Shipman & Goodwin is recognized nationally for the depth and breadth of our education practice. Our school law attorneys represent over 125 local and regional public school districts, including charter schools and magnet schools; more than 30 independent schools, including Montessori schools, Waldorf schools, and religiously affiliated schools; and 20 public and private colleges and universities, including professional schools, medical schools, research universities, and performing and visual arts schools throughout Connecticut, the Northeast and nationally.
We understand the unique and often sensitive issues faced by educational institutions. Our attorneys pay particular attention to how such issues affect a school’s relationship with its students, parents, faculty, staff and the community. We stand ready to counsel school officials on these matters and others, ranging from governance to crisis management, utilizing our extensive experience in school law to provide high-quality legal assistance promptly and cost-effectively.
We represent educational institutions in matters including:
We conduct regular on-site professional development and training workshops on a variety of legal issues and matters of concern, including:
For more information and to schedule an on-site training, visit our Professional Development and Training Workshops page.
As an added resource for our clients, we have established www.ctschoollaw.com, a minisite dedicated to presenting the latest developments in school law.
Our school law attorneys are often asked to make presentations at conferences sponsored by various regional and national professional education organizations and associations, including the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Association of Independent Schools in New England, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, the Connecticut Association of Schools, the Connecticut Association of School Business Officials and the Connecticut Council of Independent Colleges. Our attorneys are active members of the National School Boards Association, as well as the Connecticut and Massachusetts Councils of School Attorneys. In addition, our attorneys contribute to a variety of education-related publications. For example, School Law Practice Group Co-Chair, Thomas B. Mooney, is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law, currently in the 8th Edition (2014), the only treatise available on Connecticut public school law.