Charles P. Rose



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(312) 569-3000 fax

Charlie Rose is a partner in the firm’s Chicago and Washington, D.C., offices and is the former General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education.

With more than 30 years of experience, Charlie has an established national practice across multiple platforms in the areas of Education Law and Policy, Labor & Employment and Government & Regulatory Affairs.

Charlie represents educational institutions (including colleges and universities, for profit institutions, K­12 school districts and private schools), state government agencies and municipalities, private equity firms, corporations, foundations, and tribal nations.  He advises his clients on matters such as regulatory compliance and reform; education law and policy; union negotiations; public­private partnerships; employment and traditional labor law; corporate transactions; civil rights enforcement and policy guidance; and administrative law.

Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Charlie served under President Barack Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan as the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Education from May 2009 to July 2011 – a position for which Charlie was nominated by the President and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  In that role, Charlie was a senior official in the Obama Administration, advised the Secretary of Education on all legal, regulatory and policy matters and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Department’s signature education reform initiatives, including:

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Discretionary Grant Programs (e.g., Race to the Top, Innovation Fund, School Improvement Fund);
  • Public-­Private Partnerships;
  • Program Integrity and Gainful Employment Rulemaking under the Higher Education Act;
  • The Department’s Conversion to 100% Direct Lending for the Federal Student Aid Program;
  • Blueprint for the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; and
  • Implementation of President Obama’s Memorandum on Tribal Consultation.

In addition, Charlie managed all Department of Education litigation, including Qui Tam cases under the False Claim Act, and collaborated with the Department of Justice in determining the Administration's position and filing of joint amicus curiae briefs. He also organized and participated in the Department’s inaugural National Conference on Labor-Management Collaboration to Advance Student Achievement.

Recently, on June 13, 2013, President Obama nominated Charlie to once again serve in his Administration as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, a part-time, unpaid position that requires Senate confirmation. The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that operates the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution; provides federally funded scholarships to American Indian students pursuing tribal public policy or health care careers; and manages the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy.

Prior to his service as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Education, Charlie was a founding partner in a Chicago-based law firm where he represented educational institutions, municipalities and other public and private employers on all facets of labor and employment law, education law, and civil rights matters. He served as lead negotiator on hundreds of collective bargaining agreements for a wide variety of major public employers in Illinois, including the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Comptroller. Charlie also advised leading business and education organizations on government relations, public policy and legislation including education reform, labor and employment law, and pension reform.

Charlie is active in community service and has taught law school courses on labor arbitration and collective bargaining at DePaul University College of Law and graduate level education law courses at Northeastern Illinois University.  Charlie is also a frequent speaker before business, education and professional groups.


Client Alert
Congress Considers Multiple Proposals in Advance of Higher Education Act Reauthorization

Speaking Engagements

Drinker Biddle Event
The Power of the Executive Branch
The Association of Labor Relations Agencies, Labor Relations in Transformational Times
The Importance of Labor-Management Collaboration to Improve Student Achievement
Ethics Update, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
Defining the Client in a Government Environment
Korea Good Games Education Conference 2013
The Paradigm Shift in the Education Game Industry
National Forum on School Improvement, Hope Foundation
Labor-Management Collaboration to Improve Student Achievement
President’s Forum, Northern Michigan University
Developments in Higher Education Policy
General Counsels Institute, National Association of College and University Attorneys
Key Legal Issues in International Programs and Activities
2012 Annual Conference, National Association of College and University Attorneys
Navigating the Federal Regulations Highway
2012 Annual Conference, Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities
The Federal Regulatory Environment
Collaborative Labor-Management Conference, 2nd Annual, U.S. Department of Education
Labor-Management Collaboration to Improve Student Achievement
Cornell University
Who’s Got the Answer? Conflict, Collaboration, and Creativity in Education Reform
The Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy, 33rd Annual National Conference
New Business Models for Higher Education
National Indian Education Association, 2012 Legislative Summit
Indian Education: A Strategy for Moving Forward
Education Summit Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education and Puerto Rico Department of Education
Labor-Management Relationships and Role of Business Community in Education Reform
Grantmakers for Education Annual Conference
Public Sector Labor-Management Relations
The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) Annual Conference
Regulatory Environment
National Academy of Arbitrators, Fall Conference
Public Sector Labor-Management Symposium
Education Funders Strategy Group Meeting
Public Sector Labor-Management Relations
Udall Foundation Scholars Conference
Education Reform
St. John’s Center for Labor and Employment Law
Worlds of Work: Employment Dispute Resolution Systems Across the Globe
White House Conference on Bullying Prevention
Campus-Based Programs
U.S. Department of Education, Collaborative Labor-Management Conference, 1st Annual
The Principles in Action: Structuring Labor-Management Collaboration for Student Success
2010 White House Tribal Nations Conference
Session 2: Education-Healthcare-Community Service
U.S. Department of Education Town Hall Meeting
Tribal Leader Meetings - National Congress of American Indians
ABA 2010 Administrative Law Conference
Recovery Act General Counsels: Update on Successes and Continuing Challenges
National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Conference 2010
Special Plenary Session: Meet the U.S. Department of Education
Illinois Association of School Business Officials 2010 Annual Conference
Super Sectional
2010 Council on Foundations Annual Conference
Globalization and the Challenge for Education Improvement