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Julie C. Fay


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Julie Fay represents both public and independent schools in a variety of general education and special education law matters, with a particular focus on issues relating to students, confidentiality, school governance and policy.

Julie frequently represents public schools in administrative hearings, including expulsion hearings, special education due process hearings and related proceedings, and is often called upon to guide districts in drafting policies and administrative procedures in all areas of education law.

Having worked at an independent school as a teacher, coach and dorm parent, Julie brings valuable insight to her legal practice representing independent schools.  Julie frequently advises independent schools on matters such as school investigations, student discipline, mandated reporting obligations, and compliance with federal and state law.  In working with independent school clients, Julie assists in the development of enrollment contracts; employment agreements; school policies and handbooks for faculty, employees and students, and she works collaboratively with other members of the firm to provide educational institutions with comprehensive legal services.  

As part of her practice, Julie provides training and professional development workshops for faculty, staff and students on current and important topics, such as professional boundaries, social media, sexual assault and harassment, special education and accommodating individuals with disabilities.  Julie has been a presenter for independent school groups such as Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), as well as for other educational industry organizations such as the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAC) and the Capital Region Education Council (CREC).  Julie is a past president of the Connecticut Council of School Attorneys (COSA) and is a former adjunct professor at Quinnipiac Law School where she taught a course on Education and the Law. 

Prior to becoming a school lawyer, Julie worked for a number of years at an independent boarding school in Massachusetts, where she continues to reside with her family.


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Schools & Education; 2011-2012
  • Connecticut Bar Association Honor Roll, Connecticut Pro Bono Network; 2005
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellow
  • Connecticut Law Review, Articles Editor

Teaching Positions

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Education Law (former)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Education Law Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Connecticut Council of School Attorneys, Secretary 2009-2010, President 2010-2011
  • Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys
  • National School Boards Association


September 23, 2015  New Notice to Parents Regarding Special Education Rights
July 9, 2015  State Department of Education Weighs in on Parents' Right to Independent Educational Evaluations
February 18, 2015  New School Security and Safety Standards Encourage, but no Longer Mandate, ICS Courses for All Employees
February 2015  Julie Fay Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article "Tips to avoid disparate discipline measures"
January 28, 2015  State Department of Education Issues Guidance on Technical Edits to the IEP Document
January 23, 2015  Bureau of Special Education Issues Guidance on a School District's Ability to Send Records to Out-of-District Placements
January 9, 2015  U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Ebola for K-12 Schools
November 24, 2014  Ebola Guidance for Schools: Focusing on the Basics
September 3, 2014  Important Update Regarding School Security and Safety Plans
August 2014  Julie Fay quoted in Today's School Psychologist article, "Help parents understand when autism evaluation is unnecessary"
February 25, 2013  Federal Regulations Revised to Allow One-Time Parental Consent to Access Public Benefits or Public Insurance to Pay for IDEA Services
January 22, 2013  State Department of Education Issues IEP Guidance
November 5, 2012  School Districts Continue to Address Student Free Speech
November 5, 2012  2nd Circuit Confirms that FAPE is Determined by Evaluating Appropriateness of IEP at Time it is Developed
October 24, 2012  U.S. Department of Education Provides Technical Assistance to School Districts on Privacy, Security and Storage of Student Information
September 10, 2012  Connecticut Commission on Children Publishes Bullying Presentation
July 31, 2012  Protections for Diabetic Students Enacted
July 31, 2012  Connecticut Special Education Laws Amended
July 19, 2012  State Board of Education Approves Definitions of Excused and Unexcused Absences
June 28, 2012  Governor Signs Act Amending Special Education Laws in Connecticut
June 21, 2012  Statutory Changes to Physical Restraint and Seclusion Reporting Requirements
April 13, 2012  Guidance and Best Practices for Implementing the New Bullying Statute
February 8, 2012  Office for Civil Rights Issues Additional Q&As on the ADA Amendments Act of 2008
February 7, 2012  2012 Amendments to FERPA Regulations
November 7, 2011  U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review in Doninger v. Niehoff
October 19, 2011  Revisions to Connecticut Special Education Regulations Nearing Completion
August 22, 2011  Parents Not Entitled to Reimbursement for Private School Placement Despite District's Denial of FAPE
July 19, 2011  Important Revisions to Connecticut's School Bullying Laws - Effective July 1, 2011
May 25, 2011  Emerging Issue: Service Dogs in Schools
May 13, 2011  Federal Court Recognizes Bullying Claim under IDEA
May 13, 2011  OCR Cautions Districts About Denying Student Enrollment Based on Immigration Status
April 18, 2011  U.S. Department of Education Announces Proposed Rulemaking under FERPA
April 4, 2011  OCR Responds to Concerns of NSBA Regarding Bullying Guidance
March 31, 2011  State Department of Education and Department of Public Health Revise Regulations Concerning Immunization Requirements for School Entry
February 9, 2011  New Massachusetts Legislation Mandates Changes in Hiring Practices for Schools
February 2, 2011  CORI Reform in Massachusetts and Its Impact on Massachusetts Public Schools
January 28, 2011  State Department of Education Revises Regulations Concerning the Administration of Medication in Schools
January 17, 2011  Follow these steps to address parents' heightened concerns about bullying
January 4, 2011  No Attorneys' Fees for Parents of Child Not Yet Determined Eligible Under the IDEA
October 25, 2010  Department of Education Adds Two Public Hearings and Extends Comment Deadline for Proposed Special Education Regulations
August 4, 2010  Julie Fay quoted in Special Ed Connection article, "Mitigate conflict over role of physician's orders in special ed decisions"
January 12, 2010  Make Sure Everyone is on the Same Page Regarding Diabetes Care In Schools
July 13, 2009  State Department of Education Enacts Regulations Concerning the Physical Restraint and Seclusion of Students in Public Schools
June 26, 2009  Supreme Court: Special Education Law Permits Parents Whose Children Have Never Received In-district Services to be Reimbursed for Private Placement
January 20, 2009  New Federal IDEA Regulations Impact Delivery of Special Education and Related Services
January 16, 2009  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Update
December 21, 2008  Congress Expands the Americans With Disabilities Act: How will this change Section 504?
December 3, 2008  Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act
1999  Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, Is it Really the Final Word on School Liability for Teacher-to-Student Sexual Harassment


