Meredith focuses her practice on education law, and labor and employment law. She represents dozens of public school districts across North Dakota. She has experience in all areas of education law, including discipline of employees and students, investigating employee and student misconduct, teacher and administrator nonrenewals and discharges, employee leave and accommodation matters, FERPA compliance, compliance with open meetings and open records laws, and creation of and compliance with board policies.
Additionally, Meredith is the primary special education attorney in the firm, assisting districts and special education units with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 matters at all stages – from compliance with the laws and advising on issues related to IEPs and 504 Plans, to representation in state complaint investigations and due process actions.
Meredith understands the budgetary restrictions facing many public school districts, and is aware of the reality that emergencies occur in districts every day and time-sensitive matters require prompt attention. Meredith prides herself on providing reasoned and timely advice with these considerations in mind.
She has defended several claims brought against school districts before the U.S. Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights, and has defended school districts and other employers against claims brought before the North Dakota Department of Labor and the EEOC. She has also assisted school boards in presenting before the North Dakota Education Factfinding Commission. She has litigated in federal, state, and tribal court, and has represented clients in state administrative hearings. Meredith enjoys opportunities to present to large and small groups on education and employment law matters.
Growing up in North Dakota, Meredith was part of a public education-minded family; her father served as Board President for Bismarck Public Schools and her mother enjoyed an accomplished career as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. Meredith’s husband works in public service, and she looks forward to the day her two young daughters enter the Bismarck Public School system.