Press Release
February 14, 2018

Holland & Knight Partner Paul Lannon Elected to Board of Association of American Colleges and Universities

BOSTON (February 14, 2018) – Paul Lannon, the co-chair of Holland & Knight’s education practice, has been named to the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Mr. Lannon was elected at the organization’s annual meeting, held last month in Washington, D.C., and will serve a two-year term. He will be the first private attorney to sit on the AAC&U board.

“I am honored to join such a dedicated group of educational leaders,” said Mr. Lannon. “I look forward to working with them to advance AAC&U’s mission of promoting liberal learning and equity in undergraduate education in service to democracy.”

Mr. Lannon advises private educational institutions on a broad range of legal matters, including regulatory compliance, risk management, governance, Title IX sex discrimination and sexual assault, campus security, employment, faculty and student matters, and preventative training. He also acts as general outside counsel to several colleges and independent schools. He represents clients in state and federal courts, in U.S. attorney and state attorney general investigations, and before the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Justice and regulatory bodies.

Holland & Knight was among the first law firms in the United States to form a legal team dedicated to educational institutions. Members of its education team are ranked as leading lawyers in education law by nationally recognized publications, including the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Guide and the Best Lawyers in America Guide. Its clients call upon them to handle critical court battles and cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law and education.

About AAC&U: AAC&U is the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,400 member institutions, including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size. Information about AAC&U can be found at

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