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COSA membership allows you to post your open positions to our national job posting site. To feature your school law job, submit your posting to COSA_registration@nsba.org.

National/Regional Job Openings: 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is hiring to fill various Attorney vacancies on an open and continuous basis. OCR is currently requesting resumes to fill General Attorney positions (GS-0905-11/12).

  • Position is remote, however, OCR has regional offices in the following locations: Boston, MA; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Kansas City, MO; Denver, CO; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA, and Washington, DC.
  • Multiple positions are available.
  • Current vacancies are open through May 2023.
  • Applicants must have a professional law degree and have been admitted to the bar.

Visit https://www.usajobs.gov/job/706336500 for additional information in instructions on how to apply.

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Alabama

There are no current job openings for Alabama. Please check back soon or contact Jayne Harrell Williams at the Alabama Association of School Boards.

 

Alaska

There are no current job openings for Alaska. Please check back soon.

 

Arizona

Experienced Attorney| Mesa, Arizona | Application Deadline: April 4, 2022

Udall Shumway PLC, a well-established Mesa, Arizona law firm with a preeminent education law division, seeks an attorney to join our collegial and fast-paced education/public employment law group.  The firm represents public school districts, community colleges and charter schools across the state.

The firm offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, a structured bonus program, profit sharing and 401K, excellent work-life balance, and a full range of benefits including but not limited to health, dental, life insurance, short term disability, and long-term disability.

Minimum Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member of the Arizona State Bar in good standing or the ability to gain reciprocal admission within 30 days of employment offer.
  • At least 6 years of experience as an attorney representing public educational and/or governmental entities.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task for school clients and commitment to excellent client service and work-product.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, research ability, analytical skills, and a strong client-focused attitude.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with education-related litigation, including litigation involving students with disabilities, civil and constitutional rights, and charter schools is welcome but not required.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and contributions to their community.

Apply:

Please submit cover letter/resume/writing sample and references to Katie Bryant at kjb@udallshumway.com.

  

Arkansas

There are no current job openings for Arkansas. Please check back soon or contact Kathy Ivy at the Arkansas School Boards Association.

California

Assistant General Counsel

School & College Legal Services of California has an immediate opening in Santa Rosa, CA for a school law attorney with experience providing legal services for TK-12 and/or community college districts. SCLS is a joint powers of authority public education law firm with a competitive salary schedule, flexible billable hour requirements, a collaborative work environment, and generous paid time off (vacation, holidays, and other leaves). Our employees are eligible for retirement through PERS.  Learn more here.

Colorado 

 

Chief Legal Counsel and General Counsel  |  Denver, CO  | Application Deadline: Until Filled 

Description

The Chief Legal Counsel and General Counsel will:

• Serve as general counsel to CASB and advise CASB staff and the CASB Board of  Directors on legal issues.
• Lead CASB’s member legal resources and policy teams.
• Serve as a resource for CASB-member school boards seeking general legal information and policy information.
• Research and develop resources to keep CASB members apprised of current legal issues and policies affecting Colorado school districts.
• Provide legal support to CASB’s advocacy and policy teams.
• Monitor, review, and comment on rules pending before the State Board of Education and other state agencies that pertain to schools.
• Serve on committees and working groups with the Colorado Department of Education and other state agencies and organizations that pertain to schools.
• Monitor state and federal cases and decisions that pertain to schools.
• Develop and deliver presentations that provide general legal information to school board members and other school district personnel at district locations and CASB events.

Required Qualifications
• Juris Doctor degree and licensed to practice law in Colorado.
• Experience in education law in Colorado and nationwide.
• Experience with school board policy research and/or development.
• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including public speaking.
• Ability to analyze legal issues and trends within Colorado and nationwide and to forecast their impact on public education.
• A genuine desire to work with people to improve public education.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively interface with publicly-elected boards of education, the education community, political figures, and the public.

Preferred Qualifications
• Knowledge of statutory and regulatory compliance requirements impacting education within Colorado and nationwide.
• Experience representing school districts, nonprofit education organizations, or other public education entities.
• Experience with the legislative process and working with educational advocates / lobbyists.
• Understanding of member school boards’ needs and an association's role in meeting those needs.
• Experience serving as a senior leader within an organization.
• Ability to contribute to and champion strategic change.
• Experience supervising and managing staff.
• Experience managing multiple concurrent projects and responsibilities.

Industry: Education

Benefits

Sick leave, vacation leave, Public Employees Retirement Association membership, a group disability policy, and employee life insurance policy. Additional optional benefits include a 401k plan, health insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance. 

Salary

CASB will offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, within the 
range of $100,000 - $120,000.

To Apply
Anticipated start date: To be negotiated.
Please send a resume, a cover letter, an email with salary requirements, and references to 
Brittany Crossman at bcrossman@casb.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Attorney  |  Boulder, CO  | Application Deadline: Until Filled


Description

Caplan and Earnest’s school law team seeks an attorney with at least two years of litigation experience to represent our school clients in a variety of contested matters, such as agency investigations, administrative hearings, state and federal court proceedings, and charter school appeals.  This position requires exceptional writing and oral advocacy skills and a commitment to serving public education and educational institutions. Experience with education-related litigation, including litigation involving students with disabilities, civil and constitutional rights, and charter schools is welcome but not required.

Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Geralyn Casper at gcasper@celaw.com. For more about our firm, visit our website at www.celaw.com.  

 

Attorney  |  Denver, CO  | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

Semple, Farrington, Everall, & Case, P.C., a well-established law firm in downtown Denver specializing in complex school/labor & employment/government entity defense, seeks an exceptional attorney with 5+ years of meaningful civil litigation experience and excellent writing skills. Experience relevant to our specialty areas preferred and ability to act as lead counsel (e.g., party depositions, 1st chair in evidentiary hearings, final reviewer of court submissions) required. Competitive salary and benefits; and remote arrangements considered.

Apply

To apply, submit cover letter/resume/references to Brent Case at bcase@semplelaw.com

 

Associate Attorney | Longmont, CO | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Longmont, Colorado office of Lyons Gaddis has an opening for an experienced school district and public sector attorney, with an emphasis on Special Education.

Lyons Gaddis has served the needs of Colorado clients for over 45 years. We have a team-oriented culture with an unrelenting commitment to be the best at what we do. If you are interested in joining our team and your background aligns with our needs for this position, please reply with a letter of introduction, as well as a resume and a writing sample to careers@lyonsgaddis.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Requirements

  • Five years of experience in handling special education matters, as well as representing school districts and other public sector organizations.
  • Passion for providing exceptional client service.
  • Live in Northern Colorado or be willing to relocate.

Apply

Send a letter of introduction, as well as a resume and a writing sample to careers@lyonsgaddis.com. For more information, visit lyonsgaddis.com/news-and-community/careers.

 

Connecticut

Education Law Associate | Milford & Westport, CT | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Berchem Moses, P.C., a mid-sized Connecticut law firm, seeks an education law associate. Strong academic background and excellent research, writing and organizational skills required. Salary DOE.

Apply
Please forward resume, in confidence, with salary requirements to:

Firm Administrator
Berchem Moses, P.C.
75 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460
jkrouzil@berchemmoses.com

Delaware

There are no current job openings for Delaware. Please check back soon or contact John Marinucci at the Delaware School Boards Association.

 

Florida

There are no current job openings for Florida. Please check back soon.

Georgia

There are no current job openings for Georgia. Please check back soon or contact Kari Lewallen at the Georgia School Boards Association.

Hawaii

There are no current job openings for Hawaii. Please check back soon.

 

Idaho

There are no current job openings for Idaho. Please check back soon.

 

Illinois

 

Associate Attorney--Minimum Three Years of Experience | Chicago | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Hodges Loizzi Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn LLP is a highly respected Illinois law firm located in the Chicago metropolitan area specializing in the representation of Illinois school districts, park districts, and other government entities. The Firm has three offices throughout the State of Illinois and currently represents over 175 Illinois school districts. With approximately 28 lawyers and 10+ administrative staff, we are a "people-first" Firm, invested in innovation and dedicated to our clients, attorneys, and staff.

We currently seek one Associate Attorney with a minimum of 3 years of experience to join our thriving employment and labor law practice. Collective bargaining experience strongly preferred. Candidates that have demonstrated leadership experience, excellence in academics, and contributions to their communities are highly valued. Candidates must be self-motivated, independent, ethical, and committed to the practice of representing school districts in matters involving students. While the firm is based in Itasca, we represent clients throughout the Chicagoland area and the rest of Illinois, therefore, some travel may be required. Future partnership possibilities exist for those capable of excelling. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated, organized, and successful lawyer who is looking for the chance to advance their career.

This position offers a highly competitive salary, bonus structure, annual 1750 billable hours requirement, profit sharing/retirement account, health and dental insurance, reimbursement for job related fees, gym membership, maternity leave, parental leave, and an annual stipend for Continuing Legal Education training and bar membership fees. Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruiting@hlerk.com. No phone calls please. As an EEO/AA employer, Hodges Loizzi Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn LLP will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.

Associate Attorney -- Zero to Two Years of Experience | Chicago | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Hodges Loizzi Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn LLP is a highly respected Illinois law firm in the Chicago metropolitan area specializing in the representation of Illinois school districts, park districts, and other government entities. The Firm has three offices throughout the State of Illinois, and currently represents over 175 Illinois school districts. With approximately 28 lawyers and 10+ administrative staff, we are a "people-first" Firm, invested in innovation and dedicated to our clients, attorneys, and staff.

We currently seek an associate attorney, with zero to two years of experience, to join our thriving practice. Recent law school graduates are encouraged to apply. Experience with school and educational law preferred, but not required.

The firm is based in Itasca but represents clients throughout Illinois, therefore, some travel may be required. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated, organized, and up and coming lawyer who is looking for the chance to advance their career.

Candidates with demonstrated leadership experience, excellence in academics, and/or contributions to their communities are highly valued. We seek a self-motivated, independent, and ethical individual who is committed to the practice of representing school districts.

This position offers a highly competitive salary, bonus structure, annual 1750 billable hours requirement, profit sharing/retirement account, health and dental insurance, reimbursement for job related fees, gym membership, maternity leave, parental leave, and an annual stipend for Continuing Legal Education training and bar membership fees. Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruiting@hlerk.com. No phone calls please.

As an EEO/AA employer, Hodges Loizzi Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn LLP will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.

 

Chief Legal Officer | Illinois State Board of Education | Springfield or Chicago | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Reporting to the State Superintendent of Education, serves as the General Counsel; responsible for directing agency legal operations and the Agency legal staff. Oversees Educator Misconduct Department. Provides legal advice to Board and agency staff concerning operation of the State Board in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies. This position has a direct link to the State Board of Education.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Supervises and directs the activities of legal staff in the Agency to meet the expectations as defined in the general statement, including assigning and reviewing work product, and conducting staff evaluations.

  • Establishes annual goals and objectives.
  • Oversees legal department trainings.
  • Drafts attorney work product and provides legal counsel to the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent and agency staff.
  • Produces and delivers attorney-client communication.
  • Drafts attorney work product and provides legal counsel to Regional Offices of Education.
  • Coordinates all litigation involving the State Board of Education with the Office of Attorney General.
  • Liaising with any outside counsel representing the Agency in contested hearings or litigation.
  • Supervises the administration of the bargaining agreements between the State Board of Education and the Agency employee unions.
  • Oversees any labor and employment disputes concerning agency operations.
  • Supports the work of the Internal Auditor and Legislative Affairs for the Agency.
  • Performs all other responsibilities assigned by the Board of Education or State Superintendent.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Juris Doctor degree. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative experience.
  • Extensive experience with school law and labor issues.
  • Knowledge of internal operations of a state agency.
  • Thorough knowledge of educational law and ability to effectively lead and direct others.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding advocacy and soft skills/people skills.

Visit this link for more information and application instructions.

General Counsel | Illinois Association of School Boards Lombard, Illinois | Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) is seeking applicants for a full-time General Counsel for the Association. This position reports to the IASB Executive Director and will be headquartered in IASB’s Lombard office. 

Position Summary:
The IASB General Counsel supervises the Office of General Counsel department and oversees the Lombard office. It provides legal services and representation to the Association and produces legally compliant policy material and course curricula for school boards. It also furnishes legal information to members.  

Education and or Experience Requirements:
The General Counsel position requires a Juris Doctor degree and ten years of legal experience, preferably in school and/or association law. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. 

