For 25 years, Joanna has served as both attorney-representative and confidant to colleges and universities. Joanna understands that to effectively attend to and resolve the unique issues that arise on college campuses, a higher education attorney must be able to connect the immediate issues to the history and vision of each institution.

To achieve this, Joanna takes the time to fully partner with her clients, building relationships with key administrators and board members. With these resources at hand, Joanna is able to efficiently and appropriately counsel her clients in times of calm or crisis across a range of issues, including:

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  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)

  • Assisted two major New York City universities with an educational affiliation prior to their eventual consolidation
  • Successfully defended colleges and universities in Title IX and disability discrimination complaints and investigations before the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights
  • Conducted extensive in-house audit of client’s Forms I-9 and corrected deficiencies, eventually saving the client thousands of dollars in penalty fines when they were audited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement

  • An Interview with Higher Education Attorney Joanna Silver, Legally Bond Podcast, August 15, 2022
  • The Ever-Expanding Role of the GC: Leadership, Governance, COVID & Everything in Between, NACUA Annual Conference, June 2022
  • Background and Reference Checks: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, NACUA Spring 2022 CLE Workshop, March 30, 2022
  • Immigration Issues Facing Colleges and Universities in the United States, Employment Law Alliance Podcast, March 3, 2021
  • COVID-19: Managing a Dynamic University Workplace in the Midst of a Pandemic Webinar, NACUA Briefing, March 26, 2020
  • Immigration Law Compliance for Home Health and Hospice Providers Webinar, Home Care Association of New York State, October 30, 2019
  • Current Developments in Immigration Law and the Implications for Health Care Providers, Hot Topics in Labor Law for Home Care Providers, Home Care Association Education and Research, June 13, 2019
  • Hot Legal Issues in Higher Education, Higher Education Leadership Symposium, February 9, 2018
  • Coming to America: Legal Issues Involved With Recruiting and Enrolling International Students, NACUA Annual Conference, June 2017
  • You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello: Hot Topics in Outbound and Inbound Immigration, NACUA 2016 Spring CLE Workshop, March 2016

  • Co-Author, 2019 Chambers USA Regional Employment Guide, New York Chapter

  • New York School of Interior Design, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel
  • Kingsborough Community College Foundation, Former Trustee, 2010-2013
  • Old Westbury College Foundation, Former Trustee, 2006-2009