Kathleen Rinehart, J.D.

General Counsel, Saint Xavier University

Kathleen A. Rinehart serves as General Counsel for Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois – founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, and recognized as one of the top forty comprehensive masters’ universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report (2009). Prior to joining SXU as its first General Counsel, Kathleen’s Education Law practice served numerous colleges and universities, regularly focusing on such issues as the employer/employee relationship; governance; policy development; labor negotiations, contract implementation and interpretation; and student affairs. She has been a regular presenter at regional and national conferences, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Kathleen served on NACUA’s Board of Directors (2005-2008), as well as the Board for the Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin (2008-present; Chair/2010-2011). She currently is completing graduate work in Dispute Resolution at Marquette University with a focus on Dispute Resolution Systems Design for use in the workplace and higher education, and teaches the graduate course, Dispute Resolution and Education, at Marquette University. Kathleen also is a principal in the Conflict Consultants Network, LLC, providing Dispute Resolution and academic consulting services to colleges and universities.

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