Education

Steptoe & Johnson's Education Law Team is experienced in working with public and private educators to help them find effective solutions to legal challenges that they face every day. Team members are familiar with educators' needs as well as the legal climate in which they must operate, and they provide counsel that is proactive as well as cost-effective.

Team members possess a broad variety of specialized legal knowledge, and regularly partner with other Steptoe & Johnson attorneys to assist clients with specialized matters important to educational entities such as real estate transactions, bond issues, tax and compliance issues, and employee benefits and compensation.

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Representative Experience

  • Assisted large state university with multiple NCAA violations necessitating termination of athletic director with long-term employment contract
  • Worked with non-profit college leadership to develop five-year strategy to dissassociate institution from denominational affiliation
  • Regularly counseled a major university regarding the release of information and compliance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  • Conducted multiple investigations involving employee misconduct and student matters
  • Provided general legal counsel to a board of education in the areas of personnel, property, special education, contracts, student/parent rights and policy developments
  • Represented local board of education at all levels of the West Virginia State Employees Grievance Board, West Virginia Department of Education Citizens Appeals, employee misconduct hearings, student hearings and special education due process hearings
  • Defended Board of Education in claim alleging violation of First Amendment and due process rights by student disciplined for using social media

  • Assisted client that acquired a private university and converted it to a for-profit educational institution
  • Assisted client with commercial and contract issues for an affiliated company which provides on-line education and financial tracking information for insurance agents and securities brokers
  • Defended Board of Education in high profile suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union alleging violation of the separation of church and state

  • Represents Boards of Education in grievance hearings, in matters before the Grievance Board, in employment matters, and in civil litigation

  • Defends colleges and universities in grievances, faculty tenure matters and employment matters

  • Defended numerous county boards of education from workers' compensation claims and protests regarding denial of benefits
  • Defended Board of Education in jury trial for failing to address complaints of student-on-student harassment

  • Jury trial on behalf of board of education where severely-injured student sought damages for injuries sustained while skipping class

  • Defended Board of Education in federal court in high profile litigation alleging sexual discrimination by high school teacher against student
  • Sought dismissal of premises liability action for national retailer and a local board of education

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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a U.S. energy firm with core strengths in labor & employment, litigation and transactional law. In 2013, Steptoe & Johnson celebrated 100 years of helping clients reach their goals.

 

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