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Hope Watson


Washington, D.C.
202 585 6980 202 585 6980 direct

Throughout her career, Hope has always found ways to help public institutions achieve their goals.

At Thompson Coburn, she works with the higher education group on regulatory and corporate matters. Specifically, Hope helps colleges and universities with state and federal compliance issues. She has particular experience working with technical schools who are navigating the many licensing requirements that they are subject to. Additionally, Hope also assists clients with day-to-day corporate matters that institutions of higher education frequently encounter, such as contract drafting and review. She also works with these organizations on their strategic initiatives, including mergers, acquisitions, and development.

In addition to serving the higher education industry, Hope assists the Firm's public transit clients on regulatory and contracting matters.


Negotiated Rulemaking

Free Desk Guide and Webinars: ED’s Final Financial Value Transparency and Gainful Employment Rule

ED's new rule to decide and disclose the “financial value” of every Title IV program at every school

Department of Education proposes sweeping revisions to Borrower Defense to Repayment rule

Department of Education agrees to mass granting of BDR applications to settle lawsuit

Negotiated rulemaking and the new 90/10 rule

Department of Education moves to make owners, investors, and controlling parties responsible for college and university liabilities

Summer camps on campus: A risk management checklist for postsecondary professionals


ED’s Proposed Financial Value Transparency and Gainful Employment Rule

A review of ED’s new third-party servicer guidance and suggestions for public comment

ED’s Proposed Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule: A Detailed Examination