This position requires the employee to be able to lift, move, and safely handle boxes and materials up to 25 pounds; repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers; and to be able to see, hear, and speak as necessary to perform the functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the position. 

IASB staff are committed to a workplace that honors and promotes a safe, diverse, and inclusive environment; respectfully recognizes individual expertise, contributions, and fosters growth; and has open and deliberate collaboration and communication across all departments and offices. 

Position offers an excellent salary along with a generous benefits package.

Application Information Here

 

Associate Attorney | Edwardsville, Illinois | Application Deadline: Until Filled


Tueth Keeney, an established mid-size and growing law firm with offices in Clayton, MO and Edwardsville, IL, is seeking two associate level attorneys for its education and litigation practices. 

Our firm is consistently listed as a “Best Law Firm” in The Best Lawyers in America.  We pride ourselves on being the best at what we do, client-centered, innovative, collaborative, and grounded.  We strive for continued excellence and promote the professional growth of all our attorneys. 

The ideal candidates will have exceptional research and writing skills, oral advocacy skills, litigation experience, as well as strong interpersonal skills and an interest in client counseling. Interest and experience in education law, employment law, and public sector law are preferred.  Attention to detail, and a client-focused attitude are required. These positions are full-time.

The ideal candidates will be licensed in both Illinois and Missouri; the firm will consider candidates licensed in either Illinois or Missouri so long as the candidate is willing/able to seek licensure in whichever state the candidate is not currently licensed.

Competitive salary based on years of experience, bonus program and full benefits will be offered. The firm offers hybrid working arrangements for attorneys, with both in-office and remote work options available.

Submit the following required items to Terri Cole at tcole@tuethkeeney.com: cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript. 

 

Experienced Associate Attorney: Labor & Personnel Practice Group | Itasca | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Hodges Loizzi Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn LLP is a highly respected Illinois law firm located in the Chicago metropolitan area specializing in the representation of Illinois school districts, park districts, and other government entities. The Firm has three offices throughout the State of Illinois and currently represents over 175 Illinois school districts. With approximately 28 lawyers and 10+ administrative staff, we are a "people-first" Firm, invested in innovation and dedicated to our clients, attorneys, and staff.

We currently seek one Associate Attorney with a minimum of 3 years of experience to join our thriving employment and labor law practice. Collective bargaining experience strongly preferred. Candidates that have demonstrated leadership experience, excellence in academics, and contributions to their communities are highly valued. Candidates must be self-motivated, independent, ethical, and committed to the practice of representing school districts in matters involving students.

While the firm is based in Itasca, we represent clients throughout the Chicagoland area and the rest of Illinois, therefore, some travel may be required. Future partnership possibilities exist for those capable of excelling. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated, organized, and successful lawyer who is looking for the chance to advance their career.

This position offers a highly competitive salary, bonus structure, profit sharing/retirement account, health and dental insurance, reimbursement for job related fees, gym membership, and annual stipend for Continuing Legal Education training and bar membership fees. Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruiting@hlerk.com. No phone calls please.

Associate Attorney | Itasca | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Hodges Loizzi Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn LLP is a highly respected Illinois law firm in the Chicago metropolitan area specializing in the representation of Illinois school districts, park districts, and other government entities. The Firm has three offices throughout the State of Illinois, and currently represents over 175 Illinois school districts. With approximately 28 lawyers and 10+ administrative staff, we are a "people-first" Firm, invested in innovation and dedicated to our clients, attorneys, and staff.

We currently seek one associate attorney, with zero to two years of experience, to join our thriving practice. Recent law school graduates are encouraged to apply. Experience with school and educational law preferred, but not required.

The firm is based in Itasca but represents clients throughout Illinois, therefore, some travel may be required. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated, organized, and up and coming lawyer who is looking for the chance to advance their career.

Candidates with demonstrated leadership experience, excellence in academics, and/or contributions to their communities are highly valued. We seek a self-motivated, independent, and ethical individual who is committed to the practice of representing school districts. The position offers a highly competitive salary, bonus structure, profit sharing/retirement account, health and dental insurance, reimbursement for job related fees, gym membership, and annual stipend for Continuing Legal Education training and bar membership fees. Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruiting@hlerk.com. No phone calls please.

School Law Associate - Business Practices | Chicago | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

This leading Chicagoland school law firm seeks a talented and highly motivated Associate with 3-7 years of experience to immediately join its Chicago Office and its excellent professional growth opportunities.

Experience in school law and related matters strongly preferred, particularly in the areas of school finance and property tax matters, contract procurement, transactional matters, local government, board governance, construction disputes/litigation, and school policy. Experience in related fields, including municipal law, public finance and government regulation accepted. Litigation and/or administrative hearing experience in pertinent fields preferred. Candidate must have strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to deliver excellent client service. Illinois license required.

Please submit your cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to Ellen McNulty at emcnulty@edlawyer.com. Please upload all required documents in the order listed in one .PDF document. Only candidates selected for an interview will receive a response.

Assistant Inspector General - Sexual Abuse and Harassment Investigations Unit | Chicago | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 350,000 students in 600+ schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Six core values are embedded within these commitments – student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership and continuous learning.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) serves as the investigative watchdog of CPS. The OIG is seeking to hire an assistant inspector general to provide legal counsel and support to the OIG’s Sexual Allegations Unit, which investigates cases involving sexual abuse or sexual harassment of CPS students.

Responsibilities

  • Write and edit investigative summary reports, which are sent to the Chicago Board of Education
  • Provide guidance on investigations of a sensitive and difficult nature involving the sexual abuse or harassment of CPS students
  • Advise on strategic and legal investigative matters, including investigative techniques, the strength of evidence obtained and issues pertaining to Title IX
  • Perform legal research and write and edit legal memoranda on issues related to investigations and issues pertaining to Title IX
  • Prepare subpoenas and other documents for administrative and criminal actions
  • Provide training on legal issues as requested by the Inspector General
  • Closely coordinate with CPS’s Law, Safety and Security, and Title IX Offices, other departments and external agencies to ensure student safety and facilitate the delivery of trauma and/or social-emotional services to students, families and staff
  • Perform additional ad hoc duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • JD from an ABA accredited law school supplemented by a minimum of two years of legal experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Admission to the Illinois Bar

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience investigating sexual misconduct, particularly child sexual abuse or sexual harassment, and performing field work, such as interviews of children and/or victims of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or trauma
  • Experience investigating sexual misconduct, particularly child sexual abuse or sexual harassment, and performing field work, such as interviews of children and/or victims of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or trauma
  • Knowledge of sexual assault or sexual harassment issues and the relationship of sexual assault or sexual harassment on victims

Apply
Learn more about the position and apply online.

Investigators — Sexual Abuse and Harassment Investigations Unit | Chicago | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 370,000 students in more than 600 schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission, we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Five core principles are embedded within these commitments – high quality, rigorous instruction, talented and empowered educators, safety and support, financial stability and collective impact.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) serves as the investigative watchdog of CPS. The OIG was recently given responsibility of all cases involving the sexual abuse or sexual harassment of CPS students and is forming a new team to investigate such cases. The OIG is seeking to hire eight investigators at multiple levels to staff this new Sexual Abuse and Harassment Investigations Unit. Under direction of the Inspector General and supervision of the Chief Investigator, Investigators will conduct investigations of a sensitive and difficult nature involving the sexual abuse or sexual harassment of CPS students.

Responsibilities

  • Interview complainants, witnesses, and employees to gather facts in order to investigate cases of alleged sexual abuse or sexual harassment of CPS students
  • Conduct site visits to collect documents and physical evidence and to perform analysis of documents and evidence collected
  • Prepare reports of investigation activities conducted
  • Testify in court, at arbitrations or hearings on investigation findings
  • Update and maintain case files and case management records in order to report on the status of assigned investigations
  • Collaborate with and assists other investigative staff to conduct criminal, large scale and complex investigations
  • Closely coordinate with CPS’s Law, Safety and Security, and Title IX Offices, other departments and external agencies to ensure student safety and facilitate the delivery of trauma and/or social-emotional services to students, families and staff
  • Perform additional ad hoc duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
All positions require:

  • A valid State of Illinois driver’s license
  • Flexible availability required during non-operating hours

Investigator II

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Investigator III

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of three years of work experience in the public or private sector conducting sexual misconduct investigations, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Aptitude and ability to handle cases of middle level complexity (e.g. multiple subjects and/or multiple allegations)

Investigator IV

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of five years of work experience in the public or private sector conducting sexual misconduct investigations, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Ability to function as lead investigator on large scale investigation cases, as required
  • Experience assisting in the training of entry level staff on standard and specialized investigative methods, procedures and techniques

Apply
Learn more about the position and apply online.

Experienced Associate Attorney: Labor and Personnel Practice Group | Arlington Heights, IL. | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description 
Prominent Illinois education law firm Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP with a thriving employment and labor law practice seeks 1 attorney with a minimum of 3 years of experience. The firm is based in Arlington Heights but handles cases throughout Illinois. As we have offices in Peoria and O’Fallon, some travel will be required. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated, organized, and successful lawyer who is looking for a chance to advance their career.

The position offers a very competitive salary, bonus structure, profit sharing/retirement account, health and dental insurance, reimbursement for job related fees, annual stipend for Continuing Legal Education training and bar membership fees.

Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience focusing on employment and labor law. Collective bargaining experience strongly preferred.
  • Candidates that have demonstrated leadership experience, excellence in academics, and contributions to their communities are highly valued.
  • Candidates must be self-motivated, independent, ethical, and committed to the practice of representing school districts in matters involving students.

Apply
Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruiting@hlerk.com and be sure to specify which opportunity you are responding to.

Education/Labor & Employment Attorney | Berwyn, IL | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Established law firm that concentrates in the representation of units of government, including elementary schools, high schools, and community colleges.

The firm is seeking an attorney with a high level of understanding and 2-5 years of experience in education law and/or labor & employment law. This position requires the attorney to provide legal services and counseling on various education and employment issues to municipalities and Boards of Education. The ideal candidate for employment should have experience in most of the following areas:

Requirements

The ideal candidate should have experience in most of the following areas:

  • Collective bargaining agreement negotiations, interpretations and grievances;
  • Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and National Labor Relations Board issues regarding unfair labor practices as well as unit certification issues;
  • Administrative litigation matters (i.e. IDHR, EEOC, etc.);
  • Tenured teacher and employee dismissal hearings and procedures;
  • Student disciplinary, records, residency, and special education issues;
  • Transactional work regarding vendor contract review and competitive bidding issues;
  • Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act compliance issues;
  • Policies review; and
  • Drafting, reviewing, and revising legal documents such as legal opinions and ordinances/resolutions.

Apply

The firm offers competitive salary and benefits, including healthcare and 401(k). If you are interested in working in a collaborative, collegial environment, please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to Sylvia Valdez at valdez@dlglawgroup.com.

Indiana

There are no current job openings for Indiana. Please check back soon or contact Lisa Tanselle at the Indiana School Boards Association.

 

Iowa

There are no current job openings for Iowa. Please check back soon or contact Marte Brightman at the Iowa Association of School Boards.

 

Kansas

There are no current job openings for Kansas. Please check back soon or contact Leslie Garner at the Kansas Association of School Boards.

 

Kentucky

There are no current job openings for Kentucky. Please check back soon or contact John Powell at the Kentucky School Boards Association. John can be reached at 502-783-0062 ext. 1112 or john.powell@ksba.org.

 

Louisiana

There are no current job openings for Louisiana. Please check back soon or contact Robert L. Hammonds at Hammonds & Sills.

 

Maine

Special Education Attorney| Manchester, NH | Deadline: Until Filled

Drummond Woodsum’s Manchester, NH office is looking for an experienced attorney to join our school law practice representing public school districts with a focus on special education. Our special education practice serves schools throughout the State of New Hampshire, but also works closely with our Maine special education practice. Our practice includes advising school clients on their special education duties and other student rights issues, as well as conflict resolution and litigation of special education disputes. Our school law team also regularly conducts lively presentations and trainings for our clients and school officials, both in person and via online platforms.

The ideal candidate for this position is an attorney with at least 3-5 years of legal experience and a desire to practice law using a team based approach. While experience in the world of special education is desirable, it is more important that the right candidate have excellent academic credentials, research, writing, and analytical skills, and be highly motivated to learn. We are looking for a candidate who has effective interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence, and who will be able to balance top-notch client advocacy with compassion and understanding. The right candidate will also be committed to conducting trainings for school leaders and members of the education community, advising school superintendents and special education directors, and handling litigation before administrative tribunals and courts.

