Profile

Monica joined the firm as a member in 2016 after having served as Interim General Counsel at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She provides legal advice and counsel to colleges and universities, public school districts and independent schools in all aspects of education law, including student affairs, faculty tenure and promotion, governance issues, athletics and academic affairs. 

Monica advises on staff and student employment, grievances, student conduct and discipline, Title IX policies and investigations, threat assessment and behavior intervention, FERPA, public-records, accreditation, regulatory and nonprofit compliance, bylaws, and policy handbooks. She counsels clients on a variety of employment law issues, such as executive contracts and compensation, severance agreements, disability accommodations, FMLA and other leave issues, and misconduct investigations. Monica partners with other attorneys at the firm to conduct investigations at all levels of client institutions. She also defends institutions before state and federal agencies and courts.

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  • Distinguished Service Award, National Association of College and University Attorneys Honors and Awards, 2021-2022

  • Panelist, Higher Education Legal Update, 49th Annual National Conference: The State of Collective Bargaining and Higher Education, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, April 13, 2022
  • The Post-Pandemic Workworld: The Regulatory Framework, NACUA’s Conference on Higher Education Employment Law, March 30, 2022
  • Next Up: Employment Law Revue Two-O-Two-One, NACUA Annual Conference, June 22, 2021
  • An Interview with Monica Barret, Bond Torchbearer Spotlight, Legally Bond Podcast, May 31, 2021
  • Panelist, Higher Education Legal Update, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, Annual Conference, May 17, 2021
  • Now Trending: Employment Law Updates and Practical Tips to Best 'Employ’ Your Employment Law Knowledge, NACUA Virtual Annual Conference, June 23, 2020
  • COVID-19: Managing a Dynamic University Workplace in the Midst of a Pandemic Webinar, NACUA Briefing, March 26, 2020
  • 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, Climate 2020: Climate and Diversity in a Polarized World, NACUA CLE Workshop, New Orleans, LA, January 30, 2020
  • 20/20 Vision on Employment Law: Looking Back on the Important Employment Laws of 2019 and Looking Ahead to Potential Changes in 2020 Webinar, The Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities in New York, January 21, 2020
  • Human Resources Update, The Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities in New York Regional Meeting, October 15, 2019
  • Stump the Experts, The Ever-Evolving Field of Higher Education Discrimination Law: What You Need to Know Now, April 5, 2019
  • One Step Forward, One Step Back?: The Faculty's Role in Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The Ever-Evolving Field of Higher Education Discrimination Law: What You Need to Know Now, April 4, 2019
  • #OFFEND #UPLIFT #HATE #LOVE: Blurred Lines as Both Public and Private Universities Navigate the Costs of Free Speech, Annual Conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, June 24-27, 2018
  • Tenure Evaluation Challenges, United Educators Webinar, March 1, 2018
  • Hot Legal Issues in Higher Education, Higher Education Leadership Symposium, February 9, 2018
  • Panelist, Top Trends and Emerging Issues in Higher Education Discrimination Law, NACUA CLE Workshop, March 29, 2017

  • Editorial Board, Journal of College and University Law, 2016-2017
  • Co-Chair, Working Group, Diversity and Civil Rights, NACUA Annual Conference, 2015
  • Chair, Program Committee for NACUA Conference on Higher Education Employment Issues, 2014
  • Board Member, NACUA, 2011-2014
  • Chair, Committee on Legal Education, NACUA, 2012-2013; Vice Chair, Committee on Legal Education, NACUA, 2005-2006; 2009-2010; 2010-2011
  • Chair, Program Committee for NACUA Conference "Responding to Sexual Violence on Campus: OCR Dear Colleague Letter Compliance," 2011
  • Chair, Program Committee for NACUA Conference "Setting Up International Programs," 2011
  • Chair, Advisory Board Council on Diversity and Inclusivity, NACUA, 2009-2010; 2010-2011
  • Chair, Virtual Seminars Subcommittee, Committee on Legal Education, NACUA, 2009-2010