With a comprehensive legal background serving the higher education sector, including as an NCAA staff member, LaKeisha C. Marsh is the chair of Akerman’s Higher Education and Collegiate Athletics Practice.
She focuses her practice on representing colleges, universities, and related institutions on federal and state regulatory compliance, accreditation, state licensure, distance education programs, institutional governance, and collegiate sports and NCAA compliance-related matters.
She has structured and executed a broad range of transactional, restructuring, finance, and corporate governance matters for educational institutions. She also serves as deputy chair of Akerman’s Government Affairs and Public Policy Practice Group.
She regularly advises clients on matters including student discipline, student accommodations, Title IX compliance including complaints and investigations, FERPA, Clery Act and collegiate athletic issues. She brings vast working experience and knowledge of the laws, regulations and informal guidance that together govern institutional participation Title IV federal student aid programs.
She has managed all facets of student litigation, representing an institution when dealing with the U.S. Department of Education, Title IV program reviews, and federal and state cases.
In addition to her expansive private practice, LaKeisha previously served as an executive at an entrepreneurial, not-for-profit educational system, where she managed the legal department responsible for corporate governance, compliance, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation management.
She frequently speaks on higher education topics including Title IX, sexual misconduct and student-athletes, collegiate athletics, and transgender issues. As a former member of the NCAA staff, in the Academic and Membership Affairs department (formerly Membership Services), LaKeisha has firsthand knowledge of the NCAA bylaws and rules for Division I, II, and III athletics. She has handled NCAA certification, compliance reviews, infractions and appeals, student-athlete eligibility and waivers, and Title IX and gender equality matters.
- J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2005
- B.A., Clark Atlanta University, Political Science, 2000
Bar Admissions : Illinois
Court Admissions : U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Professional Experience :
- TCS Education System, Associate Vice President & Senior Counsel, 2008-2014
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Assistant Director of Academic & Membership Affairs, 2006-2008
- Economic Club of Chicago, Member
- Girls in the Game, Board Member
- National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Member
- NCAA Division II Infractions Appeal Committee, Chair
- Posse Foundation, Chicago Leadership Council
- Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Member
- National Bar Association, Member
- American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
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