Education Law

The Clark Hill Education Law Practice Group has extensive experience counseling public school districts, charter schools, intermediate school districts, independent schools, and universities on legal issues which impact all facets of school operations. With this experience, our school law attorneys and other professionals are able to assist with any of the numerous issues your school district may face. Our group stays on top of the ever evolving world of education law and proactively serves our clients through providing legal updates and in-services on pertinent legal developments that impact their district and students.

The depth and breadth of Clark Hill’s Education Law Practice Group, as well as its geographic reach and state of the art technology, enables us to offer the specific legal advice and service your school district needs to successfully manage its operations.

Education Law Group Areas of Expertise:

General School Law Compliance

  • Board Policies & Administrative Guidelines
  • Board Governance
  • Public School Legislation and Laws
  • Michigan Revised School Code
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Conflicts of Interest and Compatibility of Offices
  • Fingerprinting and Criminal Background Checks
  • School Election Laws
  • Crisis Management and Response
  • Safety and Security

School Business

  • Purchasing and Competitive Bidding
  • School Construction and related professional services contracts
  • Real Estate Issues
  • Leasing
  • Land Use Regulation
  • Cell Tower Leasing
  • Telecommunications
  • Retirement and Employee Benefits
  • Technology
  • School Election Laws
  • Contract Drafting
  • Outsourcing of Non-Instructional Services
  • Pupil Transportation
  • Food Services
  • Facility Operations and Management, including Custodial, Grounds and Facility Maintenance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Environmental Regulations
  • Educational Foundations & Charitable Giving

Tenure

  • Compliance with the Michigan Teachers’ Tenure Act
  • Filing of Teacher Tenure Charges
  • Representation in all proceedings before the Michigan Teacher Tenure Commission and any subsequent appeals

Students

  • Enrollment
  • Pupil Accounting
  • Student Discipline
  • Special Education and IDEA Compliance
  • Internet Privacy Protection Act

Labor Law

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Administration of Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Grievance Arbitrations
  • Mediation & Fact Finding
  • Unfair Labor Practice Charges and Other Legal Proceedings before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission
  • Union Campaigns & Elections

Employment Advice

  • Compliance with Federal and State Equal Employment Opportunity Laws
  • Employee Handbooks and Personnel Policy Manuals
  • Employment Contracts
  • Severance Agreements
  • Employment Counseling and Training
  • Family & Medical Leave Act
  • Disability Accommodations
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Fair Labor Standards Act and State Wage & Hour Laws
  • Social Media
  • Record Retention
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Teacher and Staff Evaluations
  • Employee Discipline and Investigations
  • Harassment/Bullying
  • Freedom to Work
  • Weapons in Schools
  • First Amendment and Establishment Clause
  • Occupational Safety & Health Investigations
  • Employee Discipline & Investigations

Employment Defense/Education Law Litigation

  • Whistleblowers’ Protection Act
  • Civil Rights Litigation under Federal and State Civil Rights Laws, including alleged discrimination based on race, color, age, sex, national origin, disability, religion, pregnancy, marital status, height and weight
  • Compliance Audits by the Office of Civil Rights
  • Individual and Class Actions under Wage and Hour Laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Teacher Tenure Commission, Michigan Wage/Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, U.S. Department of Education, and Other Administrative Proceedings

Employment Benefits & Compensation

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Compliance
  • Public Acts 54 and 152 of 2011
  • 403(b) Plans
  • Section 125 Cafeteria Plan Compliance

School Finance

  • Bond Financing
  • Bond Elections
  • Michigan School Bond Qualifications and Loan Program
  • Installment Purchase Agreements/Finance Leases
  • Energy Conservation Improvement Bonds
  • Qualified Zone Academy Bonds
  • Operating Cash-Flow Borrowings: State Aid Note and Lines of Credit
  • Refunding Bonds
  • Building and Site Sinking Fund Millage

Experience

Jeremy Motz assisted the Livonia Public Schools in successfully negotiating the sale of a wireless communications perpetual easement agreement to American Tower Company for $900,000 for American Tower's use of a wireless communications (cell) tower at the School District's Stevenson High School site.  Jeremy worked with the School District to facilitate its due diligence process, including analysis of competing offers, and securing a third-party appraisal to independently verify American Tower's offer was fair and reasonable.  Jeremy's expertise was also instrumental in negotiating certain protections for the School District into the easement agreement, including limitations on American Tower's use of the tower and enabling the School District to continue to use the tower as part of its football field light system.  The transaction is significant for the School District in light of its budget cuts and anticipated budget shortfall.  Interim Superintendent Andrea Oquist said the money is nearly half of what the School District needs to help balance the $144.2 million general fund budget for the 2015-16 school year.  

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Gohl v. Livonia Public Schools, et al. (E.D. Michigan)

After over two years of litigation and over 100 days of depositions, Clark Hill, along with their co-defense counsel, obtained a complete dismissal of all claims against all Defendants.  In this case before United States District Judge Mark Goldsmith, the Plaintiff, on behalf of her minor son, alleged numerous federal and state causes of action arising from alleged misconduct by the minor’s teacher and paraprofessional, and the alleged failure on the part of the related services personnel, administration and the School District to report the alleged misconduct.  Clark Hill represented the paraprofessional, who denied any misconduct.  In a 40-page opinion, Judge Goldsmith thoroughly analyzed the law related to the federal claims and applied that law to the factual record presented through, among other things, dozens of transcripts, the reports of Plaintiff’s purported experts, and the Plaintiff’s developmental record at the school.  In dismissing the federal claims with prejudice, Judge Goldsmith agreed with all of the legal arguments presented by Clark Hill and its co-defense counsel.  Having determined that the Plaintiff’s federal claims lack merit, the Court found that the case no longer retained a federal character and, therefore, dismissed the state law claims without prejudice.  The defense team stands prepared to defend against the state law claims, should the Plaintiff choose to refile in state court.

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Ruga to Co-Present “The New Era of Tenure”Clark Hill PLC Attorney Mark W. McInerney Appointed Chair of United States Courts Committee of State Bar of MichiganClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Speak at the Michigan Negotiators Associations’ 2011 Labor Relations Academy WorkshopClark Hill Attorney John L. Gierak to Present at the Michigan Association of School Board’s 23rd Annual Spring Law ConferenceClark Hill Attorney Joe Urban to Speak at the Michigan Association of School Board’s Annual ConferenceClark Hill Attorneys James M. Crowley and Joseph B. Urban to Present on Emergency Manager Training in LansingClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Speak at the National School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys' 2011 School Law SeminarClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present as Keynote Speaker During the 42nd North American Association of Educational Negotiators ConferenceClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. 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Ruga Presents on MERC’s Panel of Act 312 Arbitrators and Fact FindersClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present at NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys’ “2010 School Law Seminar”Clark Hill Attorney Joe Urban leads series on “Charter School Governance and Management – Leading in an Era of Uncertainty”Clark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Speak at the 41st Annual NAEN ConferenceClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga Presents “Impasse: The Road to Implementation”Clark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present “Staffing Schools During Time of Declining Revenue and Enrollment”Clark Hill Attorney Joseph B. Urban to Moderate Three Panels at Annual Conference for Michigan Association for Public School AcademiesClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present During Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators’ Annual MeetingClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present During Michigan School Public Relations Association’s Annual ConferenceClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga Presents at Michigan Negotiators Association's Annual ConferenceClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Speak at MASB Conference in LansingClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present on the Topic of Michigan Teacher Tenure ActClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present at Michigan Negotiators Association’s 2009 Labor Relations AcademyMichigan Negotiators Association’s 2009 Mini Conference to Feature Clark Hill Attorney Barbara A. RugaClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present “Investigating Alleged Misconduct” at MASPA’s 36th Annual ConferenceClark Hill Attorney Joseph B. Urban to Present “The Michigan Open Meetings Act – Compliance and Best Practices”Clark Hill Attorney Joseph B. Urban to Speak to Michigan Association of School AdministratorsClark Hill Attorneys Robert Lusk and Barbara Ruga to Present Clark Hill InstituteClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Speak at Michigan Negotiators Association’s 2008 MNA AcademyClark Hill Attorneys to Present at Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO) 70th Annual ConferenceClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Speak at Michigan Association of School Boards’ Urban ConferenceMichigan Negotiators Association’s 2008 Mini Conference to Feature Barbara A. RugaBarbara A. Ruga to Speak at MASPA ConferenceClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga Honored with the Michigan Negotiators Association’s Harlow Claggett AwardClark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present at Michigan Negotiators Association Fall Conference
