The Academic Environment. Colleges and universities are unique institutions. Their academic missions, goals, and culture differ markedly from businesses, professions, nonprofit and government agents, and other organizations. Colleges and universities face a thicket of federal, state, and local regulations. But their professors and instructors also retain substantial academic freedom to shape and implement their educational programs. College and university administrative structures can thus have both a high level of sophistication and a high level of flexibility and informality. College and university employees are also a different breed of professional, generally with high job security, skill, and experience, low public accountability, and substantial discretion. Dealing with professors, department chairs, deans, directors, administrative staff, provosts, vice presidents of student affairs, disciplinary and performance committees, and academic attorneys in a school's office of general counsel is just different from dealing with individuals outside the academic setting. The attorney advocate who hopes to deal effectively with those academic officials when defending an accused student had better know those differences.
An Academic Administrative Approach. Over the course of many years and based on successful outcomes in hundreds of nationwide cases, national academic administrative attorney Joseph Lento and the academic administrative team at the Lento Law Firm have developed a preeminent approach to student misconduct defense. The Lento Law Firm approach accounts for the unique nature of the academic community. Academic administrators work in a non-adversarial environment. Academic administrative culture is generally highly collegial, focused as it must be on student learning and development. The Lento Law Firm approach builds on, rather th