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Public Schools

Shipman & Goodwin’s school law attorneys have more than 40 years of experience representing public schools, including charter schools and magnet schools.  We work with over 125 public school districts and other educational entities, as well as public school member organizations and associations, on the broad range of legal issues that they confront, from general education law to special education matters. 

We emphasize education and preventive measures to avoid legal problems in the first instance.  We have established a school law blog, www.ctschoollaw.com, and we send out email alerts of significant new developments to keep clients apprised of school law developments as they occur.  We also monitor legislation proposed at the state and federal levels and provide periodic updates, including our annual Education and Employment Updates on new legislation.  Our attorneys regularly present semi-annual seminars, quarterly workshops and webinars for public schools on current topics of general and special interest.  In addition, we provide training sessions for the National School Boards Association, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, the Connecticut Association of School Business Officials, the Connecticut Association of Schools and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents. 

Our representation of public schools includes the following matters:

  • ADA accommodations and claims
  • Arbitration
  • Board governance and policy
  • Bullying
  • Business contract and procurement
  • Collective bargaining
  • Contract analysis and interpretation
  • Construction, environmental and real estate issues
  • Criminal law
  • Crisis management
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Employee discipline
  • Employment discrimination
  • Freedom of Information requests
  • General education law
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor relations
  • Pension and employee benefits
  • Personnel matters
  • Section 504
  • Special education
  • State and federal taxation
  • Student discipline
  • Student, faculty, and employee handbooks
  • Student records
  • Student safety
  • Teacher termination proceedings
  • Title IX and Title VI
  • Wage and hour issues

We conduct regular on-site professional development and training workshops on a variety of legal issues and matters of concern, including:

  • ADA and Accommodations
  • Bullying, Harassment and Mandated Reporting
  • Data Privacy, Security and Regulatory Compliance
  • Legal Rights and Responsibilities for Board of Education Members
  • Legislative Updates
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention
  • Special Education and Section 504
  • Social Media Use by Students and Faculty
  • Confidentiality and Student Information
  • Effective Response to Assault and Harassment Claims
  • Student Trips and Travel

For more information and to schedule an on-site training, visit our Professional Development and Training Workshops page.

Co-Chair of the School Law Practice Group, Thomas B. Mooney, is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law, currently in the 9th Edition (2018), the only comprehensive treatise on Connecticut school law, published by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and used by teachers, administrators and board of education members throughout Connecticut. 

Special Education
Our attorneys have represented school districts in hundreds of hearings over the last 40 years.  We have extensive experience in special education disputes, including resolution meetings, mediations, due process hearings and federal court litigation.  We have represented schools in responding to and resolving complaints with the Office of Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education, which enforces Section 504 and several other federal civil rights laws, such as Title IX and Title VI.  In the highly emotional area of special education, we work to resolve the vast majority of cases amicably, preserving the parent/school relationship, litigating such cases through hearing and any court appeals only when necessary. 

Board of Education Policy Updates
We regularly advise boards of education on issues of board policy.  We maintain a series of model policies to assist our board of education clients in complying with statutory changes and requirements.  We monitor all legislation proposed in the General Assembly that affects school districts, and we provide annual complimentary updates to clients on changes in the law. 

Collective Bargaining
We bring significant experiences and resources to support our clients at the bargaining table, working with schools in labor negotiations for both certified and non-certified personnel.  We maintain extensive files that include all current teacher and administrator contracts in the state, as well as many other board of education and municipal contracts.  In addition, we monitor time-sensitive information regarding labor negotiations trends and settlements well before they are released to the public, enabling our clients to make informed decisions at the bargaining table. 

Labor and Employment
We advise schools on wage and hour laws, FMLA, and unemployment compensation.   We review employee handbooks and board policies to assure compliance with state and federal laws.  In addition, our attorneys represent schools in all areas of labor relations, including union activities, contract negotiation and administration, and we represent schools in tenure hearings as well as in grievance hearings before the American Arbitration Association and the Connecticut State Board of Mediation and Arbitration.  We also represent schools before the State Board of Labor Relations, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution venues.  