At Drummond Woodsum, we have intentionally created a collegial firm culture that emphasizes devotion to serving our clients, collaboration, and mutual respect. We offer an environment where personal and professional growth are fostered through thoughtful mentorship and a respect for work-life balance. In addition to the firm being a tremendous place to work, we’re also fortunate to be based in northern New England, one of the most beautiful areas of the country. New Hampshire offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed in the nation, with easy access to the mountains, the ocean, and the countryside.

Drummond Woodsum offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including competitive medical and dental insurance, a generous profit sharing contribution, paid parental leave, contributions to your HSA, STD/LTD, and professional development. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our hiring practice, and encourage qualified candidates of all backgrounds to apply for the position. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Jess Garretson, HR Manager, at jgarretson@dwmlaw.com. All inquiries held in the strictest confidence. No phone calls, please.

For additional job openings for Maine, please contact Angie Audette at the Maine School Boards Association.

Maryland

Chief Legal Counsel | Washington County, MD | Deadline: Until Filled


Description
The Chief Legal Counsel plans, administers, coordinates, and directs the Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Office of Legal Counsel including providing legal services and advice to the Superintendent, Board of Education, and administrators on a variety of issues including labor and employment, parental rights, constitutional issues, student discipline, and special education. Category 15 on the A&S Salary Scale, 12-month work year. Salary Range: $131,074 - $199,446.

Minimum Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member of the Maryland Bar in good standing.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in education law, constitutional law, contract law, administrative law, Open Meetings Act, Public Information Act, special education law and municipal law.
  • Knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title I, Title IX, and Title VII, State Department of Education regulations, and FEPRA.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the organizational philosophy, goals, and policies of Washington County Public Schools (WCPS).

Apply
Applications accepted at the Washington County Public Schools job portal.


School Law Attorney | Columbia, MD | Deadline: Until Filled

Description
A highly-regarded, mid-sized law firm is seeking a motivated attorney. Challenging work, exceptional work environment and generous benefits are all available to the right candidate. Superb opportunity for career growth and achievement.

Requirements

  • 3 to 5+ years’ experience
  • Motivated individual with excellent legal research and writing skills, oral and written advocacy skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, sharp attention to detail, and a desire to excel
  • Knowledge of education law/policy highly preferred

Apply
Please submit resume and cover letter including salary requirements to recruitment@carneykelehan.com. All applicant information will be kept in the strictest confidence. No placement agencies please.

General Counsel | Rockville, MD

Description
The general counsel is responsible for ensuring cost-effective, creative, and proactive legal problem solving of the highest quality to assist the Board, the superintendent of schools, and other Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) staff to navigate legal requirements, evaluate and manage legal risk, align and conserve resources, promote collaborative dispute resolution and reduce avoidable litigation, if possible, and engage in strategic decision making to promote equity and academic excellence for all students. The general counsel reports directly to the superintendent of schools (superintendent) and the superintendent will supervise day-to-day school, administrative, and operational matters involving the general counsel. As a member of the superintendent's cabinet, it is expected that the Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) officers and the Board's chief of staff will work with general counsel on matters directly related to the daily work of the Board office. Serves as legal advisor on matters related to policy decision making. The superintendent and Board officers will collaborate on legal matters that have systemic implications or impact the overall operation of MCPS. Coordinates all legal counsel serving MCPS and the Board and supervises attorneys and other staff in the Office of the General Counsel.

Requirements

  • Knowledge of education law, including Maryland education law and special education law; public policy; knowledge of legal principles and practices; knowledge of contracts, land use, student matters, and negotiated agreements; demonstrated litigation abilities involving other agencies, private companies, individuals, and courts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Thorough understanding of public school operations and knowledge of legal research and case law that may impact the school system.
  • Ability to write legal opinions, including State Board appeals, communicate effectively, and develop working relationships with school administrators and other staff, as well as external agencies.
  • Able to express ideas and conclusions clearly and concisely. Sustains effective relationships with the Board as the governing structure.
  • Graduation from an accredited school of law.
  • Possession of juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
  • Twelve (12) years of experience in the practice of law preferred, including recent progressively more experience in educational and public litigation and administrative law.
  • Experience in the practice of law, preferably in the public sector; knowledge of the application of the law in employment and school settings with preferred experience that includes student rights, education, employment, civil rights, personnel management, and negotiations.
  • Experience managing staff and monitoring legal bills submitted to the school system.

Apply
Visit the MCPS Careers Page at https://mcps.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&portal=101430233


Associate Counsel for Labor & Employment | Baltimore City, MD | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Associate Counsel for Labor & Employment for Baltimore City Public Schools will be responsible for handling matters related to employment and labor grievances and appeals including the preparation and presentation of cases before hearing officers, arbitration panels, administrative agencies, State and Federal Courts. Responsibilities may include participation in labor negotiations, providing counsel to administrative staff, policy formulation, litigation of various legal matters and providing training on School Law issues.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare for and defend City Schools in complex suits that are brought against it in State and Federal Courts.
  • Represent City Schools in administrative proceedings.
  • Perform legal research and render legal opinions on difficult questions that are raised, in particular issues involving current or potential litigation exposure.
  • Provide legal advice and strategy respective of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Advise staff on pay for performance models and issues.

Requirements

  • Familiarity with Federal, State, and City statutes and regulations including Title IX, Title VII, ADA, FLSA, ADEA and FMLA.
  • Five years of legal experience including considerable direct experience in labor and employment law.
  • Admission to the Maryland Bar.

Apply

Reply with a cover letter and resume to lblades@bcps.k12.md.us. For more information, visit baltimorecityschools.org

 

Associate Counsel for Litigation | Baltimore City, MD | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Associate Counsel for Litigation will be responsible for preparing and trying complex court cases for Baltimore City Public Schools in state, federal and appellate courts. The Associate Counsel will work closely with internal departments and officers as well as external counsel, as appropriate, regarding litigation matters.

Essential Functions

  • Prepares for and defends City Schools in complex suits that are brought in State and Federal Courts.Represents City Schools at court hearings and administrative proceedings.
  • Performs legal research and renders legal opinions on difficult questions that are raised, in particular issues involving current or potential litigation exposure.
  • Prepares and files briefs for cases before the United States Supreme Court, United States District Court of Appeals and Maryland Court of Appeals.

Requirements

  • Five years of litigation experience.
  • Admission to the Maryland Bar.

Apply

Reply with a cover letter and resume to lblades@bcps.k12.md.us. For more information, visit baltimorecityschools.org.

 

Staff Attorney, Special Education | Baltimore County, MD | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description 

Under general supervision, the staff attorney represents Baltimore County Public Schools in matters regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, mediations, resolution conferences, and due process appeals. Staff attorney provides a variety of professional legal services as directed by the Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel.

  • Represents Baltimore County Public Schools in special education mediations and due process hearings. Prepares school staff to participate in mediations and hearings.
  • Evaluates cases and negotiates settlement agreements, requests for attorneys’ fees, expert fees, and reimbursements for independent evaluations. Attends IEP team meetings to support the team in decision-making.
  • Reviews statutory amendments and regulations, judicial decisions, and federal agency decisions. Keeps current with pertinent legislation, regulations, and case law involving students with disabilities. Provides clarification and procedural updates for special education staff and school administrators.
  • Coordinates and conducts in-service training related to procedural safeguards and team processes. Serves as a consultant to schools to ensure compliance with laws and regulations regarding students with disabilities and their parents. Assists teachers and administrators in responding to student and parental concerns.
  • Responds to complaints regarding special education and student related Section 504 issues. Conducts legal research on issues raised in complaints, formulates legal opinions and provides advice.
  • Represents the Superintendent in administrative hearings, as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Juris doctorate degree from an accredited school of law.
  • Member of the Maryland State Bar required.
  • Two years of professional experience in the practice of law which includes experience with legal issues involving students with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated experience with litigation, negotiation, mediation and administrative hearings.

Apply

For more information on requirements and to apply for this position, visit the Baltimore County's job portal.

 

Massachusetts

Attorney – Education and Employment Law

A well-established municipal law firm specializing in complex education law, employment law and public sector law, seeks an exceptional attorney with at least 5 years of meaningful civil litigation experience and excellent writing and oral advocacy skills.    Experience with education-related litigation, including litigation involving students with disabilities, civil and constitutional rights, and labor issues is welcome but not required.  Attention to detail, and a client-focused positive attitude are required.   We offer a competitive salary and benefits and an opportunity to work in a collegial atmosphere with experts in the field.  Massachusetts admission required and federal admission preferred.

All cover letters and resumes should be submitted to Lauren Harding at lharding@mlmlawfirm.com

Labor and Employment Attorney | Westwood, MA | Deadline: Until filled

Description

Valerio Dominello & Hillman, a boutique law firm located in Westwood, MA is seeking an attorney to join a busy practice serving Massachusetts municipalities, school districts, public agencies and private companies in the areas of labor and employment law, school law and collective bargaining. Please send resume to Nicholas.Dominello@VDHBoston.com
 

For additional postings contact Carol Grazio at the Massachusetts Assoc. of School Committees, Inc.

 

Michigan

Associate Attorney | East Lansing, MI | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Thrun Law Firm, P.C. (www.thrunlaw.com/content/careers), a fast-paced school law practice representing over 500 Michigan school districts, public school academies, community colleges, and other municipal clients, seeks an associate attorney to work primarily from its East Lansing office.  

Position Requirements: The successful candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter who has excellent academic credentials as well as strong research, writing and interpersonal skills. Previous work experience or demonstrated interest in education law, public sector law, labor and employment law, litigation, municipal law, or transactional law is preferred. The candidate must be willing to travel throughout the state and work nights and weekends as necessary. Admission or anticipated admission to the State Bar of Michigan is required.  

Salary Range: Competitive Salary and Benefits

Application Procedure: Please submit a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to:  Thrun Law Firm, P.C., Attn:  Gordon Burr, 2900 West Road, Suite 400, East Lansing, MI 48823 or to gburr@thrunlaw.com.

 

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Legal Services  | Monroe County Intermediate School District, MI | Deadline: Until filled

Description

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Legal Services reports directly to the Superintendent and works in close collaboration with other school administrators. This position is responsible for the organization and administration of all human resources and labor relations activities for the district. 
  
Qualifications:

EDUCATION:  
License to practice law in Michigan or the ability to become licensed within six months of taking position, preferred.
Master's degree in human resources, labor relations or education with a concentration in human resources management, personnel administration, preferred.

EXPERIENCE:  
Three to five years of practicing law in the field of labor law, employment law, school law.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and pending legislation that impacts Michigan schools, human resources and labor practices.
Three to five years of progressively more responsible work experience in human resources field with experience in recruitment, contract management, employee evaluations, summative and formative appraisals.
Courses or experience in labor relations (management or labor side) and public employment law, collective bargaining and labor economics.
Experience working in an education setting, preferred.
Experience working in human resources, preferred.

SKILLS/OTHER:
Knowledge of ACA, COBRA, FMLA, HIPAA, FLSA, FOIA, OMA compliance requirements.
Experience in creating and interpreting contracts.
Experience providing legal opinions.
Demonstrated ability to build effective, professional, and collaborative relationships with all stakeholders.
Ability to assist, coach, and support administrators and staff.
Ability to generate trust in relationships and work as both team leader and member.
Values and promotes diversity.
Demonstrated listening, verbal and written communication skills; presentation and facilitation skills and organization and customer service skills.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in oral and written form.

Internal Applicants: 
Current Monroe County Intermediate School District employees who meet the qualifications must complete the online application at www.monroeisd.us to be considered. Click on "Employment" and "Applitrack" and follow instructions to apply for this position. You MUST update education and work experience. Supporting documents required (resume', 3 letters of reference, and applicable certifications/license) must be uploaded with the application.


External Applicants: 
Must complete online application at www.monroeisd.us. Click on "Employment" and "Applitrack" and follow instructions to apply for this position. Faxed or mailed applications will not be accepted. Supporting documents required (resume', transcripts, 3 letters of reference, and applicable certifications/license) must be uploaded with the application.

