Those in the education sector must comply with industry-specific laws and regulatory standards, withstand negative public opinion, manage operations and address liability issues on multiple fronts while still educating students.
Faced with these challenges, members of the education sector rely on Segal McCambridge to resolve the many and varied legal concerns they face.
We represent a wide variety of education-related entities and individuals, including public and private educational institutions; colleges and universities; charter schools; school administrators, boards, trustees, directors and officers; school districts; school district officials; teachers; Internet-based companies; and others involved with the education sector.
Experienced with the myriad of issues impacting schools, their students and personnel, we offer comprehensive service, helping clients identify and manage risk, limit liability and resolve disputes so that they can focus on helping students pursue growth through education.
Our lawyers have advised on everything from bullying, negligent supervision and failure to education allegations to personal injury and property damage claims and regularly defend clients in high-stakes litigation, arbitrations, mediations and negotiated settlements.
Among the many issues we have advised on and litigated are:
- Special education issues, including IDEA, Section 504 IEPs, mainstreaming matters
- Disability-related accommodations
- Student discipline and expulsion
- Title VII/Civil Rights and First Amendment issues
- Access to student records
- Labor and employment claims
- Hiring, firing, background checks and wrongful termination
- Race, age and other types of discrimination
- Sexual harassment, discrimination and misconduct
- Wage claims
- Drug and alcohol testing
- School violence
- Student safety and campus security
- Day-to-day operations
- Fraternity and sorority matters
- Premises liability
- Personal injury matters
We represent clients at all stages of a dispute, from establishing pre-litigation strategy through discovery, trial and necessary appeals.
Our lawyers assist clients with conducting internal investigations, represent them in special education hearings, government investigations and disciplinary proceedings. We also assert and defend claims brought by or through the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, and other federal and state agencies.
Risk Avoidance Counsel
Recognizing that liability can often be avoided through proactive risk management, we serve as ongoing counsel to schools and school district officials, helping them devise, implement and enforce policies, procedures and best practices to assure regulatory compliance and minimize liability exposure. We also negotiate and advise on teacher contracts and related matters, as well as provide guidance regarding insurance coverage and claims management.
As a value-added, we offer our clients’ administrators and staff members training programs on a variety of workplace-related issues, industry trends and legal developments, enabling them to identify risks so they don’t become problems.