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Educational institutions face a range of legal challenges as they strive to provide quality education on limited budgets. Davis Wright Tremaine offers an efficient team of lawyers experienced in critical matters that affect educational institutions at all levels, including K-12 schools, proprietary schools, technical and community colleges, universities and health professions schools. Our goal is to help you quickly and effectively deal with legal issues so you can focus on education.

Serving K-12 schools

Our work for K-12 schools has included a full range of matters related to the following:

  • Charter schools
  • Religion in schools and other First Amendment issues
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • School board issues
  • Open Meetings/Sunshine Laws
  • Title IX (now the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act)
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • School security, drug testing and other Fourth Amendment issues
  • Harassment and other student conduct issues
  • ESL requirements
  • Online education and Web-based learning
  • The No Child Left Behind Act

Serving higher education

Our experience with traditional legal challenges faced by universities, colleges and technical schools includes matters involving: 

  • Admissions
  • Student life
  • Financial aid
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Foundations
  • Tenured faculty issues
  • International students
  • Discrimination
  • Accreditation issues 

Our work with these issues includes:

  • Risk assessment
  • Policy review and drafting
  • Regulatory analysis, reporting and compliance

Supporting practice areas

Educational institutions have numerous legal needs that are not specific to education. In those cases, our team will collaborate with you and other practice groups at our firm that can provide focused knowledge as in areas such as:

The multidisciplinary support we provide is indispensable, given the complex relationships among stakeholders within your institution and your need to work wisely and efficiently with communities, government and business. We understand that each situation presents particular challenges and opportunities and deserves a custom-tailored response, based on a thorough understanding of your specific needs and goals.