The hearing on a preliminary injunction sought by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (“ACICS”) in ACICS v. U.S. Department of Education et al., Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-02448 (termination of recognition of accreditor for purposes of Title IV student aid) is set for Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse, District of Columbia. Earlier, ACICS’s petition for a Temporary Restraining Order was denied on December 21.  More recently on January 24, the Commonwealth of MA, the States of IL, ME, and NY, the District of Columbia, and the Attorney General of Maryland filed a Motion to Intervene in the case.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear the appeal of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) in CFPB v. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, No. 16-5174 (jurisdiction/authority of CFPB in accreditation) on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse, District of Columbia.

In Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., No. 16-273 (Title IX bathroom access)–on the docket to be heard this term by the Supreme Court–the respondent G.G.’s merits brief is due February 23, 2017.  The petitioner school board filed its brief on January 3, 2017.  A large number of amici have filed briefs.  More are expected.