February 24 – 26, 2016  2016 NAIS Annual Conference
November 12 - 13, 2015  2015 CAIS Annual Conference for Heads of School
September 26, 2015  Update on Current Legal Issues for Independent Schools
June 2, 2015  Hot Topics in Special Education - Hartford
June 25 - June 27, 2014  2014 Independent School Conference on Law and Policy
March 13, 2014  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2014 Public Sector Legal Update
February 5, 2014  NBI: Special Education Laws Made Simple
January 14, 2014  Hartford - Peanuts, Concussions and Extracurriculars: Exploring the Landscape of Section 504
May 16, 2013  The New Special Education Regulations: Are You Ready for July 1st?
April 11, 2013  Assessing School Risk: Tools for Responding to Student Conduct
March 25, 2013  CAS-CIAC Legal Workshop: Transgender Students and Individuals with Disabilities in Activities-What Every School Needs to Know
March 11, 2013  Assessing School Risk: Tools for Responding to Student Conduct
December 18, 2012  Student Activities Fall Advisors' Workshop
July 12, 2012  Handling Special Education Challenges
April 26, 2012  Handling Special Education Challenges
April 22, 2012  Bully or Bigot: When Is Bullying Behavior Also Discrimination?
November 18 - 19, 2011  2011 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
September 15, 2011  2011 Legislative Developments: Bullying, Gender Identity and More - Hartford, CT
April 5, 2011  Student Privacy and School Communications - Hartford, CT
March 23-24, 2011  March Leadership Forum: Education and the Law: Current Legal Issues Impacting Education
January 13, 2011  Seminar for Independent Schools - Bullying, Social Media and Misconduct: Student Discipline in the Cyber Age
November 19-20, 2010  2010 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
November 8, 2010  Bullying Investigations Seminar - Hartford, CT
October 15, 2010  A School Law Primer on Student Discipline
April 8, 2010  Investigations of Student Misconduct - Stamford, CT
March 24-25, 2010  Education and the Law: Current Legal Issues
January 21, 2010  Investigations of Student Misconduct - Hartford, CT
October 22, 2009  Legal Updates in Special Education - Stamford, CT
September 24, 2009  Legal Updates in Special Education - Hartford, CT
April 30, 2009  School Law Breakfast Seminar: Student Health Issues
September 19, 2006  Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): An Updated Practical Guide For The IEP/PPT Team Administrator
May 20, 2005  Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA):

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  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2001, with honors
  • Middlebury College, M.A., 1995
  • Williams College, B.A., 1991, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, District of MA
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