Attorneys

Alyce L. Alfano
Partner
aalfano@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5663
Hartford Office
Laurann Asklof
Partner
lasklof@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5317
Hartford Office
Andreana R. Bellach
Partner
abellach@goodwin.com
(203) 324-8109
Stamford Office
Thadius L. Bochain
Associate
tbochain@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5705
Hartford Office
Brian Clemow
Partner
bclemow@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5711
Hartford Office
Lauren A. Cullen
Associate
lcullen@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5613
Hartford Office
Leander A. Dolphin
Partner
ldolphin@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5086
Hartford Office
Julie C. Fay
Partner
jfay@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5009
Hartford Office
Stephen M. Forte
Counsel
sforte@goodwin.com
(212) 376-3015
New York Office
Susan C. Freedman
Partner
sfreedman@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5638
Hartford Office
Anne H. Littlefield
Counsel
alittlefield@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5715
Hartford Office
Peter J. Maher
Associate
pmaher@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5507
Hartford Office
Ashley L. Marshall
Associate
amarshall@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5011
Hartford Office
Richard A. Mills
Partner
rmills@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5706
Hartford Office
Thomas B. Mooney
Partner
tmooney@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5710
Hartford Office
Peter J. Murphy
Partner
pjmurphy@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5950
Hartford Office
Saranne P. Murray
Of Counsel
smurray@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5702
Hartford Office
Jessica L. Ritter
Partner
jritter@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5034
Hartford Office
Kevin M. Roy
Partner
kroy@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5162
Hartford Office
Rebecca Rudnick Santiago
Partner
rsantiago@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5164
Hartford Office
Natalia Sieira Millan
Associate
nsieiramillan@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5250
Hartford Office
Jessica Richman Smith
Partner
jsmith@goodwin.com
(203) 324-8157
Stamford Office
Christopher A. Tracey
Counsel
ctracey@goodwin.com
(203) 324-8155
Stamford Office
Linda L. Yoder
Partner
lyoder@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5717
Hartford Office
Gwen J. Zittoun
Partner
gzittoun@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5523
Hartford Office

Experience

Development of Model Policies for Schools
Wellness Incentives in Teachers' Contracts
Connecticut Board of Education Awarded Attorneys' Fees by Federal Court in IDEA Case
Performance-based Interest Arbitration Proceedings
Implementation of High-deductible HSA Plan in Teacher Negotiations
Landmark Case Establishing Teacher Negotiations Act Parameters
Arbitration Proceedings Resulting in a One-Year Salary Freeze
Summary Judgment in Special Education Appeal
Successful Representation in IDEA Case
Charter School Busing Appeal
Background Check Guidance to Schools
Contract Between City and For-Profit Education Company
Class-Action Suit Alleging IDEA Violations
General Employment Counseling and Human Resource Audits
Successful Representation in Civil Litigation
Defense in Website Accessibility Complaints
Successful Representation in Title IX, IDEA/Section 504 and Harassment/Bullying Cases
Secure Positive Outcomes for Public School Clients in Special Education Matters
Successful Representation of Schools and Summer Camps in DCF Appeals
Comprehensive Counsel on Matters Involving the Office for Civil Rights
Successful Representation in IDEA Case Involving Request for Residential Program
Guidance on Mandated Reporting Obligations and DCF Investigations
Crisis Management Counsel
Successful Representation in IDEA Case Involving Private Placement
Conduct Sexual Assault and Title IX Investigations
Private Placement Decision Upheld on Two Appeals
Conduct and Counsel Regarding Investigations
Guidance on ADA Compliance and Accommodations
Employment Counsel on Faculty and Administrative Staff Matters
Public School Counsel on Student Matters

