James H. Newberry Jr.
(859) 219-8226
Office: Lexington
J.D. University of Kentucky
B.A. University of Kentucky
Licensure: KY
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Jim Newberry focuses his practice in the areas of higher education, government relations, and regulatory matters.  He recently served as Mayor of Lexington and has extensive leadership experience in the equine industry, legal service industry, state government and higher education.  Mr. Newberry is leader of the firm's Higher Education Team.

Work Experience

2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2012-2014 Vice President and General Counsel, Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky
2011-2012 Managing Partner, Hargrove Madden, LLP
2011-2012 Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Executive in Residence, University of Kentucky
2007-2011 Mayor, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Lexington, Kentucky
1999-2006 Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
1990-1998 Partner/Shareholder, Newberry, Hargrove & Baker, P.S.C.
1991-1992 Acting Secretary, Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, Commonwealth of Kentucky
1984-1988 General Counsel, Airdrie Stud, Inc.
1981-1984 Fowler, Measle & Bell

Speaking Engagements

“Legal Issues That Keep Presidents Up at Night,” Council of Independent Colleges’ Presidents Institute, 2016

“Top Legal Issues Facing Higher Education,” American Academic Leadership Institute, 2016

“Transgender & Overtime Issues for Higher Education,” Mid-South Athletic Conference, 2016

“Using a Title IX Policy to Educate the Campus,” Pittsburgh Business Times, 2016

“Joining with ACS Colleagues to Reduce Legal Expenses,” Associated Colleges of the South, 2016

“Legal Issues for Colleges and Universities,” Appalachian College Association, 2015

“Legal Issues for Academic Deans,” Appalachian College Association, 2015

“Title IX Overview,” Appalachian College Association, 2015

“Campus Sexual Assaults,” Council for Advancement and Support of Education Annual Conference for Media Relations Professionals, 2015

“Drafting a Title IX Compliant Sexual Misconduct Policy,” Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, 2015

“Lessons Learned from the (Sweet) Briar Patch,” Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, 2015

“Drafting a Title IX Compliant Sexual Misconduct Policy,” Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, 2015

“Legal and Ethical Issues for Colleges and Universities,” Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, 2015

"Recent Title IX Changes," Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Attorneys Conference, 2014

"Liberal Arts Lessons," University of Kentucky, College of Arts & Sciences, Lexington, KY, 2011

"Franco-Amercan Relations," Lafayette France & America, Paris, France, 2007

"Lessons Learned by a New Mayor," Harvard University Conference for New Mayors, Cambridge, MA, 2007

Mr. Newberry has spoken on multiple topics for the University of Kentucky National Equine Conference, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004

Key Experience

Addressed multiple governance issues for nonprofit boards, including disassociation of college board from denominational supervision
Drafted fundraising and gift acceptance policies
Represented multiple institutions in investigating Title IX complaints

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Special Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court, 1994
Planning Committee, University of Kentucky National Equine Law Conference, 1988-1991; 1993-2006