Norchi Forbes Attorney Speaks at the Great Lakes Higher Education Law Symposium

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Kevin Norchi of Norchi Forbes, LLC speaks at the Higher Education Law Symposium at Case Western Reserve University.

Norchi Forbes, LLC (, located in Cleveland, OH, is pleased to announce that Kevin Norchi, Founder and President of the firm, recently spoke at the Great Lakes Higher Education Law Symposium which was held at Case Western Reserve University.

The purpose of the Higher Education Law Symposium was to address issues confronted by colleges and universities in the Great Lakes region including New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia. The program was designed for higher education personnel including university presidents, general counsel and outside counsel.

Kevin Norchi (, one of 31 presenters at the Symposium, spoke on the Liability of Educational Institutions for Criminal Acts of Third Persons. During his presentation, Norchi discussed the challenges general counsel face when a campus crisis occurs. He also explained the role outside counsel plays in assisting general counsel with crisis management, which includes working with the public relations department and responding to the internal decision-making structure, as early as possible, to identify the message that will be disseminated to the public and used in court.

Kevin Norchi explains, “The issues encountered by Colleges and Universities and their counsel are varied in complexity. The stakes are often quite significant and can involve the loss of life and fear for personal safety on the one hand, to loss of federal funding and significant employment and tenure issues.” Norchi further explained, “As federal regulations constantly change and evolve, correct advice from outside counsel is important.”

The 2010 Higher Education Symposium, which featured the former President of Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz, attracted over 75 attendees. Other topics included:

  •      Dealing with Troubled Students: Legal Frameworks and Policy Proposals,
  • FERPA: Communication of Concerns Regarding Students Before a Crisis,
  • Are Tenured Faculty Invulnerable to Termination,
  • The Interaction of FMLA and ADA in Tracking Leave for Faculty,
  • Legal Issues and Tips Regarding Mediation of Employment Disputes.

Norchi Forbes, LLC is a civil litigation law firm serving the needs of clients. Their trial attorneys have experience in a broad range of legal areas including employment, higher education, health care, professional negligence, general insurance defense and insurance coverage, municipal law and transportation and trucking. The firm also has an active practice before many state professional boards.

Norchi Forbes is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms (Primerus). Primerus ( is the leading alliance of small and medium sized, top-rated, independent law firms. With approximately 140 law firms located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the U.K., Primerus firms ( provide clients with responsive, high quality, partner-level service for much less than what large law firms charge. All Primerus law firms are: AV- rated using the Martindale-Hubbell peer review service; screened for excellence; audited annually for continued quality; and committed to excellence in six key areas; integrity, reasonable fees, continuing education, civility, community service and excellent work product.


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