Publications

March 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2019
February 14, 2019  Peter Maher Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Your guide to avoiding progress monitoring missteps"
February 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2019
Monthly Column  SEE YOU IN COURT!
January 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2019
December 14, 2018  Proposed Title IX Sexual Harassment Regulations Would Have Significant Impact on Public Schools and Colleges and Universities
December 1, 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2018
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
June 1, 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - June 2018
May 23, 2018  Massachusetts' Supreme Court Finds Colleges May Face Liability for Student Suicide Under Certain Circumstances
May 1, 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2018
April 20, 2018  Second Circuit Holds Endrew F. Did Not Heighten FAPE Standard in Second Circuit; Rejects Parents' Procedural Claims and Request for Private Transition Program
April 17, 2018  SDE Issues New Guidelines for IEEs and In-School Observations
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 21, 2018  Second Circuit Upholds Ruling in Munn v. Hotchkiss
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
Quarterly Newsletter  Employment Law Letter
January 2018  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2018
December 21, 2017  Education Legislation Summary: 2017 Special Session - Biennial Budget
December 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2017
November 17, 2017  Peter Maher Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Prevent administrative convenience from creeping into classroom placement decisions"
November 16, 2017  Anne Littlefield Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article "After the MDR: What to do if student's misbehavior is manifestation of disability"
November 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - November 2017
October 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - October 2017
September 25, 2017  U.S. Department of Education Withdraws Prior Title IX Guidance and Issues Interim Guidance on Sexual Misconduct
September 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2017
August 2017  Firm Attorneys Published in Legal Resource for School Health Services
August 17, 2017  2017 Education Legislation Summary
August 14, 2017  Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Decision in Munn v. Hotchkiss
August 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2017
July 27, 2017  New Legislation Revises Physical Restraint and Seclusion Training Requirements
June 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - June 2017
May 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2017
April 18, 2017  Mandated Reporting and Professional Boundaries: Important Training for Faculty and Staff
April 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2017
March 23, 2017  Supreme Court Clarifies FAPE Standard in Endrew F. Case
March 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2017
February 23, 2017  U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Withdraw Federal Transgender Student Guidance
February 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2017
January 25, 2017  U.S. Department of Education Changes Name of Office Responsible for FERPA
January 23, 2017  OCR Releases New Section 504 Resource Guide
January 17, 2017  Gwen Zittoun Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article "Review noteworthy scenarios from OCR's latest guide on Section 504"
January 17, 2017  Office for Civil Rights Issues Dear Colleague Letter: Restraint and Seclusion of Students With Disabilities
January 1, 2017  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2017
December 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2016
November 30, 2016  Anne Littlefield Interviewed in Special Ed Connection Feature: How I Advise My Clients
November 23, 2016  Breaking News: Judge Stops New Overtime Rule
November 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - November 2016
October 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - October 2016
September 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2016
September 8, 2016  Peter Maher Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "'How I Advise My Clients': What parameters can districts set regarding IEEs?"
August 15, 2016  Office for Civil Rights Issues New Dear Colleague Letter Regarding ADHD
August 4, 2016  Effective July 1, 2016, School Districts Subject to New Requirements for Employee Background Checks
July/August 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2016
July 15, 2016  Education Legislation Summary 2016
July 7, 2016  Anne Littlefield Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Use Caution When Shortening Student's School Day to Address Behavior"
June 20, 2016  Governor Signs Student Data Privacy Law
June 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - June 2016
May 17, 2016  Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights Issue Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students
May 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2016
April 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2016
March 31, 2016  Peter Maher Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Don't Catch Parents Off Guard When it Comes to Child's Removals"
April 2016  The Governance - Achievement Link
March 10, 2016  The Test for Independent Contractors and Unemployment Taxes Made Friendlier
March 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2016
February 24, 2016  State-Assisted Public School Projects Subject to Set-Aside and Non-Discrimination Requirements
February 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2016
February 1, 2016  Second Circuit Holds District Denied FAPE by Refusing to Discuss Bullying at IEP Meeting
February 2016  Safe Havens: Preventing Student Sexual Abuse Starts With You
January 2016  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2016
December 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2015
December 1, 2015  Gwen Zittoun Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Tips to end your next IEP meeting effectively"
November 2015  THE PROFESSIONAL GOVERNANCE BOARD - November 2015
November 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - November 2015
October 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - October 2015
October 2015  Understanding PPTs and Supporting Students with Special Needs
September 23, 2015  New Notice to Parents Regarding Special Education Rights
September 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2015
August 17, 2015  Education Legislation Summary 2015
July/August 2015  THE PROFESSIONAL GOVERNANCE BOARD - July/August 2015
July 31, 2015  TRB Issues New Guidance Concerning the Reemployment of Retired Teachers
July/August 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2015
July 20, 2015  Gwen Zittoun Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Attorneys: Move Fast When Clock Starts Ticking on IEE Requests"
July 9, 2015  State Department of Education Weighs in on Parents' Right to Independent Educational Evaluations
June 24, 2015  Anne Littlefield Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Investigate Root of Misconduct to Rule Out Prior Knowledge of Disability"
June 19, 2015  Significant Changes to Law Concerning Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Anticipated to be Effective July 1, 2015
June 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - June 2015
May 14, 2015  Leander Dolphin Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Don't Accept 'Backslide' in Academic Performance Without Investigation"
May 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2015
Spring 2015  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2015
April 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2015
