Joel D. Buckman

Joel D. Buckman

Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 202 637 6408

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Colleges and universities must increasingly compete for students, donors, and support. To achieve their goals, they must also navigate complex legal regimes. One half litigation and advocacy, the other half regulatory compliance and advising, Joel Buckman's practice focuses on helping colleges and universities achieve practical, strategic solutions to legal challenges.

Joel advises and represents education institutions and associations, ranging from nonprofit and proprietary colleges and universities to public and private primary and secondary schools. Joel's practice has involved a wide range of issues, including Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Department of Justice (DOJ) civil rights investigations, research misconduct investigations, faculty and staff labor and employment issues, adjunct and full-time faculty unionization efforts, donor disputes and restricted gift compliance, Title IV compliance, federal and state privacy law compliance, and governance.

Joel has represented institutions and associations in federal and state courts at trial and appellate levels, and in litigation before federal agencies. He has helped a number of institutions in accreditation matters before regional, national, and specialized accreditors, including commenting on proposed standards, requesting substantive changes, and responding to sanctions.

While in law school, Joel worked in the Children's Law Clinic on student discipline and special education matters, and was also an editor of the Duke Law Journal. Before joining the firm, Joel served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Awards and recognitions


Legal 500 U.S.

Education and admissions


J.D., Duke University School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2009

B.A., Bucknell University, summa cum laude, 2006


New York State Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

New York

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