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Eastman & Smith's comprehensive education law practice serves clients in the public, private and higher education arenas. As a practice focused on current and pending public law and education trends, Eastman & Smith's legal advice adds value in a context that takes into account first and foremost, a successful future for its educational institution clients.

Our education practice has strengths that include:

  • Governance - training (including various models of governance), ethics and conflicts, open meetings, public records and comprehensive board policies and best practices, handbooks, manuals;
  • Employment and Labor - workers compensation, unemployment compensation, Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, Title IX, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, collective bargaining (K-12, universities and colleges), grievances, arbitration;
  • Funding - disputes, facilities, governmental (federal and state), title funding;
  • Facilities - public and private projects, financing, construction law (contracts, project management and disputes), acquisition and sale of property, public and private bidding, zoning and permit acquisition;
  • Special Education - training, due process, mediation, assessments and waivers, Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, discipline, appeals and day-to-day counseling;
  • Current Events - charter districts, charter school, sponsors, school choice, vouchers, funding, pending and new legislation and related issues;
  • Transportation - busses and bussing, compliance, purchase and leasing;
  • Discipline - suspension, expulsion, hearings, appeals, electronic equipment, bullying, internet acceptable use, violence, mission driven codes of conduct;
  • Enrollment - residency, admissions, custody, lotteries, transfers, tuition;
  • Audit and Tax - administrative hearings, appeals of audit findings, state and single audits, pre-audits and reviews, disputes, real property tax, benefits, deductibility, and tax exempt status;
  • Liability Defense - risk management, insurance and insurance pools, councils of governments, litigation;
  • Constitutional Law - church/state, search and seizure, free speech, due process, allowable restrictions; and
  • Federal Law - compliance, Title funding audits, No Child Left Behind Act, Adequate Yearly Progress, School Improvement Appeals, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

We invite you to contact one of our attorneys to see how we may assist you.

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