Education Law

A leading player in the field of education law and municipal labor relations in the state of Connecticut, Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C., has more than 30 years of experience representing the interests of public, private and charter schools throughout the state.

If your school board needs the services of an experienced Connecticut education law attorney at affordable rates, contact Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C. Our education lawyers are members of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) and the National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys (COSA).

Our vast experience in labor law and education law, including both special education and regular education areas, makes us well-suited to respond to the legal needs of boards of education.

Our attorneys provide the full range of legal services required today by boards of education, including:

  • Regular updates on statutory changes and other legal developments
  • Reviews and revisions of board policies and student handbooks
  • Workshops and CEU seminars for staff
  • Student discipline matters
  • Special education
  • Labor and employment law matters
  • Transportation, residency and teacher termination hearings
  • First Amendment issues
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Research assistance
  • General legal advice
  • Disability accommodations
  • Public education law
  • Section 504 and ADA claims
  • Litigation

We take a strongly proactive approach to education matters, helping clients prevent crises and minimize expense by troubleshooting, training staff and continually updating decision-makers on changes in the law and trends in the education community.

We take a practical view to dispute resolution by clearly describing the law and offering our best legal opinion on what you can expect, both favorable and unfavorable. We outline your legal options and provide a cost-benefit analysis of each choice. When disputes enter the administrative process and/or the courts, we provide representation that is zealous, aggressive, creative and highly professional.

In cases of labor and employment law, we handle prohibited practice charges, grievance and interest arbitrations, CHRO, teacher and noncertified personnel disciplinary matters and terminations, as well as state and federal court discrimination claims. We routinely serve as chief negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations for both certified and noncertified bargaining units.

We have successfully represented boards of education in hundreds of special education due process proceedings. We have a long and successful track record of defending appeals of due process decisions, primarily in federal court. We also represent boards in all student-related issues, including discipline. To discuss your specific needs for legal representation with an accomplished Connecticut education law attorney, contact Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C.

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