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Thomas B. Mooney

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Thomas Mooney is active in all areas of school law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, teacher tenure proceedings, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes and all other legal proceedings involving boards of education. In addition, Tom has taught school law at the University of Connecticut School of Law since 1985, and has served as Professor in Residence at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut since 2001.

Tom is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (9th Edition, 2018), a comprehensive treatise on Connecticut school law, published by CABE and used by teachers, administrators and board of education members throughout the state. He also writes two monthly columns, "See You in Court!," which appears in the CABE Journal, and "Legal Mailbag," which appears in the CAS Bulletin. In 2000, CABE awarded Tom its Friend of Public Education award, and in 2001, the Connecticut Association of Schools awarded Tom its Distinguished Friend of Education Award, its highest award for persons not directly involved in public education.  Tom is Co-Chair of the firm’s School Law Practice Group.

Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Schools & Education (2007; 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Education Law; Employment Law; Labor Law (2006-2019)
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018): Best Lawyers Hartford Region Education Law
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" (2019): Best Lawyers Hartford Region Employment Law
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" (2017): Best Lawyers Hartford Region Labor Law
  • President's Award, New England Association of School Superintendents (2017)
  • Professional Excellence Award, Connecticut Law Tribune (2016)
  • Distinguished Friend of Public Education Award, Connecticut Association of Schools (2001)
  • Friend of Public Education Award, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (2000)
  • American Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation: James W. Cooper Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Harvard International Law Journal, Articles Editor

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut: Professor in Residence, Neag School of Education
  • University of Connecticut School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Law and Public Education

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Connecticut School Attorneys Council: Former President

Publications

November 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - November 2018
October 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - October 2018
September 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2018
August 6, 2018  2018 Education Legislation Summary
July/August 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2018
July 9, 2018  Janus v. AFSCME: Implementation Issues
June 1, 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - June 2018
May 1, 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2018
April 1, 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2018
March 1, 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT - March 2018
2018  A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (9th Edition, 2018)
February 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2018
January 23, 2018  The End of a Long Road: The Connecticut Supreme Court Dismisses the Appeal of the CCJEF Plaintiffs
Monthly Column  SEE YOU IN COURT!
January 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2018
December 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2017
November 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - November 2017
September 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2017
August 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2017
June 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - June 2017
May 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2017
April 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2017
March 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2017
February 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2017
January 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2017
December 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2016
November 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - November 2016
October 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - October 2016
September 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2016
July/August 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2016
June 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - June 2016
May 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2016
April 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2016
March 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2016
February 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2016
January 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2016
December 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2015
November 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - November 2015
October 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - October 2015
September 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2015
July/August 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2015
June 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - June 2015
May 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2015
April 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2015
March 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2015
February 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2015
January 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2015
2014  A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (8th Edition, 2014)
December 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2014
November 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - November 2014
October 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - October 2014
September 29, 2014  Tom Mooney quoted in CT Law Tribune article, "Protective Parents Push School Districts Into Court"
September 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2014
July/August 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2014
May 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2014
April 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2014
March 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2014
February 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2014
January 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2014
December 27, 2013  Forecast 2014: Education Law Issues Include Money, Reform Measures
December 2013  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2013

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News

October 18, 2018  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers
August 21, 2018  Five Firm Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors
August 15, 2018  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 43 Firm Attorneys
March 12, 2018  Thomas Mooney Authors Newest Edition of CT School Law Guide
October 17, 2017  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers
September 18, 2017  Thomas Mooney to Receive President's Award from New England School Superintendents Assn
August 22, 2017  Eight Firm Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors
August 15, 2017  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 43 Firm Attorneys
October 18, 2016  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers
August 23, 2016  Eight Firm Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors
August 15, 2016  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys
May 23, 2016  Tom Mooney to Receive Professional Excellence Award
October 19, 2015  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Super Lawyers
August 24, 2015  Six Firm Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors
August 17, 2015  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 40 Firm Attorneys
March 23, 2015  Shipman & Goodwin Sponsors UConn Law School Diversity Week 2015
December 28, 2014  Tom Mooney featured in Connecticut Post article, "School boards turn to the expert"
December 8, 2014  Tom Mooney quoted in CT Law Tribune article, "Prosecutor Scolds Schools Over Abuse Reporting Law"
October 17, 2014  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Super Lawyers
August 18, 2014  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys

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Events

November 16-17, 2018   2018 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
October 1, 2018  CT Association of Schools Annual Legal Update
May 4, 2018  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2018 Public Sector Legal Update
November 17, 2017  2017 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
September 28-29, 2017  New England Association of School Superintendents (NEASS) 200th Annual Fall Conference
September 12, 2017  2017 Education Legislation Summary Seminar - Stamford
May 19, 2017  2017 Annual Conference of the Connecticut Association of School Personnel Administrators (CASPA)
April 21, 2017  2017 Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission Annual Conference
March 10, 2017  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2017 Public Sector Legal Update
February 15, 2017  Teacher Evaluations in Connecticut: Where Are We Now? - Stamford
April 29, 2016  2016 CAS Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
March 17, 2016  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2016 Public Sector Legal Update
December 15, 2015  What Every School Board Member Should Know: A Review of Legal Rights and Responsibilities - Stamford, CT
November 20-21, 2015   2015 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
October 14, 2015  School Finance: Moving Forward
April 24, 2015  CAS Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
April 10, 2015  Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission Annual Conference 2015
April 8, 2015  Avoiding the Board Member Blues: How To Become a More Informed Board Member - Hartford
March 24, 2015  Avoiding the Board Member Blues: How To Become a More Informed Board Member - Stamford
March 23, 2015  Diversity Week 2015: University of Connecticut School of Law
March 19, 2015  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2015 Public Sector Legal Update
November 14-15, 2014  2014 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
September 18, 2014  2014 Education Legislation Summary: What You Need To Know - Hartford
March 13, 2014  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2014 Public Sector Legal Update
November 26, 2013  Decking the School's Halls: A Legal Update on Religion in Schools

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Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1976,
    cum laude
  • Yale College, B.A., 1973,
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

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  • Connecticut
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