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Clark Hill Attorney Joseph B. Urban to Present During the Michigan Association of Public School Academies’ (MAPSA) Charter Start Program

February 24, 2012


– Clark Hill attorney Joseph B. Urban will present an intensive session on Board Governance for prospective charter school board members and founding teams as part of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies’ (MAPSA) Charter Start program. Since the removal of the “cap” on charter schools in Michigan, there has been a focus on quality programs and education of prospective charter school boards. Urban is a recognized expert in this area and will provide participants with the tools they need to form effective boards for the governance of high quality schools. The interactive program, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 25, hosted by MAPSA, will focus participants on the fundamentals of incorporating the founding team, board-administration relations, transparency, ethics in governance and the rules governing federal grant administration.

Urban is a member in Clark Hill’s Birmingham office, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal finance, education law, and real estate law.

Urban routinely represents school employers in the areas of collective bargaining, grievances and arbitration, unfair labor practices, wrongful discharge and the day-to-day matters arising in personnel administration.

With respect to education law, Urban regularly counsels school districts and public school academies in the operational issues involved in administering educational organizations, including compliance with the Revised School Code, the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and other laws governing public bodies.

Urban has represented Michigan school district and municipal clients, as well as private entities providing financing to these organizations for over a decade. He has extensive experience in municipal and school finance, regularly serving as bond and underwriter’s counsel for school districts, public school academies, and other governmental units as well as counseling them in the acquisition and disposition of real property and the design and implementation of deficit elimination plans.

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