Education Law

Education Law

The attorneys at Roberts & Stevens know the importance of a great education. Therefore we are dedicated to serving the multifaceted legal needs of both public and private educational institutions. By practicing all aspects of Education Law, we represent many types of educational operations, including: public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, and public and private K-12 schools in Western North Carolina. We understand federal and state laws and regulations that govern this wide range of educational institutions. We advise and assist with policy development, disability law, human relations, student rights and student discipline, residency and admission issues, board of education powers and duties, open meeting laws, public records requests, school budget and finance matters, and teacher nonrenewal and tenure issues. Our education lawyers work with other lawyers within the Firm to provide expertise in specialized legal areas such as tax, employment, intellectual property and litigation. Together we devise practical and flexible solutions for the increasingly complex landscape of education law.

Types of Services

  • Constitutional issues affecting public institutions
  • Defending contractual, personal injury and other claims made against educational institutions
  • Discrimination, harassment, bullying claims, investigations
  • Drafting and revising policy manuals and student and staff handbooks
  • Ethical duties of board members and public employees
  • Faculty tenure and contract renewal/non-renewal issues
  • Family and medical leave act and other leaves of absence
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • FOIA and public records requests
  • Legislative and lobbying issues
  • Liability of school districts and public officials
  • Open meetings law and public participation
  • Overtime, flex plans and wages under Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Personnel grievances, suspensions and termination proceedings
  • Public financing
  • Special education law and disabilities law consultation and representation
  • Student discipline issues
  • Title VI and Title IX issues and other federal statutory or regulatory requirements

Types of clients

  • Community Colleges
  • Private Colleges
  • Private Schools K-12
  • Public Schools K-12
  • Public Universities
  • School Boards, Superintendents and Administrators
  • School Board Foundations