March 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2015
February 18, 2015  New School Security and Safety Standards Encourage, but no Longer Mandate, ICS Courses for All Employees
February 13, 2015  Interview: Gwen Zittoun Explains School Attendance For Kids Who Are Not Vaccinated
February 2015  Julie Fay Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article "Tips to avoid disparate discipline measures"
February 2015  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2015
January 28, 2015  State Department of Education Issues Guidance on Technical Edits to the IEP Document
January 26, 2015  Educational Institutions Face Heightened Scrutiny
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
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 24, 2014  Ebola Guidance for Schools: Focusing on the Basics
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 3, 2014  Important Update Regarding School Security and Safety Plans
September 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2014
September 2014  THE PROFESSIONAL GOVERNANCE BOARD - September 2014
August 2014  Julie Fay quoted in Today's School Psychologist article, "Help parents understand when autism evaluation is unnecessary"
July/August 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2014
July 30, 2014  Education Legislation Summary 2014
June 3, 2014  Connecticut DOL Releases New FMLA Regulations for School Paraprofessionals
June 2014  THE PROFESSIONAL GOVERNANCE BOARD - June 2014
May 30, 2014  Gwen Zittoun quoted in Special Ed Connection article, "Make immediate academic adjustments for student with concussion"
May 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2014
April 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2014
March 2014  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2014
Winter 2014  Employment Law Letter - Winter 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
November 2013  SEE YOU IN COURT! - November 2013
Fall 2013  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2013
October 2013  SEE YOU IN COURT! - October 2013
September 2013  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2013
September 2013  Tips for Writing Student Handbooks
2013 Session  Education Legislation Summary 2013
July/August 2013  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2013
Summer 2013  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2013
July 8, 2013  Connecticut General Assembly Bans School District Use of Electronic and Automated Notifications for Referenda Votes
June 2013  SEE YOU IN COURT - June 2013
May 21, 2013  DSM-5 Released May 2013
May 17, 2013  Bill Increases Training for Connecticut School Security Officers
May 2013  SEE YOU IN COURT - May 2013
April 17, 2013  Connecticut's Historic Gun Bill and Its Impact on Connecticut's Local and Regional Boards of Education
Spring 2013  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2013
April 2, 2013  Connecticut Special Education Regulations Effective July 1, 2013
April 2013  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2013
March 2013  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2013
February 25, 2013  Federal Regulations Revised to Allow One-Time Parental Consent to Access Public Benefits or Public Insurance to Pay for IDEA Services
February 25, 2013  Massachusetts State Department of Education Releases Guidelines on Transgender Students
February 25, 2013  Negligence of Regional School District Employee not Imputed to Municipality
February 14, 2013  U.S. Department of Ed Issues Guidance for Providing Equal Access to Extracurricular Athletics to Students with Disabilities
February 2013  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2013
January 22, 2013  State Department of Education Issues IEP Guidance
January 17, 2013  State Department of Education Clarifies Rules on Whether School Districts May Share IEPs With Paraprofessionals
Winter 2013  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2013
January 15, 2013  Board Member Removed from Board for Accepting Compensation for Supervising Field Trip
January 14, 2013  Court Rejects Student's Challenge to Student ID Badge Requirement
January 2013  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2013
December 24, 2012  School Lawyers Mull Over Newtown Tragedy
December 18, 2012  New Department of Education Website Helps Local and Regional Boards of Education Comply with Law Requiring In-Service Training on Teen Dating Violence
December 18, 2012  Teacher's Complaints About Health Issues and Unsanitary Conditions In Her Classroom Did Not Constitute First Amendment Protected Speech
December 18, 2012  Arbitrator's Decision to Reinstate Teacher Failed the Essence Test and Violated Well Established Public Policy of Protecting Students from Sexual Harassment on School Grounds
December 2012  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2012
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
Fall 2012  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2012
November 2012  SEE YOU IN COURT! - November 2012
October 2012  Follow 10 steps to improve procedures on restraint, seclusion
October 24, 2012  U.S. Department of Education Provides Technical Assistance to School Districts on Privacy, Security and Storage of Student Information
October 2012  SEE YOU IN COURT! - October 2012
September 28, 2012  Timeline for New Teacher Evaluation Process
September 10, 2012  Connecticut Commission on Children Publishes Bullying Presentation
September 2012  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2012
2012 Session  Education Legislation Summary
July 31, 2012  Connecticut Special Education Laws Amended
July 31, 2012  Protections for Diabetic Students Enacted
July 19, 2012  State Board of Education Approves Definitions of Excused and Unexcused Absences
July 2, 2012  State Board of Education Approves Linking Teacher Evaluations to Student Performance
July/August 2012  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2012
June 29, 2012  Change in the Law: No more CEUs
June 28, 2012  Governor Signs Act Amending Special Education Laws in Connecticut
June 27, 2012  U.S. Supreme Court Rules Private Contractors Conducting Work on Behalf of the State are Allowed to Assert Qualified Governmental Immunity
June 21, 2012  Statutory Changes to Physical Restraint and Seclusion Reporting Requirements
June 2012  SEE YOU IN COURT! - June 2012
May 15, 2012  Supreme Court Rules Connecticut's Anti-Discrimination Law Creates Claim for Hostile Work Environment Based on Sexual Orientation
May 2012  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2012
April 23, 2012  Note student's age, progress in RTI when gauging need for evaluation
April 13, 2012  Guidance and Best Practices for Implementing the New Bullying Statute
April 2012  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2012
March 2012  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2012
March 2012  When Bullying Behavior May Also Be Criminal Behavior
February 26, 2012  Unions Act In Teachers' Interests — Not Students'
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
February 6, 2012  The Acts of Individual Board Members Can Mean Liability for the Entire Board of Education
February 6, 2012  Recent Court Decision Defines the Duty of Care for School Districts
February 2012  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2012
February 1, 2012  New Rules Restricts the Use of Hand-Held Mobile Telephones by Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles
January 25, 2012  ADA Does Not Restrict School Districts When Teachers Can't Perform Essential Functions of Job
January 25, 2012  Challenges in Implementation of Race to the Top
January 13, 2012  Ninth Circuit Rules Teachers are not Entitled to Receive Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act to Ensure they Can Satisfy Employment Prerequisites
January 2012  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2012