 

Minnesota

Attorney Representing School Districts | Minneapolis | Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Kennedy & Graven, Chartered practices as general and special counsel to local governments including cities, townships and school districts. Please visit kennedy-graven.com for more information.  Our main office is at 150 South Fifth Street, Suite 700, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Description: This position focuses on representation of school districts. The work includes a wide variety of legal areas including data privacy, state and federal anti-discrimination laws, special education, labor and employment law, litigation and constitutional law.  Work tasks will include working with school district clients to address issues and questions that arise; conducting internal investigations; preparing responses to administrative charges and complaints; handling various hearings and proceedings (such as labor arbitration hearings or student expulsions); reviewing, revising, or drafting policies, contracts, resolutions, and other important documents; research and analysis of novel issues in a variety of topics; and a wide array of special education and litigation-related tasks. Opportunities will be available to focus on or specialize in preferred topic areas, though work within the full range of services will be needed.

Qualifications:  Experience in school/education law or closely transferrable experience required. Experience commensurate with 5 or more years of practice strongly preferred. 

Compensation: Salary- Competitive based on demonstrated skills, knowledge and abilities. Additional benefits include employer provided medical single coverage; family dental coverage; disability insurance; life insurance, and employer 401(k) contribution.

Deadline:  Position will remain open until filled. Questions about the position or the application process, please contact Neil Simmons at nsimmons@kennedy-graven.com or 612-337-9200

To Apply: Please e-mail cover letter, resume and unofficial law school transcript to Neil Simmons, Administrator, Kennedy and Graven, Chartered, at nsimmons@kennedy-graven.com

Kennedy & Graven, Chartered gives equal consideration to all qualified applicants, regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, or status with regard to public assistance.   We encourage all candidates with the professional background identified above to apply, including candidates from diverse communities or who self-identity as diverse.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Mississippi

Deputy General Counsel | Jackson Public Schools, Miss. | Deadline: Until filled

Description

The responsibility of the Deputy General Counsel, serving at the direction of the General Counsel, is to assist in providing legal advice, counsel and representation to the Board and the District. This responsibility includes researching legal matters, providing legal advice, drafting legal opinions and other documents on a variety of subjects that affect a public-school district, and performing related professional and administrative duties as required. The position works independently, reporting major activities through periodic meetings.

 
Requirements

  • Four to eight (4-8) years of previous legal experience.
  • Juris Doctor and Member of the Mississippi Bar or the ability to become a member within six (6) months of hire.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector is preferred.
  • Previous experience in managing attorneys and legal support staff is preferred.
  • Demonstrated technical mastery and use of judgment in the application of law to complex fact patterns.
  • Demonstrated skill in fact-finding, analysis, problem solving, writing, presentation, consulting, and conflict resolution techniques to identify problems and recommend solutions.

Salary:

$67,200 - $90,000 annually.

For More Information and to Apply

Contact Jackson Public Schools.  

 

For more job openings in Mississippi contact Stephanie Wells at the Mississippi School Boards Association. 

 

Missouri

 

Associate Attorney | Clayton, MO | Application Deadline: Until Filled


Tueth Keeney, an established mid-size and growing law firm with offices in Clayton, MO and Edwardsville, IL, is seeking two associate level attorneys for its education and litigation practices. 

Our firm is consistently listed as a “Best Law Firm” in The Best Lawyers in America.  We pride ourselves on being the best at what we do, client-centered, innovative, collaborative, and grounded.  We strive for continued excellence and promote the professional growth of all our attorneys. 

The ideal candidates will have exceptional research and writing skills, oral advocacy skills, litigation experience, as well as strong interpersonal skills and an interest in client counseling. Interest and experience in education law, employment law, and public sector law are preferred.  Attention to detail, and a client-focused attitude are required. These positions are full-time.

The ideal candidates will be licensed in both Illinois and Missouri; the firm will consider candidates licensed in either Illinois or Missouri so long as the candidate is willing/able to seek licensure in whichever state the candidate is not currently licensed.

Competitive salary based on years of experience, bonus program and full benefits will be offered. The firm offers hybrid working arrangements for attorneys, with both in-office and remote work options available.

Submit the following required items to Terri Cole at tcole@tuethkeeney.com: cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript. 


Associate Attorney, Immigration | Clayton, Missouri | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Tueth Keeney is a growing mid-size law firm seeking an associate level immigration attorney for its business immigration practice located at its Clayton office. Five years of experience is preferred. The associate attorney will prepare petitions for government agencies, review immigration applications and supporting documents prepared by paralegals, have frequent contact with clients, and will work closely with the firm’s senior immigration attorneys and paralegals to ensure that clients’ needs are met in a fast-paced environment. Our clients include large multinational corporations as well as small companies, universities, health care institutions and other entities that need assistance in this area. The position requires excellent writing skills, an ability to apply the immigration laws to the client’s particular situation, and the ability to quickly learn and adapt to changing circumstances, including new immigration regulations. The immigration associate attorney will obtain a broad range of experience. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, have the ability to multi-task, have the ability to work independently, have strong oral and written communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills. A client-focused attitude is a must. This position is a full-time position, although contract work will be considered. Competitive salary and full benefits.

Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to Terri Cole, tcole@tuethkeeney.com.

Education Associate | Clayton, Missouri | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Mid-size law firm seeking an attorney with 0-3 years of experience for its Clayton, Missouri office. The ideal candidate will have exceptional research and writing skills, litigation experience and/or a desire to develop a litigation practice, as well as strong interpersonal stills and an interest in client counseling. Interest and experience in education law, employment law, and public sector law preferred. Superior written and oral communication skills, outstanding analytical skills, and a client-focused attitude are required.

Competitive salary and benefits.

Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to Terri Cole, tcole@tuethkeeney.com. Candidates will be required to submit writing samples and transcripts.

Montana

Staff Attorney | Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) | Helena | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Thinking about a career change? Want to move to Montana (Big Sky Country)? Consider this great opportunity! MTSBA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization serving volunteer elected school boards throughout Montana, is seeking an experience school law attorney to join our amazing team. The optimal candidate will have 5-10 years of experience representing K-12 public schools, experience in employment law, litigation, collective bargaining, and student matters, including special education.

 

About MTSBA: 

As MTSBA nears 100 years of service to Montana’s elected school board members, our Core Purpose of developing the full potential of each child through school board leadership drives everything we do. We value and advocate for excellence in public education through constitutional guarantees afforded all children. We support collaborative partnerships among well informed and highly effective elected school

boards and the parents, students, and communities that they serve. For more about MTSBA, visit our website at mtsba.org.

 

Salary Range:

$105,000 - 120,000, dependent on experience and qualifications

 

Employee Benefits:

Excellent Benefits Package, including employer paid health insurance and a defined contribution retirement plan.

 

Work Environment:

Flexible working environment that includes flexible paid leave and holidays and access to remote work.

 

Supervision:

Works under the direct supervision and reports to the Associate Executive Director/General Counsel

 

Required Qualifications:

1. Juris Doctor degree with a license to practice law in the state of Montana or the ability to obtain licensure in Montana through reciprocity; and;

2. Ability and willingness to travel to member school districts to assist with legal matters and in-district trainings

 

Desired Characteristics:

1. Strong work ethic with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse individuals and

groups and to provide timely, quality services to our members;

2. Strong presentation skills before small and large groups;

3. A high degree of competence with technology-based communications and applications;

4. Excellent verbal and written communication and organization skills; and

5. Ability to be flexible, multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment with vast duties deadlines on

multiple projects.

 

To apply, please send a letter of application, current resume and three letters of reference to: Lance Melton at lmelton@mtsba.org and Debra Silk at dsilk@mtsba.org. The position will remain open until filled. If you have any questions about the position, please email Debra Silk or call 406-439-3520.

 

Nebraska

Associate In-House Counsel | Omaha Public Schools | Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

 

Location: Teacher Administrative Center(T.A.C.), 3215 Cuming St. Omaha NE 68131 

 

Reports To: In-House Counsel 

 

Work Schedule/FLSA Status: 12 month / Exempt 

 

Salary Schedule: Commensurate with education and experience 

 

Position Purpose: Responsible for assisting the In-House Counsel in managing the legal function of the District, with emphasis on advising the District on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the practical application of state and federal special education laws and regulations. The Associate’s responsibilities include leading major projects and initiatives, researching legal matters, providing legal advice, drafting legal opinions and other documents, and performing related professional and administrative duties as required. The position works independently, reporting major activities through periodic meetings. 

 

This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge, or abilities associated with this classification but is intended to accurately reflect the primary job elements. 

 

Essential Performance Responsibilities 

  • Regularly attend board meetings, committee meetings, and department meetings as assigned.
  • Work closely with the In-House Counsel to: ensure that the goals and objectives of the department are met; establish priorities; ensure accurate and consistent interpretation of relevant laws and the timely and accurate preparation of reports and opinions; evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of office operations and make related recommendations.
  • Partner with senior management and departmental supervisors on complex issues to develop and implement solutions, resources, and compliance.
  • Work collaboratively with other administrators throughout the District.
  • Execute the responsibilities lawfully and in keeping with the highest ethical standards.
  • Use personal judgment and initiative to develop effective and constructive solutions to challenges and obstacles.
  • Perform legal research and render legal opinions on straightforward and complex legal issues.
  • Evaluate potential litigation exposure.
  • Assist in providing advice concerning new or revised Board/District policies and procedures.
  • Attend internal and external hearings and administrative proceedings.
  • Appear before state or federal court as assigned by In-House Counsel.
  • Assist with administrative and supervisory responsibilities relating to litigation matters.
  • Prepare and file legal briefs.
  • Attend and assist in facilitating bargaining negotiations.
  • Draft, review and negotiate contracts, agreements, memoranda of understanding, leases, and other legal documents.
  • Gather information to support periodic and special reports documenting activities.
  • Develop and maintain a library of legal opinions, research work products, and litigation documents.
  • Remain current on legal developments affecting the District.
  • Attend professional conferences, training, seminars, and workshops as necessary to maintain job knowledge and skills.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited school of law is required.
  • Must be licensed to practice in Nebraska or have the ability to obtain admission.
  • Two plus years of education law, public sector law, employment, and labor law, contracts, constitutional law, and special education law experience preferred.
  • Excellent law school record plus three or more years of related legal experience.
  • Ability to communicate legal information and advice clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Ability to determine alternative legal and administrative approaches to solving problems.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner.
  • Ability to display a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and other software typically used in legal practice (g., e-mail, internet, LexisNexis, etc.)
  • Previous experience with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and application of state and federal special education laws and regulations is preferred.

Additional Duties 
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Superintendent or designee.

 

Equipment: This position requires the ability to use basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Must always comply with OPS’s guidelines for equipment use. 

 

Travel: Limited travel between schools and central offices will be required. Occasional travel outside of Omaha or Nebraska will be required. 

 

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards 

  • Works in standard office and school building environments
  • Occasional overtime may be required by the supervisor.
  • Must have organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to read and use information from written materials and visual displays.
  • Ability to work in standing/walking positions on a frequent basis throughout the work shift.
  • Ability to bend, kneel, stoop and maintain balance while performing job-related tasks.
  • Additional demands may be required upon request from the supervisor.

Interrelations 

  • Contact with personnel within the district and with customers and vendors.
  • Will be working under the direct supervision of the department supervisor in order to complete day-to-day tasks.
  • Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Must understand and respond appropriately to customer needs and maintain a positive attitude with all customers and colleagues.
  • Expected to interact with all internal and external customers in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service.

Employee Punctuality and Appearance 

  • In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave.
  • Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator.
  • All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of Omaha Public Schools and is appropriate for their position.

Terms of Employment 

This position is treated as a full-time, exempt certified position. The terms of your employment will be governed by applicable state laws regulating employment or teaching in a Nebraska public school and Board of Education policies, as those laws and policies may change from time to time. If your position is represented by a collective bargaining representative, then your employment will also be governed by a negotiated agreement between OPS and that collective bargaining representative. 

 

Terms of employment are contingent upon: 

  • Verification of a valid Nebraska Teaching License or other required license. 
  • A background check which demonstrates background is acceptable for the position sought and working with or around students. 
  • Verification of U.S. Citizenship or legal authorization to work in the United States. 
  • Successful completion of a tuberculosis skin test (if required by federal law for your position). 
  • Execution and delivery to OPS of a contract presented by OPS.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities, employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131. (531-299-0307)   

 

The Omaha Public School District is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process please contact the human resources department at 531-299-0240. 

To apply, visit https://omaha.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=12922.

 

For additional job openings in Nebraska, check back soon or contact Vicki Winters at the Nebraska Association of School Boards.

Nevada

There are no current job openings for Nevada. Please check back soon.

 

New Hampshire

There are no current job openings for Montana. Please check back soon or contact Amanda Hodgman  at the New Hampshire School Boards Association.

 

New Jersey

There are no current job openings for New Jersey. Please check back soon.

