Clark Hill Attorneys Dana L. Abrahams, James M. Crowley and Eric C. Griggs Author Articles in the Michigan Council of School Attorney’s Spring Newsletter

Mar 24, 2014

MI – Clark Hill attorneys Dana L. Abrahams, James M. Crowley and Eric C. Griggs authored articles published in the Michigan Council of School Attorney’s (MCSA) Spring Newsletter. Topics published include “Financial Challenges Faced by Distressed School Districts,” “Michigan’s New Concussion Laws,” “Guns in Schools,” and “Update: FICA Taxes on 3% Retiree Healthcare Contributions”. MCSA strives to provide its membership with the most cutting-edge school law topics.

The Spring Newsletter may be found here .

Abrahams is a member of the Education and Municipal Law Practice Group in Clark Hill’s Birmingham office, and concentrates her practice in the areas of education law, real estate law, construction law, technology law and assisting clients in a wide variety of transactional matters.

Abrahams has extensive experience representing Michigan school district clients in all aspects of public school law as well as compliance with the Revised School Code, the Freedom of Information Act, the Open Meetings Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and other laws governing public bodies. She represents public school districts, as well as private-sector individuals and entities, in the appraisal, sale, acquisition and lease of real property. In addition, she is experienced in all phases of contracting and other transactional matters, with particular focus on the construction industry.

Crowley is a member of the Education and Municipal Law Practice Group in Clark Hill’s Birmingham office, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal finance law, school and municipal law, tax-exempt organizations, employee benefits law, and tax law.

Crowley has extensive experience in municipal and school finance. He regularly serves as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, and disclosure counsel for school districts, public charter school academies, and various municipalities. In these capacities he has served as counsel relating to tax-exempt and taxable financings, fixed and variable rate financings, general obligation and revenue financings, unlimited and limited tax financings, and conduit financings.

Griggs is an associate in Clark Hill’s Education and Municipal Practice Group in the firm’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He focuses his practice in the areas of education law and labor and employment. Griggs represents public school officials at the bargaining table during contract negotiations with school labor unions and advises school board members and school administrators on matters involving: the Revised School Code, the Open Meetings Act, the Public Employment Relations Act, the Teachers’ Tenure Act, and other laws impacting Michigan’s public schools.