Effective governance structures are essential for education institutions at all levels. An unstable governing board may have long-term negative consequences for an entire system. Recently, one state governor even attempted to fire an entire board. These governance issues have included a lack of appropriate ethics and conflict of interest policies for the institution and governing body, the governing body lacks new board member orientation program, the governing board does not have a clearly defined set of bylaws, failure of administration to properly inform its board through appropriate reports and documentation, lack of policies that govern the institution's ongoing activities (e.g., affirmative action, human resources, research activities, contracts, required disclosures, etc.), the governing body does not appreciate the necessary line between oversight and inserting itself in the administration of the institution, lack of a program for the ongoing development of board members, failure to develop a risk assessment program, inability of board to engage in effective strategic planning and budgeting, and a lack of sufficient autonomy in making decisions in the best interests of the institution. The Lynn Jackson Education Practice Group attorneys have expertise in these and other matters relating to institutional governance.