New Mexico

General Education Attorney | Albuquerque | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Walsh Gallegos Treviño Kyle & Robinson PC is a law firm devoted to serving public education.  Since 1983, we have worked in partnership with leaders in public education, and we strive to make a difference in the boardroom, the courtroom, and most importantly, the classroom.  Our Albuquerque office is expanding and seeking to add an attorney licensed in New Mexico, with 3 – 5 years’ experience, to continue our work in a fast paced, collaborative environment. 

The position involves the representation of public school districts and other educational institutions in areas of labor and employment, governance including Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act, administrative law, real estate, construction, business issues, and student issues, including civil rights/constitutional law/disability law.  Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and excellent research and writing skills are required.  Public speaking experience, strong interpersonal skills, and experience with school districts or other governmental entities is preferred. 

Please send resume and writing sample to jobs@wabsa.com.  Because we sometimes have openings in multiple offices, please indicate the city in the subject line of your email. 

Special Education School Attorney | Albuquerque | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Walsh Gallegos Treviño Kyle & Robinson P.C. is a law firm devoted to serving public education. Since 1983, we have worked in partnership with leaders in public education, and we strive to make a difference in the boardroom, the courtroom, and most importantly, the classroom. Our office is currently seeking an attorney(s) licensed 3 – 5 years to help us continue our work.

The position calls for an attorney who can successfully work to defend public schools and other governmental entities on issues involving special education/disability rights litigation as well as provide advice and consultation to public schools in the area of special education/disability rights. Attention to detail and excellent research and writing skills are required. Public speaking experience, strong interpersonal skills, IDEA due process proceeding and litigation experience, State and OCR Complaint experience, and experience with school districts or other governmental entities are preferred. A background in special education or education is a plus, as is experience representing governmental entities in federal litigation.

Please send resume and writing sample to jobs@wabsa.com. Because we sometimes have openings in multiple offices, please indicate the city in the subject line of your email.

 

New York

Senior Associate Attorney/Lateral Partner | Latham, NY | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Guercio & Guercio, LLP, a leading education and municipal law firm representing school districts, BOCES and other public entities across New York State, seeks an experienced attorney (5+ years) to join its growing Capital Region office.

Candidate must possess outstanding verbal and written communication skills, strong academic credentials, the ability to work independently, a commitment to exceptional client service and a desire to help expand the practice. Experience in Education Law, Labor and Employment Law and/or collective bargaining is preferred; prior experience with Special Education Law and/or as a litigator is a plus. New York State bar admission is required.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, profit sharing and pension plan, and the opportunity to join a dynamic team that assists public K-12 educational institutions throughout New York with their legal needs. Please send a letter of interest and resume in confidence to Erin M. O’Grady-Parent, Esq. at eogrady@guerciolaw.com.

Associate Attorney | Barton Gilman - New York Education Practice, NYC| Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Barton Gilman looks to add an Associate attorney to work primarily in its New York Education Practice, based in our midtown Manhattan office.  Associate must possess a commitment to exceptional client service, strong academic credentials, and excellent writing, research, and advocacy skills. Prior experience as a litigator is preferred. Familiarity with education settings and a dedication to addressing the unique legal challenges faced by schools are a plus. Associate will have the opportunity to work with accomplished, well-respected attorneys and education reform leaders, interact meaningfully with clients, and fully participate in all phases of service to education clients, including litigation and transactional work, in a collegial and flexible work environment. New York bar admission required; additional bar admissions a plus. Barton Gilman is dedicated to creating an environment of inclusion and diversity. Please submit cover letter and resume in confidence to Paul T. O’Neill, Esq. at poneill@bglaw.com. 

 

North Carolina

 

Attorney | Schwartz Law P.L.L.C. | Raleigh, NC | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Schwartz Law P.L.L.C. is an education law firm located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.  The firm was designed to serve and meet the far-reaching and unique legal needs of our education clients, which consist primarily of public school systems throughout North Carolina.  We are looking for attorneys to join our team.  Requirements
  • Candidates must have excellent writing, personal, and oratory skills. 
  • Experience in education law is preferred.

Apply
We invite interested applicants to learn more about the firm on our website: https://schwartzedulaw.com/

 

We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a wonderful working environment.  Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Jennifer Schwartz at jschwartz@schwartzedulaw.com.

 

Attorney III | North Carolina Department of Justice | Raleigh, NC | Application Deadline: Until Filled

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $82,808 to $96,326.   Salary offers for the selected candidate are based on the candidate's education and experience related to the position, as well as our agency budget and equity.

This Attorney is directly responsible for conducting complex litigation, trials and appeals in the Offices of Administrative Hearings and State courts involving the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction with minimal supervision.

The professional duties include researching and analyzing facts and law, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, preparing and arguing motions, conducting settlement negotiations, presenting evidence, making jury arguments, writing appellate briefs, and arguing the case in the appellate courts. This Attorney advises clients regarding and litigates legal issues arising from disputes involving teacher license revocations, teacher compensation, charter school revocation and non-renewals, personnel disciplinary actions, intentional torts and making and performance of contracts. In addition to those issues directly related to education, this Attorney handles complex litigation related to the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction’s corporate activities such as open meetings, public records, bankruptcy, trademarks, and copyrights.

As an Assistant Attorney General, this Attorney is responsible for researching and writing the State’s brief and arguing the State’s case in appellate courts in criminal appeals.

Advice and Counsel
This Attorney consults with the staff for the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction on the full range of legal issues arising from their administrative activities, including providing advice to the client regarding contracts and negotiating contracts, preparing formal and informal opinions in response to questions regarding the interpretation of State and federal statutes and regulations affecting North Carolina public schools; answering correspondence and telephone inquiries from the public and local school boards on issues regarding or affecting North Carolina public schools; and participating in various professional service activities, including CLE presentations in areas of expertise.

Criminal Appeals
This attorney handles criminal briefs on appeal by the defendant to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

The North Carolina Department of Justice protects the people of North Carolina through its work to prevent crime and support law enforcement, to safeguard consumers, and to defend the State, its people, and their constitutional rights.

The State of North Carolina offers employer-paid health insurance plus twelve paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at Employee Benefits.
 
The salary grade for this position is NC08.  State employees are encouraged to apply for positions of interest even if the salary grade is the same as, or lower than, their current position.  Please detail ALL work history including non-state service experience.  If selected for this position, a new salary will be recalculated taking into consideration the quantity of relevant education and experience, funding availability, and internal equity. Based upon these factors, a pay increase MAY or MAY NOT result.  

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

 

Thorough knowledge of case, statutory, regulatory, and common law.
Thorough knowledge of judicial and quasi-judicial procedures, both State and federal.
Ability to conduct complex civil or criminal litigation in trial and appellate courts.
Ability to interpret and apply laws, constitutional provisions, statutes, administrative regulations, and court decisions.
Ability to analyze facts, evidence, and legal instruments.
Ability to express conclusions and arguments clearly, logically and convincingly in oral and written form.
Ability to determine issues in various cases.
Ability to analyze complex legal problems and render formal opinions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Ability to creatively develop case strategy and tactics.
Ability to work in a courteous and professional manner with legal and administrative staff, clients, opposing counsel, court personnel, members of the public and other persons who may be involved in any assigned matter.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Licensed to practice law by the North Carolina State Bar and three years of progressively responsible professional legal experience. NOTE: GS 114-2 and 114-6 make it the duty of the Attorney General of NC to represent the State of North Carolina in all litigation unless another statute specifically states otherwise.

Management prefers the following: demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with management, colleagues and clients; experience independently handling complex litigation; and ability to multi-task and prioritize case deadlines effectively.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The NC Department of Justice accomplishes our goals through our DOJ Organizational Values of Public Service, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Diversity, and Innovation. We encourage all qualified candidates who are committed to these values and want to make a difference in the lives of our citizens to apply for this opportunity.

Please be sure to complete the application in full.

Note the following: If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Resumes and cover letters: To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form. This information is used to determine if you meet the requirements of the position, and if you are selected, it is used to determine a salary offer.

Using the terms "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will not be accepted and your application will be rejected as incomplete.  Cover letters are highly encouraged but not required.    

Transcripts:  Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. A copy of your transcripts indicating the degree received can be uploaded with your application.

If a transcript has been requested, your application will be considered incomplete if you do not provide one. Using a photograph of your diploma is not acceptable.
   
Credit for foreign degrees will only be given if verification of degree certification is attached to your application.  Transcripts for foreign degrees have to be evaluated by an organization like World Education Services to determine US equivalency.

Any licenses or certificates must be included in the appropriate section of the application form.

Veterans Preference: Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 or discharge orders.

Applicants seeking National Guard Preference must attach a NGB 23A (RPAS) if you are a current member of the NC National Guard in good standing.  If you are a former member of the NC National Guard who served for at least 6 years and was discharged under honorable conditions, you must attach either a DD256 or NGB 22.

Application status: To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  All applicants will be notified by email once a position is filled.

NeoGov Help Line: If you are having technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627. If there are any questions about this posting, other than your application status, please contact the NC DOJ Human Resources office.

The NC Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The NC Department of Justice uses Merit-Based Recruitment to select from among the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
NC Department of Justice
Human Resources Office
Lisa Sasser, Recruitment Specialist
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-716-6490

 

Assistant Legal Counsel | North Carolina School Boards Association | Raleigh, NC | Application Deadline: Until Filled

The North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Legal Counsel. This full-time position is available immediately and is based in Raleigh, with the option to work from home up to two days each week.

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop and provide trainings on a variety of legal topics for school board members and senior administrators, delivered at conferences, and in webinars and podcasts; 
  • Provide legal and policy advice to NCSBA senior leadership; 
  • Oversee work on a legal resource for local boards of education; and 
  • Help oversee the work of Staff Attorneys and other department staff. 

The Assistant Legal Counsel also works with local boards of education on policy manual and update projects and serves as a resource for board attorneys, board members, and senior school system administrators. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in N.C. and should have excellent research and writing skills. A minimum of five years of experience in education law is strongly preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience. NCSBA has an excellent benefits package, including a generous pension contribution, paid sick and vacation leave, and health, vision, dental, and wellness benefits. Please note that NCSBA employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to any accommodations required by law.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to cscheef@ncsba.org. Incomplete application materials will not be reviewed; completed applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position will remain open until filled.


Paralegal, Office of the General Counsel| Charlotte, NC| Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Office of the General Counsel for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has an opening for an experienced paralegal. This position provides paraprofessional support to attorneys and other OGC staff. The work involves, among other things, legal research, first line document review and production, policy research, case file management, and pre-trial and trial assistance. For more information see the position description or visit:  www.cms.k12.nc.us

Contact: Hope A. Root, Deputy General Counsel, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, Phone: 980-344-7501

 

Attorney IV, Education| Wake County, NC| Application Deadline: Until Filled


Description

The North Carolina Department of Justice is seeking candidates for an exclusively education law position representing the North Carolina State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction, as well as other agency matters.  The North Carolina Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General of North Carolina, represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake. 

For more information and to apply visit:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/3103459/attorney-iv-education?keywords=attorney%20IV&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

 

Assistant Litigation Counsel  |  North Carolina School Boards Association  |  Application Period: Until Filled 

Description
Under general supervision, the Assistant Litigation Counsel performs legal and professional administrative work associated with the administration of the risk management programs through the North Carolina School Boards Association. Work involves assisting Litigation Counsel in managing covered litigation against member school districts that participate in these programs, including the selection of and consultation with outside counsel regarding the defense of member districts. Employee is responsible for assisting Litigation Counsel in monitoring the work of defense firms for compliance with Litigation and Billing Procedures. Work also involves researching and evaluating coverage issues; handling liability and automobile claim issues; responding to coverage questions; identifying and pursuing other sources of coverage in litigation against members; preparing coverage and reservation of rights letters; attending mediations; and assisting in preparation of annual coverage agreements, program documents, and claim forms.

Responsibilities
Employee is responsible for assisting Litigation Counsel, as needed, with the renewal and placement of reinsurance/excess insurance for the risk management programs, including assisting with the review and revision of reinsurance/excess insurance agreements. Employee is also responsible for responding to inquiries regarding the risk management programs; preparing risk management publications, articles, and marketing materials; updating the risk management page on the Association’s website; and making presentations regarding school board liability issues and the coverages available through the programs. Employee is responsible for keeping up to date on MMSEA Section 111 (Medicare) mandatory reporting requirements applicable to the Association’s risk management programs and for providing updates to the Litigation Counsel and the risk management department on relevant Medicare regulations and changes that impact the reporting obligations, procedures, and processes of the department. Reports to the Litigation Counsel.

To Apply
Contact Donna Lynch, Litigation Counsel, North Carolina School Boards Association, dlynch@ncsba.org

 

North Dakota

There are no current job openings for North Dakota. Please check back soon or contact Linnae Brew at the North Dakota School Boards Association.

 

Ohio

Assistant General Counsel | North Canton, Ohio (Stark County) | Application Deadline: April 15, 2023

Description:

Assists the General Counsel in performing her duties as counsel to the Stark County Educational Service Center Board, Superintendent, administrative staff and its affiliated school districts. Reports to and is evaluated by the General Counsel.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

As directed by the General Counsel:

  • Provides advice on legal matters, board policies, administrative regulations, school/employment law, both federal and state affecting K-12 schools and educational service centers in Ohio, renders oral and written opinions, memoranda and correspondence on legal matters/issues.
  • Provides representation in connection with matters affecting its relations with Federal, State and County governments.
  • Prepares and presents personnel and student disciplinary cases at all levels of appeal.
  • Advises and participates in labor contract negotiations and grievance processing.
  • Other duties as assigned by the General Counsel.

SALARY:

This is a twelve-month position with holidays and annual vacation, medical/dental insurance, leave provisions, salary commensurate with experience, School Employees Retirement System pension. Office in North Canton, Ohio (Stark County).

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited school of law 
  • Admission and in good standing to the Bar of the State of Ohio and the Federal District Court, Northern District and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 3 or more years of legal experience in public school/employment law and collective bargaining.
  • Knowledge in the following subject matters:
    • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • FERPA
    • Title VII and Title IX
    • Open meetings/Public Records Law
  • Proficient in the use of technology and legal research 
  • Excellent planning, organizational skills, research, oral/written communication
  • Hold and maintain a valid driver’s license to carry out the essential functions of the position

HOW TO APPLY:

Send/email resume to: Mary Jo Shannon Slick

Stark County Educational Service Center

6057 Strip Avenue NW

North Canton, OH 44720

maryjo.slick@email.sparcc.org

 

Oklahoma

There are no current job openings for Oklahoma. Please check back soon or contact Andy Fugitt at the Oklahoma School Board Attorneys Association Inc.

 

Oregon

There are no current job openings for Oregon. Please check back soon. 

  

Pennsylvania

Staff Attorney | Mechanicsburg, PA| Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

PSBA is seeking a staff attorney to provide advice, analysis, consultation, training and educational information to public school leaders on a wide variety of legal focus areas impacting public school system and non-profit corporation governance, including constitutional law, administrative law, employment law, labor relations, governmental financial administration, state and federal civil rights law, student and employee constitutional rights, disability law, public agency procurement, municipal taxation, government transparency, liability risk management and legislative analysis. Advocacy work includes involvement in legislative matters as well as practice before state and federal appellate courts.

Requirements

  • Licensed attorney admitted in PA (or can become admitted within 6 months)
  • Minimum three years’ experience in law practice substantially focused on education law or related legal areas listed above.

Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter with salary expectations to Human Resources at psbahr@psba.org. For more information, visit https://www.psba.org/about/jobs-psba/.

 

Rhode Island

Associate |  Providence, RI  | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

Barton Gilman looks to add an associate to work primarily in its Education Practice.  Associate must possess a commitment to exceptional client service, strong academic credentials, and excellent writing, research, and advocacy skills.  Prior experience in education settings and a dedication to addressing the unique legal challenges faced by schools is a plus.  Associate will have the opportunity to work with accomplished, well-respected trial attorneys and education reform leaders, interact meaningfully with clients, and fully participate in all phases of service to school clients, including litigation, in a collegial and flexible work environment.  Rhode Island Bar admission required. Additional bar admissions a plus. Barton Gilman is dedicated to creating an environment of inclusion and diversity. Please submit cover letter and resume in confidence to Angela L. Carr, Esq. at acarr@bglaw.com.

 

South Carolina

There are no current job openings for South Carolina. Please check back soon. 

South Dakota

There are no current job openings for South Dakota. Please check back soon or contact Deanne Arbach at the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.

 

Tennessee

Association General Counsel | Montgomery County, Tennessee | Application Deadline: Until Filled


Purpose of Position

To provide legal services as needed to Senior Leadership and District Departments with respect to IDEA, Section 504, and other laws specific to students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Advises the Director of School and other Senior Leadership on legal matters relating to federal and state public education specific to students for the purpose of ensuring activities are conducted according to all laws and regulations.

Represents District to defend a variety of special education claims, to include administrative and due process hearings for IDEA and 504.

Represents District at IEP, 504, and/or other meetings wherein parents have legal representation.

Works with Special Populations leadership on record gathering protocol for cases.

Meets with, interviews, and documents findings regarding persons involved in the IDEA and 504 legal cases.

Coordinates and collaborates with District’s outside legal counsel regarding litigation and claims involving IDEA and 504 laws (if any).

Serves as a liaison between the District, counsel, clients and experts.

Is well versed in IDEA and 504 laws to include ADA and Title II and is willing to engage in the special education framework for TN.

Works collaboratively with Special Populations for legislative matters, including legislative committee work to petition for changes in school, state, or federal policy.

Drafts and revises contracts, policies and legal documents with respect to IDEA and 504 matters.

Assists with certain student matters, i.e., student rights, appeal and procedure issues, and juvenile court matters.

Provides legal advice to District administrators as needed regarding carrying out policies and procedures established and approved by the Board and/or Tennessee Code Annotated for the purpose of ensuring that the District operates within the laws, rules and regulations.

Recommends changes in District policies and procedures as needed for the purpose of ensuring compliance with applicable Federal and State laws and Department of Education regulations.

Assists with preparing responses to OCR claims/complaints related to students, conducting required investigations as needed for such claims.

Assists District employees with assessment of and questions regarding subpoenas, court orders, and other legal documentation.

Assists with Tennessee Public Records Act requests as needed and as brought to counsel.

Represents District at conferences and meetings for the purpose of establishing a professional network.

Conducts legal research as needed for the purpose of advising District or writing opinions regarding District issues.

Assists with developing and conducting training for Supervisors related to IDEA, Section 504, etc., as needed.

Apply
To learn more and apply, visit the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System employment portal.
 

Texas 

Associate General Counsel | Fort Bend Independent School District | Application Deadline: Until Filled

The Associate General Counsel will serve as the Executive Director Legal Services, under direction of the General Counsel, provides advice, counsel, representation, and research to District and campus administrators on U.S. and Texas law and regulations, Board policies, and District administrative regulations, contractual agreements and other District matters. The Associate General Counsel will function as the Executive Director of Legal Services and will provide leadership and direct supervision to staff.

Learn more about the position and apply.

Associate Superintendent - General Counsel | Pasadena Independent School District | Application Deadline: June 29, 2023

Serve as a senior member of the district’s leadership team and provide in-house legal counsel, representation, and assistance to the Superintendent, campus and department administrators, and the Board of Trustees, regarding all areas of school operations.  

Education/Certification:
Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from a nationally accredited law school and valid license to practice law in the State of Texas.

Experience:
Three years’ experience in public or private practice dealing with legal issues of local, state, federal government, or public school law

For more information, please see the position posting.

Assistant General Counsel, Special Education | Dallas | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

  • Assist the General Counsel in ensuring the operations of the Office of Legal Services in support of the goals and objectives of the District
  • Represent the District in all aspects of disability-related legal matters, including special education due process litigation, ARD committee meetings, medication, Texas Education Agency complaints, Office of Civil Rights complaints and investigations, and other administrative hearings related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504
  • Provide in-house training to District staff, as needed, regarding IDEA, Section 504, the provision of educational services to students with disabilities, and Title IX compliance;
  • Monitor all disability-related legal matters that are assigned to external counsel, when appropriate, and provide management of same
  • Provide legal advice and assistance to the Special Education Department and campuses, as needed, regarding IDEA/504 and the provision of educational services to students with disabilities
  • Provide legal advice to the appropriate District representatives regarding all matters of student discipline and discipline appeals for the purpose of ensuring all laws, regulations and policies are followed
  • Monitor all disability-related legal matters that are assigned to external counsel, when appropriate, and provide management of same
  • Represent the District in internal student/parent grievances and hearings, as needed
  • Provide legal advice on complicated, high profile, or high exposure matters to Board Members, the Superintendent of Schools, and senior management
  • Assist in the planning and development of board policy, practices, and procedures of the District
  • Provide legal advice on a regular basis to the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent of Schools, the central office and school administrative staff on multiple legal issues
  • Review requests for professional staff development and renders appropriate training as approved by the General Counsel to the Board and District staff
  • Assist the General Counsel in advising the Board of Trustees and Superintendent in the execution of contracts, the formulation and execution of policy and other legal issues
  • Provide direction and assistance to legal staff as directed by the General Counsel during the General Counsel's absence from the office
  • Attend Board meetings and other administrative meetings to provide legal counsel as directed by the General Counsel
  • Assists in the monitoring and handling of cases assigned to outside counsel as directed by the General Counsel
  • Assist with coordinating and overseeing timely compliance with subpoenas, including subpoenas for student records, employee records or other types of District records
  • Accept and respond to notices of claims and demands against the District
  • Perform any and all related duties as assigned by the General Counsel

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited university required
  • Licenses to practice law in the State of Texas; or, licensed in another state with the ability to be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas within 90 – 180 days from date of hire required
  • 1 year minimum of practice representing in the area of special education and disability law required
  • Professional and paraprofessional positions held in a school district in the area of special education (teacher assistant, teacher, coordinator, director, etc.) preferred
  • Knowledge of IDEA, Section 504 and other federal, state, local laws and regulations relating to special education law, school law, contract law, and related laws affecting school districts
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills required to achieve the goals of the position
  • Skill in conveying clear and concise oral and written communication
  • Ability to anticipate, manage, analyze, evaluate, and summarize legal issues and findings, and to present legal issues, findings, and recommendations in a clear and concise manner to district personnel and other individuals or at proceedings
  • Legal research, litigation skills and analytical skills
  • Skills to represent the District in negotiations with vendors, contractors and other entities
  • Ability to analyze complex legal issues; manage multiple projects/programs; problem solve; and use of technology
  • Ability to analyze and solve legal problems and interpret laws, policies, and procedures affecting the District
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Interpersonal skills, including but not limited to, the ability to understand human motivation and the ability to apply such knowledge to maintain good working relationships with district representatives, co-workers, subordinates and others
     

    Work Locations

    Legal Services 
    9400 N CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY SUITE 1675
    Dallas 75231

    Full-time Minimum Salary
    106,198.00
    Median Salary
    129,510.00
    Use this link to apply. 

General Counsel | Austin Independent School District | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description:

Incumbent serves in a senior executive capacity providing in-house legal counsel, representation, and research on school district matters. Provides counsel and assistance to the Superintendent, senior staff, school administrators, and departments.

Qualifications/Requirements:

A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and a valid license to practice law in the State of Texas is required. Seven (7) years progressively responsible experience in public or private practice dealing with legal issues of local, state, federal government, or public school law is required. Special Education, employee and labor relations law experience strongly preferred.

This position requires thorough knowledge and understanding of local, state, and federal laws, and regulations relating to public education; demonstrated legal research and litigation skills; thorough knowledge of the legislative process; ability to interpret law, policy, and procedures; and exceptional organizational, communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills. The incumbent must maintain emotional control under stress and possess the ability to handle and balance multiple demands at the same time and meet deadlines with severe time constraints.

Visit Online Employment Application | Open Positions (applitrack.com) to apply. 

 

 

District Legal Counsel |  Pharr, TX  | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

Provide in-house legal services to the Superintendent and designated staff, including representation and research. Assist the Superintendent and Cabinet in legal performance of their duties. Coordinate all legal services required by the district.

Education/Certification:

Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited university
Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas

Special Knowledge/Skills:  

Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, and regulations relating to public education
Demonstrated legal research and litigation skills
Thorough knowledge of the legislative process
Ability to interpret law, policy and procedures
Exceptional organization, communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills

Experience:

Minimum of three (3) years of experience in public or private practice dealing with legal issues of local, state, federal government, or public school law.
Experience in teaching or public school administration (preferred).

