As counsel to school committees and school districts, we provide assistance and legal advice regarding all of the legal issues schools and public officials must face as they seek to accomplish their educational missions. Our attorneys are experts in labor and employment law as it relates to educational institutions, and these issues make up a large portion of the legal work generated by schools. However, we are also experienced in dealing with the myriad other issues that school committees and educational institutions must face, including special education , student discipline , contracts and public bidding, open meeting law, public records law, civil rights, and more.
We have represented school clients in investigations and audits conducted by various regulatory agencies, including the Office of Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education), Program Quality Assurance (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education), Massachusetts Inspector General, and the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We have also defended our clients at hearings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, and in court.
Our attorneys have thousands of hours of experience at the bargaining table on behalf of unionized employers. We also support employers in bargaining even when we are not at the table. We have negotiated contracts involving teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, bus drivers, administrators, department heads, clerical employees, and more.