Some 1,800 higher-education lawyers—most of them in-house counsel—will be gathering in Denver on June 23 to tackle issues that keep general counsel up at night: The college admissions scandal, employment law challenges, immigration hurdles, Title IX changes on discrimination and sex abuse.

The four-day event is the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Jerry Blakemore, chair-elect of the group’s board of directors and planner of this year’s conference, talked with Corporate Counsel about the organization and the legal issues facing higher education lawyers today.