- Education Law
Steven J. McDonald has served as general counsel of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) since 2002. For the decade before that, Steve served as associate legal counsel at The Ohio State University. He began his legal career at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where among other things he successfully represented CompuServe in Cubby v. CompuServe, the first online libel case. He also taught at Ohio State’s College of Law and at Capital University Law School. An active participant in the higher education legal community, Steve is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), the editor of the NACUA publication The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Compendium, one of the developers of its NACUANOTES legal information service, and a regular leader or member of its committees. Steve also presents and writes frequently on issues of higher education law; his articles have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and other publications. In 2007, NACUA named Steve a Fellow in recognition of his “extensive scholarship in higher education law over an extended period of time.”Steve received his AB in political science from Duke University and his JD from the Yale Law School.