Firm Poster

School and Education Law

We have a wealth of experience in the areas of law which affect educational institutions.  We currently provide representation to three (3) school districts.  Our experience includes:

  • Constitutional Issues  -  School districts are routinely presented with constitutional issues and policy decisions involving areas such as freedom of speech, religion, privacy, and drug testing.  We have experience in many areas of constitutional law, including due process, civil rights, privacy and first amendment matters.
  • Student Discipline  -  We advise on disciplinary issues, including those involving special circumstances such as students with disabilities, assist with disciplinary hearings and appeals.  We have prepared policies and processes relating to student discipline.
  • Student Records  -  Since 1974, federal law has mandated the protection and privacy of student records.  We work, along with school administrators, to protect student records and to obtain proper permission for disclosure when necessary in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPPA”).
  • Professional / Vendor Contracs & Bid Process  We ensure that the school district’s interests are protected throughout bid processes and in subsequent contracts.  We are able to negotiate on the school district’s behalf and advise on the terms and conditions of vendor contracts.
  • Construction  -  We provide legal advice on many aspects of construction projects, including negotiations, contracts, construction management, construction claims and disputes.  Our goal is to assist our clients in completing construction projects in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • School Finance and Bond Issues  -  We ensure that the school district’s interests are protected throughout bid processes and in subsequent contracts.  We are able to negotiate on the school district’s behalf and advise on the terms and conditions of vendor contracts.
  • Real Estate  -  We advise school districts in many areas of real estate law, including condemnation, land use, purchase and sale of property.
  • Litigation  -  We are experienced trial lawyers who litigate cases when necessary.  The Firm’s attorneys have successfully defended many personal injury, property and premises liability cases.  Although we are committed to representing our clients in Court, as indicated previously, we recognize that many cases can be resolved prior to trial through alternative dispute resolution.  We have had a good deal of success in mediations, arbitrations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution which are a less costly alternative to litigation.
  • Special Education   -  We have experience in matters involving the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Individualized Education Programs (“IEP”), and have handled disciplinary issues within the context of special education programs.