Educational institutions are under intense scrutiny today. They face legal challenges that range from employment and real estate matters to First Amendment issues, antitrust actions, and funding disputes. We’re here to resolve those challenges quickly and thoroughly so you can focus on what matters, education.
Our lawyers represent the full spectrum of educational institutions and have particular experience working with private colleges and universities and public charter schools.
We have tried dozens of cases for our education clients in state and federal courts on subjects including employment discrimination, student discipline, breach of contract, and personal injury. We take a big picture approach to formulating our litigation strategy, including accounting for the reputational and financial risks litigation poses for our clients.. We also advise clients to avoid or minimize litigation risk on matters affecting campuses including student unrest on campus, governance, FERPA compliance, Title IX and sexual misconduct, investigations, campus police, international study programs, affiliation agreements, accreditation, tenure denial and faculty dismissals, and senior administrator contracts and separations. Our team also regularly represent institutions in responding to investigations by the US Department of Justice, the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, state attorney generals, and other regulators.
Working together with our clients, we develop a customized service and communication plan to meet their unique needs and business objectives. Our education lawyers aim to be true business partners with our education clients. We monitor trends to anticipate upcoming challenges and opportunities and actively support the improvement of the education industry through participation and leadership in educational organizations such as the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Colleges and University Personnel Association (CUPA), the National School Boards Association and the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys.