Education Law "Lawyer of the Year." Georgetown University Law Center has honored her twice, with the Alumnae Achievement Award in 1999 and the Paul R. Dean Award in 2005. Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington and the John Carroll Society commended her volunteer service to the Legal Network in 2005, 2010, and 2016.

Elizabeth served as a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Ferren of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in 1980-81.

Representative Experience

Representing higher education associations as amici curiae in cases involving student diversity, such as Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin II.

Assisting the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine with comments on proposed standards and policies of specialized accreditor.

Representing the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities as amicus curiae in cases involving National Labor Relations Board jurisdiction.

Serving as education regulatory counsel in negotiating affiliation between DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine.

Serving as education regulatory counsel to an affiliate of LifePoint Health in acquisition of a hospital with a health professions school.

Serving as education regulatory counsel to higher education clients in negotiating contracts with distance education service providers.

Participating in successful defense of Kamehameha Schools' admissions preference for native Hawaiians, Doe v. Kamehameha Schools.

Advising a public university concerning its acquisition of a religious-affiliated museum.

Education and admissions

Education

  • Certificate in Theological Studies, Georgetown University, School of Summer and Continuing Education, 1994
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1980
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Radcliffe College, 1975

Memberships

  • First Vice President, John Carroll Society; Second Vice President, 2009-2011
  • Immediate Past Chair, Advisory Council, Archdiocesan Legal Network, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, 2009-2010; Chair, 2007-2009; Member, 2001-2010
  • Member, Board of Regents, Georgetown University, 2002-2007 
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys; Interim Executive Director, September 2000-January 2001
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association; Chair and Vice-Chair, Federal Grants Committee, Public Contract Section, 1985-1997
  • Trustee, Radcliffe College, 1979-1987
  • Trustee, The William Bingham Foundation

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

1999

Alumnae Achievement Award, Georgetown University Law Center

2005

Pro Bono Legal Service Award

The John Carroll Society

2005

Paul R. Dean Award

Georgetown University Law Center

2010

James Cardinal Hickey Award, Archdiocesan Legal Network

2013-2017

Education Law

The Best Lawyers in America

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