To Apply

Candidates must apply online and upload a resume and a transcript with degree conferred for this position.  Please complete the online Standard application on the PSJA ISD website: www.psjaisd.us/jobs

 

Attorney |  Austin, TX  | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Muñoz, PC is hiring and seeks an attorney for our Austin Office with a minimum of 3 years' experience in construction law, contracts, and litigation. Experience in school law or with other governmental entities (governance, real estate) is a plus. Must be admitted and in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and eligible to practice in state and federal courts. Excellent work history and communication skills are required. EWHPM offers competitive salaries and a rich benefits package in a collaborative team environment. An attorney/paralegal team is open to consideration, too. 

To Apply

For more information about our firm, go to www.edlaw.com. Please send your resume, cover letter, and references to krivkin@edlaw.com. 

 

Special Education Attorney | Houston, TX | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

Karczewski | Bradshaw | Spalding is a premier education law firm with four offices located across Texas. KBS represents public school districts, charter schools, community colleges and other public entities. 

The firm’s Houston office is currently seeking an associate attorney with 1-6 years of legal experience in special education law. Our special education lawyers advise clients on all issues related to special education law, including assisting clients throughout the admission, review and dismissal process, reviewing and revising special education policies and procedures, responding to state and federal compliance complaints, and handling administrative due process hearings and related litigation.

Requirements

  • 1-6 years of legal experience in special education law.
  • Candidates must have excellent academic credentials, strong research, writing and analytical skills, and be highly motivated.
  • Litigation and/or administrative hearing experience is preferred.

Apply
We invite interested applicants to learn more on our website: www.kbslawgroup.com. The firm offers a competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Holly Sherman at hsherman@kbslawgroup.com.

Utah

There are no current job openings for Utah. Please check back soon.

 

Vermont

Attorney | Burlington | Application Deadline: Until Filled

McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan, P.C., a Burlington law firm established in 1977, seeks a licensed Vermont attorney to join its practice.  The firm provides legal counsel to municipalities, school districts, businesses, and individual clients throughout Vermont.  We are looking for a candidate interested in joining a team of attorneys committed to serving our clients in a wide range of areas.  The firm offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits, including health insurance and 401k.  Please send your resume and cover letter to Mick Leddy at mleddy@mcneilvt.com.  For more information about the firm, please visit www.mcneilvt.com.

Virginia

Paralegal | Loudoun County Public Schools | Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Position Overview
The HRTD Paralegal provides technical, legal, and operational support to assist the HRTD Associate Counsel. The Paralegal conducts varied activities including basic legal research, drafting legal correspondence, and performing paraprofessional and administrative tasks to support the HRTD Associate Counsel in the provision of in-house legal counsel on a wide array of employment-related matters.

Roles and Responsibilities
The following information is intended to describe the overall nature and scope of the work being performed. This is not a comprehensive listing of all responsibilities or tasks; work may differ and other work may be assigned when deemed appropriate.

  • Assists with the review of investigations of labor grievances and charges, and with regard to employment complaints and related matters
  • Maintains case status log, pleadings and case files, calendars and other records pertaining to labor and employment legal matters
  • Produces/updates presentations on various labor and employment legal topics
  • Drafts and revises legal correspondence and documents
  • Conducts legal research
  • Assists with responses to legal grievances and complaints relating to labor and employment matters
  • Assists with hearing preparation on labor and employment-related matters
  • Assists with policy reviews as they pertain to matters relating to HRTD functions and program areas
  • Assists with communications and coordinating witness interviews and responses

Qualifications
Below are the minimum qualifications for this job. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are also acceptable.

Experience
Five years of experience as a paralegal, legal assistant or comparable role

Education
Bachelor’s degree

Licenses and Certifications
NA

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of legal terminology and procedures
  • Knowledge of legal databases and related resources
  • Knowledge of Westlaw, Lexis, and other research tools and databases
  • Knowledge of legal obligations regarding privilege, confidentiality and ethics
  • Knowledge of obligations regarding, and ability to handle subpoenas, affidavits, and other administrative matters
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes pertaining to employment law
  • Ability to prepare legal documents, correspondence, and memoranda
  • Ability to conduct basic legal and factual research
  • Ability to use office equipment, computers, and related hardware and software
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective internal and external working relationships
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to work independently, manage large workloads, and keep deadlines
  • Ability to understand and apply principles and standards of confidentiality, privilege, and ethics to office operations and communications

Physical Requirements

The following provides a brief description of physical requirements for this job:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly talking, expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. The employee must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly. The employee must possess normal cognitive abilities including the ability to learn, recall and apply certain practices and policies. Frequently sitting and/or remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time. Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Months/Days/Hours: 12 Months, 254 Days, 8 Hours per day
Salary Level: Universal 12
Salary Scale: https://www.lcps.org/compensation
Reports to: Supervisor, HRTD
Salary Range: $31.71 - $40.98

Shift Type: Full-Time
Salary Range:
Please view compensation page linked above - from menu, click corresponding salary scale / Universal Level 12

Location: Chief Human Resources Officer Office
Applications Accepted

Start Date: 05/08/2023

Job Contact:
Name: HRTD-J Title
Email: recruitment@lcps.org

Assistant Division Counsel | Manassas | Application Deadline: Feb. 2, 2023


Prince William County Schools (PWCS) is seeking an Assistant Division Counsel with expertise in special education and disability law and other legal matters under the jurisdiction of the Office of Civil Rights. This position may allow the option of hybrid telework.

This position provides legal services for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS); and performs related duties as required or assigned by Division Counsel and/or the Deputy Division Counsel.

Essential Responsibilities:

• Supports Division Counsel and Deputy Division Counsel to provide legal advice to the School Board and attend meetings as needed
• Advises the PWCS Division Superintendent, Superintendent's staff, and other instructional and support staff regarding legal issues; including, but not limited to, special education and disability law, and as needed and directed, student and employee civil rights and statutory protections; local governance, fiscal and budgetary issues; student services to include student discipline, custody and parent rights; FOIA, FERPA and other confidentiality matters; instructional requirements, technology, intellectual property and social media issues; procurement and contracts, torts and liability matters
• Works closely with and supports the Office of Special Education, Level Associate Superintendents, and school administration on matters arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and other laws governing the provision of special education and related services, and, as directed, to the Office of Student Services Post-Secondary School Success, the Chief Equity Officer, Level Associate Superintendents, and school administrators regarding student discipline, student and parent rights, equity matters, and other state and federal laws impacting public school administration
• May attend IEP meetings as needed and represent the Division in administrative hearings.
• Responds to complaints and oversight actions by the Office of Civil Rights, the Virginia Department of Education, and the Prince William Human Rights Commission
• Provides training and advice to staff on special education compliance issues, and assists in the development of policies, regulations, and procedures necessary to comply with the same
• Assists Division Counsel in oversight of outside counsel and related legal matters, particularly regarding special education, civil rights, and disability law
• Provides advice regarding nature and level of outside counsel services and negotiation of fees
• Ensures compliance with federal and state laws and interprets laws, ruling, and regulations
• Recommends changes in School Board policies and regulations to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws and Virginia Department of Education regulations
• Coordinates with staff to develop legislation, policies, and other legal documents which promote the interests of the School Division
• Provides advice regarding the School Division's policy positions
• Assists in the preparation of budget expenditures, amounts to be allocated, and amendments thereto when necessary for the effective operations of the Office of the Division Counsel
• Assists with the annual report of legal services provided by the Division Counsel to the School Board and quarterly reports on legal costs
• Reviews and provides legal clearance for regulations, agreements, materials, and other documents submitted to the School Board and PWCS entities
• Provides representation and attends meetings of School Board advisory councils and SPARK, the Prince William County Public Schools Education Foundation, as requested
• Interacts with opposing counsel and/or local government attorneys
• Represents the Superintendent of Schools and staff in administrative proceedings including due process hearings and advises administration and the School Board regarding the appeal of student matters
• Conducts research, gathers evidence, and takes other action as necessary to defend or initiate legal action in state and federal courts
• Performs and promotes all activities in compliance with equal employment and nondiscrimination policies of the Prince William County School Board
• Coordinates and provides in-service training/professional development on legal matters which pertain to the overall administration of the School Division
• Provides office oversight and provides all duties of Division Counsel and Deputy Division Counsel in their absence

Other Job Responsibilities

• Expertise in special education and disability law and other legal matters under the jurisdiction of the Office of Civil Rights strongly preferred
• Knowledge of local government and public body law, public finance and budget law, employee/student civil rights, FERPA, FOIA, Title IX, state and federal litigation affecting public schools, family rights and child custody, and familiarity with juvenile justice system
• Personal and professional integrity
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Ability to supervise the work of others
• Ability to work collaboratively with attorneys and support staff, Office of the Clerk and outside counsel
• Ability to develop effective working relationships with the School Board, Superintendent's staff, and community and governmental leaders critical

SALARY: Grade 20: $113,152 - $216,811 per year (competitive benefits)

Access the complete job description and other responsibilities.

Assistant Division Counsel |Manassas, Virginia | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Prince William County Public Schools has an opening for an Assistant Division Counsel in the Office of Division Counsel.  This is a chance to come work with some amazing people in a large, diverse workforce.  As the 34th largest school division in the nation (and the 2nd largest in Virginia), PWCS’s approximately 16,000 full-time, part-time, and temporary employees serve more than 90,000 students.   

Specifically, PWCS seeks an attorney with five or more years of experience with transactional matters focusing on the areas of real estate, procurement, and contracts.  With 100 school facilities and more being renovated and constructed, this offers the right candidate an opportunity to provide day-to-day legal advice to the PWCS Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and the Departments of School Facilities and Purchasing.  

PWCS offers competitive compensation and an extensive level of health and leave benefitsThis position may provide for telework. See the job description here.

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) does not discriminate in employment nor in the provision of educational programs, services and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law.

 

School Board Attorney | Hampton, VA | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

POSITION INFORMATION:

Location: School Administration Center
Reports to: School Board
Employment Period: 12 months
Employment Status: Full-time
Start Date: 22/23 School Year
Salary: $106,714 – $178,369:  Competitive salary is negotiable commensurate with experience

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Law degree from an accredited law school.  Member in good standing of the Virginia Bar.  Minimum of five years of experience, preferably in Virginia K-12 school law and/or working in a law firm representing school district clients.  Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups and individuals.  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

MAJOR FUNCTION 

The School Board Attorney is the chief legal advisor of the Hampton City School Board and provides legal advice to the School Board, the Superintendent and Division Administration.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Attends all School Board public meetings and closed door sessions
  • Assists the Board members in the legal performance of their duties and fair and just discharging of such obligations to students, staff, employees, and the public
  • Provides proactive legal advice to the School Board and the Superintendent on all matters affecting the operation of the school system
  • Supports and/or represents the Division and/or Administration in administrative hearings and proceedings, including matters before the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the EEOC, and the Virginia Department of Education
  • Responsible for advising the School Board and Superintendent on all legal matters relating to the operations of the School District
  • Provides legal services to the Superintendent as requested
  • Provides legal counsel to New Horizons Regional Education Centers on personnel and special education matters
  • Advises the Board and Superintendent of the legality of contemplated actions and current practices
  • Represents or provides for the representation of the Board in all legal and administrative proceedings, including arbitrations, mediations and other proceedings
  • Recommends the hiring of outside counsel and consults with other outside counsel who possess subject matter expertise as necessary or appropriate
  • Serves as Parliamentarian at School Board meetings and acts as legal advisor to the School Board at quasi-judicial hearings
  • Reviews and recommends appropriate changes to policies, contracts and procedures to ensure compliance with legal mandates
  • Conducts formal and informal training to the School Board, administrators, teachers, school resource officers, and employees in the legal aspects of their duties
  • Conducts and oversees legal research, preparation of legal opinions and answers legal questions from the School Board, Superintendent and administrative staff
  • Works with the City Attorney's Office in certain matters relating to the school division
  • Reviews and draws up legal documents and contracts/agreements required in the operation of the school division and renders opinions relative to substance, form, and propriety of such documents, contracts/agreements
  • Provides quarterly reports to the School Board on pending litigation
  • Performs other related duties as required

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Extensive professional legal experience, preferably advising and/or representing school divisions or municipal governments or other public bodies, in various areas including contract drafting and negotiation, policy development, review and interpretation, public employment law, risk management issues, special education and various civil and administrative legal matters
  • Prior experience in K-12 school law and knowledge of employee collective bargaining issues
  • Working knowledge of applicable federal and state school law statutes, general knowledge of ordinances and court decisions relating to public entities generally and school divisions in particular, and knowledge of board governance and parliamentary procedural matters as the School Board Attorney serves as the Board’s Parliamentarian

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT 

Salary, benefits, and other terms of employment shall be subject to negotiation with the School Board.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position.  Other duties and responsibilities may be established by contract or otherwise exist as a matter of professional responsibility.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

The following information is required to be considered for the position:

  • Resume
  • Feedback on reference forms from all persons listed as references (minimum of two)

Only complete applications will be considered.  

