School Law

Our school law practice includes counseling school boards and Cooperative Education Service Agencies (CESAs) throughout Wisconsin.  The firm has served as legal counsel to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Inc. (WASB) for over fifty-five years and has represented many public school districts, CESAs, charter schools, and technical colleges as designated general counsel on a continuing basis or on specific matters.

The School Law Practice Group assists schools with the following:

  • Labor Relations
    • Collective Bargaining
    • Contract Administration
    • Representation Elections
    • Grievance
    • Prohibited Practices
  • Employment
    • Employee Handbooks and Policies
    • Discipline and Termination
    • Teacher and Administrator Contracts and Nonrenewal
    • Wage and Hour Laws
    • Harassment and Discrimination Claims
    • Family and Medical Leave Act
    • Unemployment Compensation
    • Workers Compensation
    • Employee Benefits
    • Evaluations
  • Inservice Education
    • Monthly Newsletters entitled “For Your Information”
    • Annual School Law Seminar for Client Administrators and Board Members
    • Regular contributions to state and national journals, including the firm’s popular “Legal Comment,” which has appeared monthly in the WASB Wisconsin School News since 1961
  • Student Discipline, including Suspensions and Expulsions
  • Student Athletic Codes
  • Student Residency, Open Enrollment and Tuition
  • Children with Disabilities
  • Technology Issues
  • Copyright and Trademarks
  • Use of School Property
  • School Finance
  • Site Acquisitions and other Real Estate Matters
  • District Reorganization
    • Boundary Adjustments
    • Apportionment of Assets and Liabilities
  • Elections and Referenda
  • Charter Schools
  • Transportation and Vender Contracts
  • Records Requests, including FERPA and HIPAA issues
  • School District Annual and Special Meetings
  • Conflicts of Interest and Code of Ethics
  • Litigation at all levels of the state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies
  • Insurance defense work for several Wisconsin insurance companies that insure school districts
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