Articles
Joseph B. Urban Quoted in The Detroit News: Detroit Education Cases May Reverberate Across U.S., December 2016Joseph B. Urban Quoted in The Detroit News: Literacy Lawsuit Draws Questions, Call for Investment, October 2016Joseph B. Urban Quoted in Debtwire: Detroit Public Schools to Close on State Aid Note Refinancing as Technical Default Looms, September 2016Joseph B. Urban Quoted in Debtwire: Benton Harbor Charter School Academy Dealt A Blow Amid Statewide Educational Uncertainty, September 2016Mark W. McInerney Quoted in Legal News Line: Michigan Ruling Over Unprofessional Conduct A Plus For School Districts, August 2016Joseph B. Urban Quoted in Debtwire: Allen Academy Shuts Down as Michigan Legislation Could Tighten Controls on Charters, July 2016Jeremy S. Motz Quoted in Hometown Life - Outsourcing Opponent: ‘Stop Farming Out Farmington’, April 2016Jeremy S. Motz Quoted in C&G News - FPS Board Looks to Privatize Transportation, Custodial Services, February 2016Jeremy S. Motz Quoted in Hometown Life - Farmington to Seek Bids for Outsourced Busing, More, January 2016Reginald M. Turner Quoted in The Guardian: Detroit Teachers' Sickout Shuts Down Schools as Officials Scramble for RecourseJeremy S. Motz in Inside Towers - School Board Approves $900,000 Deal, October 2015Jeremy S. Motz Quoted in Hometown Life - School Board OKs Cell Tower Agreement for $900,000 cash, September 2015Reginald M. Turner Quoted in The Detroit News: Detroit's Future Tied to Schools, November 2014Reginald M. Turner Quoted in The Detroit News: Detroit Rises: Let's Find Common Ground on Education, November 2014Education Law Alert - Michigan Prohibits Access to Social Media...
Presentations
Emerging Issues in Student Discipline by Mark McInerneyWEBINAR: Title IX: Hot TopicsJanuary 21, 2017 Clark Hill & Plante Moran School Law & Finance Seminar PresentationWEBINAR: Restorative Justice: Reshaping School Discipline2016 Clark Hill & Plante Moran School Law & Finance Seminar Presentation on January 9, 2016Title IX: Meeting the Obligation to Respond to Sexual ViolenceClarifying Widespread Misunderstandings About Construction Laws and Procedures - MSBO ConferenceHot Topics in School Law - MSBO ConferenceNavigating the Minefield: Understanding the Conflict of Interest Laws - MSBO ConferenceFundamentals of Purchasing Policies and Procedures - MSBO ConferenceMNA Spring Conference: We CAN Learn From Our Past and Impact Our FutureMASA/MCSA Current School Safety Issues by Mark McInerneyMASA/MCSA Shared-Time Agreements by Marshall Grate
Media
Joseph B. Urban Speaks with Karen Dumas on 910 AM Radio About Residential Schools Joseph B. Urban Participates in CBS Public Affairs Radio Panel on Residential Schools Programs in Detroit - Part 2Joseph B. Urban Participates in CBS Public Affairs Radio Panel on Residential Schools Programs in Detroit - Part 1Channel 4 Flashpoint: Reginald M. Turner Interviewed on the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan
Newsletter Alerts
Every Student Succeeds Act Prohibits "Passing the Trash"New Laws Add Significant Student Record-Keeping Requirements Department of Education and Department of Justice Withdraw Title IX Transgender Student Federal GuidanceSee More
News
Clark Hill Attorney Joseph B. Urban Selected to Chair Committee Drafting Detroit Public Schools Community District Financial Transition Report Clark Hill Attorneys Marshall W. Grate and Kara T. Rozin to Present "Emerging Issues Under PA 349, Financial Cost of Absenteeism and FLMA Update" Clark Hill Attorney Kara Rozin to Present "HR Issues: Top 10 Things Across Our Desk" During MASPA Support Staff ConferenceSee More
Articles
Joseph B. Urban Quoted in The Detroit News: Detroit Education Cases May Reverberate Across U.S., December 2016Joseph B. Urban Quoted in The Detroit News: Literacy Lawsuit Draws Questions, Call for Investment, October 2016Joseph B. Urban Quoted in Debtwire: Detroit Public Schools to Close on State Aid Note Refinancing as Technical Default Looms, September 2016See More
Presentations
Emerging Issues in Student Discipline by Mark McInerneyWEBINAR: Title IX: Hot TopicsJanuary 21, 2017 Clark Hill & Plante Moran School Law & Finance Seminar PresentationSee More
Media
Joseph B. Urban Speaks with Karen Dumas on 910 AM Radio About Residential Schools Joseph B. Urban Participates in CBS Public Affairs Radio Panel on Residential Schools Programs in Detroit - Part 2Joseph B. Urban Participates in CBS Public Affairs Radio Panel on Residential Schools Programs in Detroit - Part 1See More