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a FBI fingerprint check and a Child Protective Services background check.  
Hampton City Schools does not discriminate in employment against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class.  Personnel decisions are based on merit and the ability to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Executive Director of Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669; (757) 727-2000.  Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.

Division Counsel |  Prince William County Public Schools, VA  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

This position serves as the chief in-house legal counsel for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS); and performs related duties as required or assigned.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Represents the Prince William County School Board and advises the School Board, Division Superintendent, Superintendent’s Staff, and other instructional and support staff regarding legal issues; including, but not limited to, School Board authority and duties, students’ rights and discipline, education-related laws and regulations, employment, civil rights, real estate, contracts, local government, procurement, and tort law
  • Provides services in highly complex legal matters, including the rendering of opinions upon significant legal matters
  • Attends School Board meetings and provides legal advice in closed session, provides legal training to Board members on FOIA, FERPA, COIA and other laws.
  • Works with school staff to ensure compliance with federal and state laws
  • Interprets laws, rulings, and regulations
  • Recommends changes in policies and regulations to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws and Virginia Department of Education regulations
  • Provides advice regarding federal and state legislation of concern to the School Division
  • Coordinates with staff and the Division's lobbyist to develop legislation, policies, and other legal documents which promote the interests of the School Division
  • Provides advice regarding the School Division’s policy positions
  • Recommends budget expenditures, amounts to be allocated, and amendments thereto when necessary for the effective operations of the Office of the Division Counsel
  • Provides the School Board with an annual report of legal services provided by the Division Counsel and estimates of outside legal fees and costs.
  • Reviews and provides legal clearance for contracts, regulations, agreements, materials, and other documents submitted to the School Board and PWCS entities
  • Coordinates, approves and oversees the use of outside counsel for specialized legal situations.
  • Provides notice of claims to the Division's insurers for litigation and administrative proceedings covered by that insurance and coordinates defense with outside counsel.
  • Provides advice regarding nature and level of outside counsel services and negotiation of fees
  • Interfaces with opposing counsel and/or local government attorneys, and remains abreast of legal developments through state and national professional associations
  • Where no conflict exist and resources permit, represents the Superintendent and staff in grievances and administrative hearings.
  • Conducts research, gathers evidence, and takes other action as necessary to defend or initiate legal action
  • Performs and promotes all activities in compliance with equal employment and non-discrimination policies of the Prince William County School Board
  • Coordinates and provides in-service training/professional development on legal matters which pertain to the overall administration of the School Division
  • Performs other duties, consistent with the goals and objectives of this position, as assigned by the School Board Chairman At-Large or Superintendent of Schools.
  • Manages and oversees Office of Division Counsel, all attorneys and staff in that office and the FOIA Officer.
  • Provides legal support to the Office of the School Board Clerk and the PWCS Ombudsman.
  • Maintains a strong relationship with the juvenile justice system and advocates for coordination of services in the best interest of PWCS.

Application Process

Visit the PWCPS page for more information and to apply.

 

Assistant Division Counsel |  Arlington Public Schools, VA  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Assistant Division Counsel assists the Division Counsel with providing in-house legal counsel for Arlington Public Schools and the School Board. Uses judgment and initiative to conduct legal research, interpret laws, render legal opinions, and provide technical legal expertise. May serve as the Division Counsel during absences. Work is performed under direction of the Division Counsel.

Application Process

Candidates must apply online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position. Please complete the online Professional Application at www.apsva.us - Careers@APS. A minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet.

 

Division Counsel  |  Arlington, VA.  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Arlington Public Schools (APS) announces openings for the position of Division Counsel as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet.  APS is seeking a Division Counsel to assist the Superintendent in providing leadership and managing the legal services in the school division. 

Arlington Public Schools (APS) is a diverse, dynamic, and professional community located across the Potomac River from Washington; D.C. APS is the 13th largest among Virginia’s 132 school divisions with a population of over 28,000 students from 142 nations who speak 115 languages. The system is financially strong, is noted for its high academic standards and its many programs to meet individual student needs and has tremendous community support. The 2021 Niche©Rankings of Best Public Schools ranked APS 2nd in Virginia.

Candidates for the Division Council need to have a juris doctorate and licensure by the State Bar of Virginia or be eligible for bar licensure in Virginia.  Salary and benefits are extremely competitive for the region.  Screening will start immediately.

Interested applicants should apply immediately at https://hyasearch.com/job/division-counsel-arlington-va/ , where a detailed job description and salary information can be found for this position.  Screening begins immediately.  The position will remain open until filled.   

School Board Attorney  |  Ashburn, VA.  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Office of the Superintendent, Loudon County Public Schools is accepting applications for a School Board Attorney to provide direct professional legal counsel and representation for the School Board, Division Superintendent, and staff on all matters. For more information and to apply visit: Job Details (loudoun.gov)

 

Division Counsel |  Arlington Public Schools, VA  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

The Division Counsel serves as the in-house legal counsel for Arlington Public Schools and the School Board. Uses judgment and initiative to conduct legal research, interpret laws, render legal opinions, and provide technical legal expertise to the School Board, Superintendent and District administrative staff.

Responsibilities

May not include all duties performed – These are intended as an illustration of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.) 

  • Advises the Superintendent, School Board, Executive Leadership Team and other district staff regarding legal issues related to the Constitution, students’ rights, education, employment, civil rights, real estate, local government, procurement, contracts, tort law, and state and federal laws.
  • Interprets federal, state and local laws, renders legal opinions, and provides legal advice in the drafting of legal documents, policies, rules and regulations, resolutions, applications and other legal or quasi-legal papers.
  • Provides technical legal expertise, information and assistance in the formulation and development of policies, procedures and programs to ensure legal compliance. Advises the School Board and Superintendent of unusual trends or problems and recommends appropriate corrective actions.
  • Advises the School Board regarding federal and state legislation of concern to the school system and coordinates with Executive Leadership Team and other staff to develop and revise legislation, policies and regulations that promote the interests of the school system.
  • Represents the School Board and Superintendent in administrative hearings and before fact-finding panels, Civil Service Commission, School Board and other entities.
  • Conducts research, gathers evidence, prepares pleadings and legal briefs, and takes other action as necessary to defend or initiate legal action.
  • Appears before federal, state and local courts and legislative bodies to present the District’s position on issues pending before those entities.
  • Attends and provides legal advice at regular meetings of the School Board and such other meetings as the School Board or Superintendent directs.
  • Oversees the selection and use of outside counsel and negotiates fees.
  • Performs related duties, as assigned or needed.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience working with students and families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Bilingual skills preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of state, federal and local laws, regulations and court decisions applicable to K-12 public schools.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of public administration, intergovernmental relations and school business operations.
  • Knowledge of methods and procedures required to provide legal services to an administration and governing body in a large urban public agency.
  • Knowledge of current local, state and federal issues related to public schools and K-12 public education.
  • Knowledge of School District’s policies, priorities and objectives.
  • Knowledge of labor law, affirmative action and employment discrimination.
  • Knowledge of constitutional and administrative law.
  • Knowledge of Rules of Evidence.
  • Knowledge of juvenile law, student rights and discipline.
  • Knowledge of current issues and special challenges of large urban school districts and their communities.
  • Knowledge of internal consulting concepts and practices.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of supervisory duties, including hiring and performance evaluation.
  • Ability to prepare and render legal opinions.
  • Ability to oversee and/or prepare and conduct litigation and administrative law hearings.
  • Ability to review existing and pending legislation related to procedural guidelines and District policies.
  • Ability to interpret, apply and explain complex state and federal policies, law, regulations and court decisions applicable to school business.
  • Ability to provide internal legal consultation services.
  • Ability to represent the District in a variety of public settings.
  • Ability to manage and supervise staff.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information. 
To Apply
Candidates must apply online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position.  Please complete the online Professional application on the APS website in the Employment section: www.apsva.us.  A minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet. 

  

Washington

School Law Attorney | Seattle, Washington | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett, a Seattle based firm, is seeking a lawyer to join its boutique five lawyer School Law Practice group. We developed our School Law Practice over 25 years ago around the firm’s core values of service, integrity, passion, excellence, and balance.  Since then, we have handled about 1500 school liability and related matters in state, federal and appellate courts and represented over 70 Washington school districts. We have defended districts and their employees from lawsuits involving employment discrimination, student athletics, wrongful death, sexual grooming and abuse, harassment, negligent hiring, supervision, and training, civil rights, Section 1983 claims, and the Public Records Act.  We also assist school districts with their day-to-day issues, their pre-litigation needs, including management of HR or HIB and Title 9 investigations and advice on personnel issues and contract drafting, etc. 
 
We are seeking an attorney with school law experience to assist with this diverse range of school law matters. Qualified candidates should have solid drafting, writing, and researching skills, as well as excellent client relationship and interpersonal skills. 
 
Preg O’Donnell & Gillett offers competitive salary/benefits and a positive atmosphere with an emphasis on work-life balance.  To apply, please send a pdf containing your resume, cover letter and writing sample to Careers@pregodonnell.com and egillespie@pregodonnell.com.  All replies are confidential.  Preg O’Donnell & Gillett is an equal opportunity employer. 

 

School Law Attorney  |  Seattle, Wa.  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, Inc., P.S. is a PNW law firm with a significant long-standing school law practice in Washington State.  This includes representation of school districts in complex litigation in federal/state courts and in administrative hearings/grievance arbitrations. PBF&L also provides general counsel services to school districts on employment and student matters, collective bargaining, special education, OCR and equity matters, policy and training development, Public Records Act and FERPA compliance, COVID-19 and safe district operation, as well as crisis management/communication.  The Firm also serves as OCR consultants for contracted school districts.   PBF&L is seeking an attorney with school district background/experience to join the Firm's Seattle office school law practice.   

Apply

Interested attorneys may apply in confidence, attention Charles Leitch, Hiring Principal, via email to jds@pattersonbuchanan.com. PBF&L is an equal opportunity employer.

This position will remain open until filled, but applications will be reviewed as received.

  

Washington, D.C.

Attorney, Trial | Washington, D.C. | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for providing expert advice of counsel and legal representation to DCPS' Chancellor, Central Office, principals, and other school-based staff to help ensure that all DCPS students, regardless of background or circumstance, receive a world-class education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life. Major practice areas in OGC include: Labor and Employment, General Practice, and Litigation, which includes Special Education due process litigation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).

The Trial Attorney will represent DCPS at administrative hearings, make policy recommendations to DCPS leadership, and provide legal advice and counseling to stakeholders across the school system, including principals and other administrators. The Trial Attorney will work in the Litigation group, with a focus on special education due process litigation. The Trial Attorney may also work on legal matters across all practice areas, given the requirement of the client to handle a diverse body of work.

The Attorney, Trial will report to the Deputy General Counsel.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Advises clients in the interpretation of relevant laws, including, but not limited to, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
  • Manages a varying caseload, including special education due process complaints and student disciplinary matters.
  • Provides advice and counsel to school-based staff on general matters, including but not limited to student discipline issues.
  • Prepares and presents legal memoranda and opinions on matters upon request by the client.
  • Represents DCPS in administrative hearings in various fora, including before the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) hearing officers.
  • Participates in the formulation of and development of policies and procedures.
  • Monitors trends and recommends appropriate corrective action.
  • Conducts and presents legal research of the impact of new and proposed legislation on the interests of DCPS.
  • Communicates with DCPS administrators, other attorneys, and outside organizations to coordinate activities, resolve issues and conflicts, and exchange information.
  • Coordinates with the DC Office of Attorney General (OAG) litigation counsel in cases pending before DC Superior and US District and Circuit Courts, including, but not limited to, assisting in preparation of discovery responses.

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor and at least three years of legal experience.
  • Member of the District of Columbia bar or the ability to become a member within six months of hire.
  • Previous experience litigating cases under the IDEA preferred.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
  • Demonstrated mastery and use of judgment in the application of law to complex fact patterns.
  • Demonstrated skill in fact-finding, analysis, problem solving, writing, presentation, consulting, and conflict resolution techniques to identify problems and recommend solutions.

Apply
To apply, visit the posting’s webpage and apply online.

 

West Virginia

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Wisconsin

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Wyoming

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