Kent D. Talbert

Member, Talbert & Eitel, PLLC

Kent TalbertKent Talbert served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Education from 2006-2009.  As General Counsel, Mr. Talbert served as the chief legal adviser to the Secretary of Education, providing advice on a broad range of legal and policy matters, including the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the drafting and implementation of regulations under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and major education law cases pending before the Supreme Court of the United States and other appellate and federal trial courts.  During his tenure as General Counsel, Mr. Talbert served as the Chief Regulatory Officer for the Department, overseeing all documents for publication in the Federal Register.

He has provided legal and strategic advice on the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), negotiated rulemaking, and higher education accreditation matters.

Prior to his service as General Counsel, Mr. Talbert served as the Department's Deputy General Counsel for Departmental and Legislative Service from 2001-2006.  Before coming to the Department, Mr. Talbert served for over 12 years on House and Senate staff, both as Education Policy Counsel for the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a professional staff member of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources (now Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) in the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Talbert is member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and South Carolina, and a member of the Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys.  He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and all federal courts in South Carolina and Washington, DC.  

  • Erskine College B.A. History magna cum laude
  • University of South Carolina School of Law J.D. 

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