News

August 17, 2018  Learning Forum: Failure to Report Child Abuse and/or Neglect
March 12, 2018  Thomas Mooney Authors Newest Edition of CT School Law Guide
September 18, 2017  Thomas Mooney to Receive President's Award from New England School Superintendents Assn
May 3, 2017  Shipman & Goodwin Hosts Annual Law Day Event
February 24, 2017  Anne Littlefield and Gwen Zittoun Address Withdrawal of Federal Guidance on Transgender Students
November 1, 2016  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2017 "Best Law Firms"
October 26, 2016  Bill Roberts Suggests Quick Response to Student Data Breaches
May 23, 2016  Tom Mooney to Receive Professional Excellence Award
November 2, 2015  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2016 "Best Law Firms"
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"
November 3, 2014  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2015 "Best Law Firms"
November 1, 2013  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2014 "Best Law Firms"
November 1, 2012  Firm Ranked Among 2013 "Best Law Firms"
September 13, 2012  Six Firm Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors
May 2, 2012  Law Day 2012 Gives Area High School Students a Glimpse of Law Firm Life
April 19-23, 2012  Attorneys Present at the National School Boards Association 72nd Annual Conference
January 31, 2012  Firm Names Two New Partners; Kevin M. Roy and Rebecca Rudnick Santiago

