Jane serves a number of prestigious clients in higher education. Before joining Bond, she served as Deputy General Counsel, Interim General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs at The City University of New York (CUNY).

She provides legal advice and counsel to colleges and universities, independent schools, and public school districts in all aspects of education and non-profit law, including student, faculty and employee issues, New York State education and accreditation issues, governance, litigation, campus safety including Title IX, academic issues, and internal and external investigations.

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  • An Interview with Jane Sovern, Higher Education, Legally Bond Podcast, October 16, 2023
  • Panelist, What Keeps a College President Up at Night, Legal Issues in Higher Education, Manhattanville College School of Education 3rd Annual Legal Issues Symposium, February 21, 2020
  • Panelist, Sexual Assault on Campus, American Bar Association National Conference, August 12, 2017 (televised on C-SPAN)
  • Playing with FIRE: Micro-aggressions and Trigger Warnings, Annual Conference of NACUA, June 2017
  • Higher Education Law, Practising Law Institute, May 2015

  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
    • President, 2023-Present
    • Board Member, 2019-2023
  • CUNY School of Law Foundation, Board Member, 2020-2023
  • Education and the Law Committee, New York City Bar Association, Member, 2016-2019
  • New York State Governor’s Commission on Higher Education, Staff Member, 2007-2008