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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is positioned to represent schools, colleges, and universities in a variety of legal practice areas. The Firm lists community stewardship and service among its core values. Firm attorneys have assisted educational organizations in many actions and have provided legal counsel on a variety of issues.

Nelson Mullins houses a team of attorneys based in Atlanta who practice education law. Led by D. Glenn Brock, the team represents public school districts and education professionals in matters ranging from drafting and oversight of legislation and policy to accreditation issues and litigation on constitutional matters and other education-related disputes. The Atlanta team enhances the Firm’s ability to provide an array of services to its education clients. The team has represented schools throughout Georgia in legal matters surrounding compliance, governance, labor and employment, litigation, special education, and student matters including First Amendment and disciplinary hearings.

For the past 26 years Mr. Brock has focused on school district representation, serving as outside general counsel to superintendents, school boards, and administrators. He also has served as counsel to the Georgia Department of Education. He has been involved in many high profile education matters, including assisting a metro Atlanta school system to become the first large system charter district in the state, representing a large urban school system regain accreditation, and serving as managing attorney for the prosecution of more than 150 employee discipline matters arising from a publicized cheating scandal.

A sampling of the types of matters handled by Nelson Mullins’ education lawyers includes:

FACILITIES & OPERATIONS

  • Special Referendum Preparation and Implementation
  • Land Acquisitions and Use including Eminent Domain
  • Construction Agreements
  • Construction Claims and Litigation
  • Procurement –RFP drafting/bid protest defense
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Leasing – Equipment, Cell Towers
  • Technology Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Data Security Audits

GOVERNANCE AND POLICY

  • Accreditation and School Improvement
  • Charter Schools and Systems
  • Open Meetings / Open Records Act (Sunshine Laws)
  • Governance Training for School Boards (Governance vs. Management)
  • Elections, Redistricting and DOJ Validation Preparation and Defense
  • Intergovernmental Agreements
  • Finances, QBE, TANS, TADS, Bonds
  • Provide Recommendations for Effective Policy Development practices
  • Draft policies that are legally compliant and contain best practices for school governance

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

  • Personnel policy Drafting and Review
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employee Administrative Proceedings
  • Training and Compliance Review regarding Employee Evaluations
  • Wage and Hour Issues (FLSA)
  • Benefits/Affordable Care Act
  • Workplace Conduct Training
  • Employee Misconduct
  • EEOC investigations, position statements and defense
  • FMLA
  • Disability/ADA Accommodations
  • Workers Compensation

LITIGATION

  • Civil Rights
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Administration Hearings – employee, student and special education
  • General Defense of School Districts
  • Constitutional Law (Free Speech, Religion, etc.)
  • FERPA
  • RICO prosecution and defense

SPECIAL EDUCATION

  • IDEA, ADA, 504 Laws and Regulations
  • IEP Disputes –Due Process Hearings
  • Student Litigation

STUDENTS

  • Code of Conduct
  • Student Related Board Policies
  • First Amendment Issues
  • No Child Left Behind Accountability
  • Student Discipline Hearings and Appeals
  • Bullying-Cyberbullying
  • Social Media Issues
  • FERPA
  • OCR
  • Parental Rights/Advocacy
  • Constitutional Law (Free Speech, Religion, etc.)
  • Early Learning Initiatives for Disabled and Non-Disabled Students

In affiliation with Nelson Mullins, EducationCounsel LLC is a mission-based education consulting firm that combines experience in policy, strategy, law, and advocacy to drive improvements in the U.S. education system. EducationCounsel works at the local, state, and national levels to develop and put into motion policy initiatives that close achievement gaps and lead to improved educational outcomes from pre-K through college.

Founded by Arthur L. Coleman and Scott R. Palmer with the participation of former U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley, EducationCounsel has brought together some of the most respected names in education policy, law, and practice—a diverse and bipartisan group with a shared commitment to strengthen education systems, close achievement gaps, and expand access to educational opportunities.

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