Events

March 28, 2019  Providing an Effective Learning Environment: An In-Depth Discussion of Emerging Issues in Classroom Management - Stamford
March 21, 2019  Providing an Effective Learning Environment: An In-Depth Discussion of Emerging Issues in Classroom Management - Hartford
December 13, 2018  Webinar: Use of Physical Restraint, Seclusion and Exclusionary Time Out: An Interactive Webinar Addressing Legal Compliance
November 20, 2018  CEN Education and Development Advisory Council Workshop
November 16-17, 2018   2018 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
October 3, 2018  2018 CAPSS Legislative Update
October 1, 2018  CT Association of Schools Annual Legal Update
September 25, 2018  2018 Education Legislation Summary Seminar - Stamford
September 14, 2018  2018 Education Legislation Summary Seminar - Hartford
September 6, 2018  Regional Transition Network: Legal Issues Regarding Secondary Transition
June 12, 2018  2018 CABE Collective Bargaining Workshop
April 24, 2018  2018 Special Education in Connecticut Summit: Promoting Equity for Marginalized Students With Disabilities
March 29, 2018  CES Special Education Director Aspirant Series
March 27, 2018  Data Privacy for Public and Charter Schools: What Lies Ahead - Stamford
March 15, 2018  Data Privacy for Public and Charter Schools: What Lies Ahead - Hartford
December 1, 2017  Webinar: 2017 Roundup - What You Should Know About Special Education Decisions
December 1, 2017  ACES Tech Council Meeting
November 17, 2017  2017 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
October 4, 2017  United States Ombudsman Association's 38th Annual Conference
October 3, 2017  Symposium on Student Safety
October 3, 2017  Webinar: Mandated Reporting in Connecticut - Understanding Legal Obligations and Best Practice
September 28-29, 2017  New England Association of School Superintendents (NEASS) 200th Annual Fall Conference
September 22, 2017  Webinar - Board Member Boot Camp - Board Member Conduct: Empowering Good Behavior/Dealing with Bad Behavior
September 14, 2017  2017 Education Legislation Summary Seminar - Hartford
September 13, 2017  The Bureau of Special Education's 14th Annual Back to School Meeting
September 12, 2017  2017 Education Legislation Summary Seminar - Stamford
June 22, 2017  Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium: Transition to College & Careers
May 19, 2017  2017 Annual Conference of the Connecticut Association of School Personnel Administrators (CASPA)
May 12, 2017  2017 Connecticut Education Network Annual Conference
May 12, 2017   Lehigh University's 45th Special Education Law Conference
May 3, 2017  No Environmental Issue Left Behind: Challenges for Public Schools – Compliance Requirements, Construction Projects and Crisis Management
April 28, 2017  2017 CAS Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
April 24, 2017  International Ombudsman Association: The Education Conflict Resolution
April 21, 2017  2017 Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission Annual Conference
April 20, 2017  Education Conflict Resolution: Establishing Ombuds Programs in K-12 Schools
April 6, 2017  Hot Topics in Special Education and Section 504/ADA - Stamford
April 4, 2017  Hot Topics in Special Education and Section 504/ADA - Hartford
March 26, 2017  National School Board Association: The Educational Ombudsman - A Valuable Tool for Early Dispute Resolution
March 10, 2017  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2017 Public Sector Legal Update
March 3, 2017  CTABA 13th Annual Conference
February 15, 2017  Teacher Evaluations in Connecticut: Where Are We Now? - Stamford
February 7, 2017  Teacher Evaluations in Connecticut: Where Are We Now? - Hartford
December 14, 2016  Board Meets World: A Board Member's Guide to Working With Stakeholders - Hartford, CT
November 18-19, 2016   2016 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
November 16, 2016  Webinar: A School Attorney's Guide to ADA Accommodations for Employees
October 20-22, 2016   NSBA Council of School Attorneys 2016 School Law Practice Seminar
October 14, 2016  CASBO Timely Topic Workshop
September 22, 2016  2016 Education Legislation Summary - Stamford
September 20, 2016  2016 Education Legislation Summary - Hartford
August 1, 2016  Working with Mediators & Advocates
June 27, 2016  Briefing on Public Act 16-189: An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy
June 2, 2016  Webinar: Top Legal Issues for Connecticut Charter Schools
May 26, 2016  Special Education Trends and Hot Topics - Stamford
May 19, 2016  Special Education Trends and Hot Topics - Hartford
May 11, 2016  Confidentiality and Freedom of Information Workshop
April 29, 2016  2016 CAS Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
April 8, 2016   COSA School Law Seminar
March 31, 2016  The Intersection of Sports and Education Law
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 - Hartford, CT
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 23, 2015  2015 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 14, 2015  School Finance: Moving Forward
October 2, 2015  What You Need to Know about 504, Bullying and Cyberbullying
September 29, 2015   CT Council of Small Towns Legislative Wrap-Up
September 24, 2015  2015 Education Legislation Summary - Stamford
