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Joel D. Buckman

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Joel D. Buckman

Colleges and universities increasingly must 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 devotes the vast majority of his practice to education institutions and associations, ranging from non-profit and proprietary colleges and universities, to public and private primary and secondary schools. Joel's practice has involved a wide range of issues, including, OCR and 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 court 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 Hogan Lovells, Joel served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Duke University School of Law, 2009
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Bucknell University, 2006


  • New York State Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

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