School Law

NJ Education Attorney

New Jersey’s Leading School Law Practitioners

In today’s age, schools face constant scrutiny. Administrators need dependable legal counsel well-versed in the medley of legal issues that schools face on a daily basis.

We represent school districts in New Jersey as general counsel as well as on a project basis. We craft innovative, cost-effective solutions that take into account the many constituencies that school boards serve—students, parents, teachers, district employees, taxpayers, and event attendees.

Student Issues

Solving student issues requires being proactive. Our approach centers on prevention, effective problem solving, strategy, educating personnel, and policy development. We advise school boards and administrators at every stage of a potential dispute as well as in court. We work with school districts to craft solutions for every student issue they might encounter, including:

  • Curriculum Issues
  • Harassment Claims
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Investigations of Alleged Wrong-Doing
  • Social Media Policies and Issues
  • Student Discipline Issues
  • Suspension & Expulsion Protocols
  • Free Speech, Religion & Constitutional Claims
  • School Safety & Violence Protection
  • Data Privacy & Information Requests
  • Drug & Alcohol Issues
  • Parental Rights Issues
  • Residency Issues
  • Handbook Creation
  • Policy Creation & Implementation

Employment Law and Discrimination

How you address a teacher or employee claim can make all the difference. We combine an unmatched knowledge of New Jersey employment law, informed by experience, to address human resource issues particular to schools. We empower school districts by helping them comply with local, state and federal regulations. All the while, we stand ready to defend your district’s interests with a specialized litigation experience. Our attorneys help administrators address employment law and discrimination issues, including:

  • Employee Discipline
  • Employee Discharge
  • Teacher Tenure Issues
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Sexual Harassment Claims
  • Social Media Issues
  • Civil Rights Claims
  • First Amendment Issues
  • Due Process and Equal Protection Issues
  • Family and Medical Leave Act Issues
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Issues
  • Worker’s Compensation Issues
  • Employee Policy and Procedure Enforcement
  • EEOC Claims
  • PERC Claims

School Board Matters

Heavy regulation calls for vigilant, informed counsel. Our seasoned attorneys keep school districts and administrators continually informed and ahead of the latest state and federal regulations. We provide counsel on school matters that include:

  • Board Policies and Procedures
  • Open Meeting Law
  • School Board Election Issues
  • Data Privacy Issues
  • Competitive Bidding Laws
  • Student Issues
  • Teacher Issues
  • School Employee Issues
  • Media Relations
  • Contract Negotiation & Business Transactions
  • Individual Board Member Liability
  • Risk Management & Insurance Issues
  • Board Communications to the Public
  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining

School boards must meet the needs of their employed personnel. Our attorneys represent school districts in all phases of negotiations and disputes involving teacher and employee labor disputes. We help organizations reach effective solutions with their personnel. Our Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining experience includes:

  • Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Contract Interpretation & Enforcement
  • Grievance Proceedings & Arbitration
  • Interest Arbitration
  • Addressing Unfair Labor Practice Allegations
  • Bureau of Mediation Services Matters
  • Labor-related Litigation

Special Education Issues

Schools must address the particular needs of students facing learning challenges and unique disabilities. Our attorneys guide schools and administrators through the path of compliance and preventative measures for avoiding litigation. Our school law expertise enables us to resolve conflicts with both care and efficiency. Our experience with special education issues includes:

  • Due Process Hearings
  • State & Federal Court Proceedings
  • State & Federal Complaint Procedures
  • Section 504 Issues
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Special Education Litigation

Construction & Real Estate

Schools are faced with unique real estate challenges. Our firm invokes an extensive specialty in Real Estate Transactions, Litigation, and Land Use Law to provide school districts with solutions for every legal issue involving real estate. Whether you are seeking approval for a new addition to your educational facility, looking to break ground on a new structure, or negotiating the terms of a new lease, our attorneys can help. Our school-specific real estate law expertise includes:

  • Land Acquisition & Development
  • Condemnation & Eminent Domain Issues
  • Bidding (Solicitation & Awarding of Bids)
  • Construction Contract Negotiation
  • Project Financing
  • Property Leasing
  • Joint Powers Agreements
  • Environmental Compliance Issues
  • Title Disputes
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

At Stein, Supsie & Tedeschi , we are equipped to handle every School Law challenge you might face. We serve school districts and administrators throughout New Jersey. Schedule your legal consultation today.