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Thomas B. Mooney

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Thomas Mooney is co-chair of Shipman & Goodwin’s School Law Practice Group. Tom represents clients 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. Drawing on his decades of legal practice, Tom’s philosophy is straightforward: The best legal problems are those that are avoided.

Tom is committed to helping current and future education leaders, teachers, personnel, policymakers and attorneys better understand the rapidly emerging issues facing schools today. Tom has taught school law at the University of Connecticut School of Law since 1985, has served as Professor-in-Residence at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut since 2001, and is an adjunct professor in both the School of Law and the School of Education of Quinnipiac University. Additionally, through presentations, panels, seminars and webinars — including numerous recent webinars addressing the questions of administrators and superintendents with respect to opening schools and providing learning opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic — Tom provides insights that reflect lessons learned over many years.

A prolific, thoughtful writer, Tom is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (9th Edition, 2018), a comprehensive treatise on Connecticut school law published by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) and used by teachers, administrators and board of education members throughout the state. Over the past 40 years, Tom has written hundreds of articles and essays on school law matters, including his two current columns: "See You in Court!," which appears monthly in the CABE Journal, and "Legal Mailbag," which appears each week in the CAS Newsblast, published by the Connecticut Association of Schools.

In recognition of his service and contributions to public education, Tom is the recipient of awards presented by CABE, CAS, the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, the New England Association of School Superintendents, and the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Connecticut Super Lawyer®, Schools & Education (2007; 2014–2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Education Law; Employment Law; Labor Law (2006–2021)
  • Best Lawyers, "Lawyer of the Year," Hartford Region: Education Law (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2021)
  • Best Lawyers, "Lawyer of the Year," Hartford Region: Employment Law (2020)
  • Best Lawyers, "Lawyer of the Year," Hartford Region: Labor Law (2017)
  • Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, President’s Award (2020)
  • New England Association of School Superintendents, President's Award (2017)
  • Connecticut Law Tribune, Professional Excellence Award (2016)
  • Connecticut Association of Schools, Distinguished Friend of Public Education Award (2001)
  • Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, Friend of Public Education Award (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
  • Quinnipiac University School of Education, Adjunct Professor, Education Law; Quinnipiac University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Education Law

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Connecticut School Attorneys Council: Former President
  • Council on International Educational Exchange, Board of Directors (2007–2018); Board Vice-Chairperson (2013­­–2018)
  • Commission on International Education, Commissioner (NEASC) (2016-2019)

Publications

December 1, 2020  See You In Court - December 2020
November 1, 2020  SEE YOU IN COURT - November 2020
October 1, 2020  SEE YOU IN COURT - October 2020
September 1, 2020  SEE YOU IN COURT - September 2020
August 1, 2020  SEE YOU IN COURT - August 2020
July 1, 2020  SEE YOU IN COURT - July 2020
June 1, 2020  SEE YOU IN COURT - June 2020
May 1, 2020  SEE YOU IN COURT - May 2020
April 14, 2020  Commissioner Cardona Announces Guidance on Non-Renewal Process and Tenure Timelines
April 1, 2020  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2020
March 16, 2020  COVID-19: Additional Guidance Regarding FOIA, Timeline Waivers and Budget Extensions
March 1, 2020  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2020
February 1, 2020  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2020
January 1, 2020  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2020
December 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2019
November 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - November 2019
October 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - October 2019
September 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2019
August 8, 2019  2019 Education Legislation Summary
July 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - July/August 2019
June 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - June 2019
May 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - May 2019
April 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - April 2019
March 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - March 2019
February 1, 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2019
Monthly Column  SEE YOU IN COURT!
January 2019  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2019
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
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
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

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Events

August 25, 2020  Webinar: A Brave New World: Opening School in the Time of COVID
June 23, 2020  Webinar: Closure, Reopening and Beyond
November 15-16, 2019  2019 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
May 17, 2019  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2019 Public Sector Legal Update
May 3, 2019  2019 Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission Annual Conference
April 26, 2019  2019 CAS Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
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

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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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