Education Law Section
It is highly likely that if your practice involves representation of parents or children you have come across legal issues that fall under the umbrella of Education Law. If you have not, you certainly will. Which is why you should have a familiarity with or working knowledge of Education Law.
One of our goals in 2013-14 has been to act as a forum to discuss issues that have come up in current cases members are handling, to brainstorm through challenges we all face representing parents with school aged children in public school, to share information about the experts we use, and to discuss trends in various schools and counties. More and more parents are confronted with the challenges of cyber-bullies and social media's legal issues in the student-school safety "good order" pipeline. These matters as well as Maryland's newly released discipline regulations are hot issues we tackle.
With Spring on the horizon, it is now the time of year when parents require legal counsel whether they are looking to change their child's school placement, present requests for services to the school system with the goal of securing accommodations they believe their child needs/deserves to be successful in school, change of home school, or the rush to conduct the end of year IEP annual review. The season also results in its annual crop of restless teens who have engaged in conduct resulting in school disciplinary violations.
If any of these issues have come up in your cases regarding custody, guardianship, criminal charges, estate planning, or anywhere else, you owe it to yourself and your clients to come to our meetings to familiarize yourself with Education Law related matters so you can issue spot, share your experiences, or learn from others. Our section meets on the second Friday of the month at 12:15 p.m. in the large Bar Association conference room. You are invited to join us for pizza, presentations and practice pointers. We look forward to seeing you.