Practice Areas & Industries: Fisher & Phillips LLP


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The attorneys in the Education Practice are experienced in helping administrators of educational institutions understand and meet legal obligations to employees and students under state and federal law. These attorneys are experienced in dealing with employee and student concerns arising in public and private elementary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions, from application and admission to termination and expulsion. Our attorneys understand the unique issues and dynamics presented by the school environment. They recognize that each decision made in the school environment affects the school's relationship with its students, parents, faculty and staff.

The Education Practice attorneys conduct compliance audits to identify and correct wage-hour concerns, review and develop contracts, enrollment agreements, applications, handbooks, and manuals for students, employees, and faculty. Our attorneys also develop and assist in implementing arbitration programs for students and employees. Our attorneys work with a school’s governing board to draft executive contracts for Heads of School that comply with the Internal Revenue Code, and they provide advice on appropriate board policy, guidelines, and school policy.

Administrators, managers, and teachers can receive training from attorneys in the Education Practice regarding their obligations to employees and students relating to discrimination, accommodation, harassment, federal funding, contract issues, and various types of torts, including assault, battery, invasion of privacy, and defamation. These attorneys also advise educational institutions on compliance with state and federal discrimination laws, represent the institutions before administrative agencies, and defend lawsuits alleging discrimination in employment and education.

Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

Big Little Man On Campus: Protecting Minors At Colleges And Universities
Candice C. Pinares-Baez, October 04, 2013
Hazing, underage drinking, and campus noise violations. These are all issues that most colleges and universities are very familiar with. Policies, procedures, and response protocols have been developed, tried, and tested with respect to those issues which accompany the young-adult population. But...

Time For Your School's Annual Checkup
Suzanne K. Bogdan, October 04, 2013
Now that school has started, it’s time to ensure that your house is in order for the school year. Each year we outline those items in which we see trends developing or find issues with which schools consistently have challenges. It is far better to address these issues preventively rather...