Sarah L. Pheasant

Associate

Overview

Sarah Pheasant advises clients on various aspects of education law and regulatory compliance, including issues pertaining to the Higher Education Act, Title IV federal student aid programs, state educational licensing laws and the accreditation of postsecondary institutions. She has helped to advise non-profit and for-profit educational institutions and private investors on complex transactions, including changes of ownership involving institutions of higher education.

Before joining the firm, Sarah handled a diverse range of litigation, from pharmaceutical product liability and white-collar criminal defense to legal malpractice and securities litigation. She has also advised on legislative and policy matters around elder care and non-profit administration.

Education Industry Transactions and Contracts

  • Represents clients in purchases and sales of institutions or their assets
  • Represents private institutional clients in conversions from proprietary to not-for-profit status

Higher Education Act and Federal Student Aid Programs

  • Counsels clients on U.S. Department of Education negotiated rulemaking processes
  • Advises clients on matters arising from institutional participation in federal student aid programs, including change of ownership processes and requirements, campus crime, safety and sexual assault regulations under the Clery Act and Title IX of the Higher Education Act

Credentials

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Harvard Law School
J.D. Journal of Legislation, Women's Law Journal, Journal on Law & Public Policy

Swarthmore College
B.A. cum laude

Insights & Events

Latest
Publication October 2020

Reminder to Higher Education Institutions of October 30 Deadline for CARES Act HEERF Institutional Fund Reports

3 min read  
Updates August 2020

Revised Higher Education Reporting Requirements for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

3 min read  
Updates August 2020

Regulatory Agency and Selected Accreditor Resources for Higher Education Institutions Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic

8 min read  
Updates August 2020

Education Department Extends COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities for Title IV Programs; Announces Implementation of President’s Executive Order for Continued Student Loan Borrower Relief

4 min read  
Updates June 2020

New Supplemental Guidance and Deadlines Issued for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Under the CARES Act

5 min read  
Updates June 2020

Interim Final Rule Issued for CARES Act’s Higher Education Emergency Student Grant Eligibility

4 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.S. Department of Education Expands COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities for Higher Education Institutions

10 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.S. Department of Education Requires Higher Education Institutions to Post CARES Act Funding Information on Websites

3 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Title IX Regulations Reflecting Major Changes for Handling Campus Sexual Misconduct

5 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.S. Department of Education Releases Additional Details on CARES Act Funds for Minority Serving Institutions, Institutions Serving Low-Income Students and Other Institutions with the Greatest Unmet Coronavirus Needs, and State Discretionary Grants

8 min read  
Insights
Publication October 2020

Reminder to Higher Education Institutions of October 30 Deadline for CARES Act HEERF Institutional Fund Reports

3 min read  
Updates August 2020

Revised Higher Education Reporting Requirements for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

3 min read  
Updates August 2020

Regulatory Agency and Selected Accreditor Resources for Higher Education Institutions Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic

8 min read  
Updates August 2020

Education Department Extends COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities for Title IV Programs; Announces Implementation of President’s Executive Order for Continued Student Loan Borrower Relief

4 min read  
Updates June 2020

New Supplemental Guidance and Deadlines Issued for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Under the CARES Act

5 min read  
Updates June 2020

Interim Final Rule Issued for CARES Act’s Higher Education Emergency Student Grant Eligibility

4 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.S. Department of Education Expands COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities for Higher Education Institutions

10 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.S. Department of Education Requires Higher Education Institutions to Post CARES Act Funding Information on Websites

3 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Title IX Regulations Reflecting Major Changes for Handling Campus Sexual Misconduct

5 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.S. Department of Education Releases Additional Details on CARES Act Funds for Minority Serving Institutions, Institutions Serving Low-Income Students and Other Institutions with the Greatest Unmet Coronavirus Needs, and State Discretionary Grants

8 min read  

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Washington Lawyers’ Committee
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Election Protection 2008, 2012, 2016, 2018
  • Erie House
  • Kids in Need of Defense

Professional Associations

  • Women’s Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar, Litigation Section
  • District of Columbia Bar, ADR Section

Civic Activities

  • District of Columbia Bar – Lawyer Assistance Committee
  • New York Avenue Presbyterian Church – Community Club Tutoring
  • Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows – Mentor

Firm Leadership

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP  Associates Committee; Public Interest Committee; D.C. Pro Bono Committee; Women’s Committee
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