September 17, 2015  2015 Education Legislation Summary - Hartford
July 2, 2015  Webinar: Significant Changes to the Law Concerning Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
June 11, 2015  Hot Topics in Special Education - Stamford
June 2, 2015  Hot Topics in Special Education - Hartford
May 19, 2015  NBI: Special Education Laws Made Simple - Hartford
May 18, 2015  NBI: Special Education Laws Made Simple - New Haven
May 15, 2015  2015 New England School Climate & Anti-Bullying Conference
May 8, 2015  A Life Saved: Suicide Prevention and FAPE Obligations
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 27, 2015  Helping All Children to Learn: What is your Role in Regard to Special Education?
March 24, 2015  Avoiding the Board Member Blues: How To Become a More Informed Board Member - Stamford
March 22, 2015  National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference 2015
March 19, 2015  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2015 Public Sector Legal Update
March 19-21, 2015  National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys 2015 School Law Seminar
March 18, 2015  NBI: Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights
March 5, 2015  When Students Don't Attend School: The Law's Response to Truancy & Chronic Absenteeism
January 26, 2015  Connecticut School Counselor Association (CSCA) Hartford County Middle and High School Counselors Professional Development Conference
November 14-15, 2014  2014 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
October 31, 2014  2014 School Facility Workshop - It Takes a Team
October 29, 2014  Webinar: Dealing With Bullying - Tips for School Staff
October 1, 2014  CABE: Special Education - The Law, the Process and Hot Button Issues
September 23, 2014  2014 Education Legislation Summary: What You Need To Know - Stamford
September 18, 2014  2014 Education Legislation Summary: What You Need To Know - Hartford
May 15, 2014  NBI: Disciplining Students with Behavioral Issues
May 14, 2014  A Special Education Primer for Connecticut's Charter Schools
March 13, 2014  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2014 Public Sector Legal Update
March 12, 2014  Webinar: The Affordable Care Act and Collective Bargaining in Connecticut's Schools
March 4, 2014  School Construction Projects: Managing the Risks, Controlling the Costs
February 5, 2014  NBI: Special Education Laws Made Simple
January 21, 2014  Stamford - Peanuts, Concussions and Extracurriculars: Exploring the Landscape of Section 504
January 14, 2014  Hartford - Peanuts, Concussions and Extracurriculars: Exploring the Landscape of Section 504
December 12, 2013  A Legal and Practical Guide to the Board of Education Meeting
November 26, 2013  Decking the School's Halls: A Legal Update on Religion in Schools
November 16, 2013  2013 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
October 9, 2013  Protected-Class Harassment and Bullying - October 9, Stamford
October 3, 2013  Protected-Class Harassment and Bullying - October 3, Hartford
September 19, 2013  2013 Legislative Update
August 21, 2013  Webinar: Working with Law Enforcement: Tips for School Attorneys and School Boards
June 20, 2013  The New Special Education Regulations: Are You Ready for July 1st? - Stamford
May 16, 2013  The New Special Education Regulations: Are You Ready for July 1st?
May 8, 2013  Top Legal Issues for Connecticut's Charter Schools
April 11-13, 2013  NSBA School Law Seminar - Bullying Panel
April 11, 2013  Assessing School Risk: Tools for Responding to Student Conduct
April 4 & 5, 2013  ConnCase Leadership Forum
March 28, 2013  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2013 Public Sector Legal Update
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
December 4, 2012  Decking the School's Halls: A Legal Update on Religion in Public Schools
November 30, 2012  Social Networking and Electronic Communications: Issues for Public Schools
November 16, 2012  Annual Meeting of the Nutmeg Board of Education
November 13, 2012  Are you a one-percenter? - A Discussion of Public Act 10-108 Concerning Unexpended BOE funds
October 9, 2012  Education Reform in Connecticut: Ensuring A Seamless Transition
October 3, 2012  Bullying in Schools: How Should the Law Protect Students?
September 20, 2012  Education Reform in Connecticut: Ensuring A Seamless Transition
July 12, 2012  Handling Special Education Challenges
May 1, 2012  Law Day 2012
April 26, 2012  Handling Special Education Challenges
April 22, 2012  Bully or Bigot: When Is Bullying Behavior Also Discrimination?
April 20, 2012  School District Liability for Peer Bullying and Harassment: A Review of Current Legal Standards
April 19, 2012  School District Liability for Peer Bullying and Harassment: A Review of Current Legal Standards
March 30, 2012  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2012 Public Sector Legal Update
March 29-30, 2012  March Leadership Forum - Education and the Law: Current Legal Issues Impacting Education
March 20, 2012  Interdistrict Public Education: Equalizing Opportunity Beyond Racial Integration
March 13, 2012  Teacher Discipline Webinar: Part 2 of School Law Boot Camp Webinar Series
February 7, 2012  Practical Tips Regarding Preparation for Teacher Non-Renewal Hearings
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