In the interest of full transparency, which always seems to be a good way to start an article, I must admit that I did not realize higher education law existed until after graduating law school and joining my firm. But, boy am I glad that it does, selfishly, because I so enjoy practicing it and, generally, because of its great importance. After all, colleges and universities serve increasingly critical roles in our society as the marketplace of ideas where, ideally, intellectual freedom leads to a robust exchange of ideas, study, and inquiry compelling the type of civil discourse that propels society forward. To hear the justices wax poetic on the societal importance of these institutions, check out the Supreme Court in Healy v. James, 408 U.S. 169, 180 (1972) or Keyishian v. Bd. of Regents of Univ. of State of N.Y., 385 U.S. 589, 603, (1967).
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