Education & School Law
Greta K. Kolcon
In the ever-changing environment of education, educational institutions face new challenges almost daily, and are met with numerous issues that require the watchful eye and steady hand of experienced counsel.
Our group provides planning and counsel on a broad range of education-related issues, and regularly handles litigation of disputes arising in an academic setting. Our attorneys represent educational institutions including colleges, public school districts, private schools, day care and specialized educational institutions, such as religious schools. Our attorneys also regularly work with parents and children, as well as individual school supervisory personnel and teaching staff to resolve disputes.
Our attorneys are experienced in:
General School Law Issues - we handle perennial disputes that arise in areas involving student safety and rights, student discipline, free speech/religious expression, and privacy and records issues.
Special Education - we work with special education issues, including IEP review, IEP meetings, hearings, and appeals.
Employment in Education - we handle union grievance arbitration, as well as collective bargaining. Employment issues such as hiring, termination, tenure and employee benefits disputes, sexual discrimination and harassment, and reasonable accommodations for disabilities, take on unique contours in the context of education.
School Contracts - we work with educational institutions regarding construction contracts, bid specification review, environmental and zoning issues, and litigation.