School Law

Schools are, among other things, employers, purchasers of goods and services, owners or lessees of real property, and financial managers.  Our School Law attorneys regularly provide advice and services to our school clients in each of these areas, with a special depth of experience in the representation and counseling of independent schools and charter schools.

Schools often require quick practical solutions to diverse problems that arise in day-to-day operations.  Our attorneys serve schools as their general counsel, providing preventive training and advising and defending school clients in the following areas, among others:

  • School structure and management, including government filings and preparation of by-laws and amendments
  • Conduct of board meetings, including statutory compliance and proper maintenance of minutes and records
  • Restructuring, including moving of facilities and changes in management and Board composition
  • Financing arrangements
  • Facilities construction and renovation contracts and related litigation
  • Real estate sale and leasing
  • Equipment leasing and software licensing
  • Compliance with constitutional and statutory mandates
  • Hiring and background checks of job applicants
  • Teacher and administrator employment contracts
  • Staff compensation disputes, including pension issues
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Response to allegations of sexual misconduct by teacher or administrator with student or other minor
  • Online misconduct by students or staff
  • School liability for acts of staff, and school responsibility to indemnify staff for individual liabilities
  • Charitable immunity
  • Insurance coverage
  • Employee discipline, including suspension of employment with or without pay, termination of employment, and non-renewal of contract
  • Severance agreements
  • Labor organization issues
  • Internal investigations, and government relations in connection with criminal investigations
  • School admission issues, including charter school lotteries and admission of non-resident students
  • Legal responsibilities in responding to suspected child abuse, including communications with the N.J. Division of Youth and Family Services
  • Violence among students, or between students and faculty, staff or administration, including threats, weapons possession, and “zero tolerance” policies
  • Drug and alcohol policies and enforcement
  • Independent school tuition collection issues
  • Student discipline, including withholding of diploma
  • Free speech and religious freedom issues
  • Confidentiality of student records
  • Student internships and related contracts
  • Special education

Our goal is to avoid problems through the use of preventive measures and counseling.  We also represent our school clients when litigation arises.

Taken together, the size of our firm and the breadth of our experience enable us to counsel and represent our school clients in virtually all subject areas in which a school is likely to need legal services.