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Education Law

Legal Services for Your Education Needs

The legal issues facing public and private educational institutions, administrators, educators, staff, and students have evolved and increased in complexity. Carter Conboy is here to support our clients in education with day-to-day decisions that influence operations and finances, from strategic planning, to changing threats in technology, to campus safety.

Accomplished Education Law Attorneys

Our attorneys recognize that the needs of the education industry are distinct. We appreciate the nuances of working with a board of directors, board of trustees, presidents, vice presidents, administrators, human resource departments, in-house and corporate counsel, and various third-parties our clients in education deal with on a daily basis.  With Carter Conboy as your counsel, you will benefit from our decades of experience at the education table.

Many of our education clients have been with us for decades. We have earned your trust and loyalty by taking every interaction personally and believing that no legal matter is unimportant. From daily advice, to the critical moments in a hearing, defending a lawsuit, or responding to an emergency, we deliver unmatched discipline and dedication to your cause.

Our Education Clients

Our education clients are public and private institutions located throughout New York and western Massachusetts. They include:

  • Elementary, intermediate, and high schools
  • School districts
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Proprietary schools
  • Charter schools
  • Special education providers
  • Adult career and continuing education services
  • Vocational rehabilitation and independent living institutions
  • Community-based and non-profit educational organizations
  • Institutions providing cultural and arts education
  • Administrators and superintendents
  • Boards of education
  • Boards of trustees
  • Employees of educational institutions
  • Members of educational boards

Comprehensive Services to Private and Public Educational Institutions

Our services involve a wide-range of issues affecting educational institutions and include counseling, planning, risk management, response to emergency and critical issues, representation before labor boards, and litigation defense. Some of the topics we assist our education clients with include:

  • Affirmative Action
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADA)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Attendance, Counseling, Corrective Procedures, Discipline, Grievances, Misconduct, Resignation, Suspension, Testing, and Termination
  • Background Checks and Screening
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Communicable Diseases in the Workplace
  • Contingent Employment
  • Contracts, Leases, Agreements, Property Transactions
  • Crisis Prevention and Counseling
  • Critical Incident Response Team
  • Discrimination
  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
  • Electronic Information and Communications
  • Employee Rights
  • Employer Rights
  • Employee Handbooks, Policies, and Procedures
  • Employee Training
  • Employment and Labor Contracts and Negotiation
  • Employment of Minors
  • Employment Litigation
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Employee Leave
  • Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Independent Contractors
  • Litigation Prevention
  • Media Management
  • Negligent Retention and Supervision
  • New Hire Reporting
  • New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL)
  • New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR)
  • NLRA and Labor Relations
  • Noncompetition Agreements and Trade Secrets
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and Administration
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Policy Development and Implementation
  • Posting Requirements
  • Privacy in the Workplace
  • Professional Licensing and Discipline
  • Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Recruiting and Hiring Practices
  • Regulatory Investigations and Compliance
  • Retaliation
  • Risk Management
  • Sexual Discrimination and Harassment
  • Student Rights
  • Telecommuting
  • Temporary Employees
  • The Age Discrimination Act of 1967
  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963
  • Title IX Matters
  • Training Workshops
  • Unemployment Claims and Appeals
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • United States Department of Labor (USDOL)
  • Voluntary Separation Agreements
  • Wages and Hours
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Workforce Reduction
  • Workplace Harassment and Violence
  • Workplace Safety

Title IX and College Disciplinary Matters

Carter Conboy attorneys have represented institutions of higher education for decades.  We remain at the forefront of current higher education issues, including Title IX.  This includes the fluctuating regulatory environment since the time the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued its “Dear Colleague” letter in 2011, and more recently with the U.S. Secretary of Education’s proposed new rules for Title IX and sexual assault. 

Our clients include colleges, universities, faculty, campus organizations and students who are facing allegations of misconduct under Title IX.  We believe that sexual assault is completely unacceptable.  We also believe that institutions and the accused should be afforded their civil rights and due process under the law.  Our Title IX attorneys advocate for the accused, providing a vigorous defense – from the filing of the grievance, through investigation and disciplinary proceedings, to the appeal of expulsions and dismissals, and the defense of civil lawsuits. 

Our attorneys also work with institutions of higher education to provide counsel on how to meet Title IX mandates including the investigation and adjudication of complaints of sexual misconduct on campus. We assist our clients with the training of staff, drafting policies, internal disciplinary procedures, and assembling the administrative tools necessary to meet the requirements issued by the Office of Civil Rights.  We have also served as independent third-party Title IX investigators.  

Beyond Education Law

At Carter Conboy, we are able to support you beyond your education law matters. Our team of experienced and dedicated attorneys, combined with our diversified practice spanning 20 industries and 40 service areas, have you covered. From preparing your will, to defending you in litigation, to protecting your business interests, the strength of our team is the answer to your many legal needs.