One of the firm’s largest practice areas, our School Law department is staffed by attorneys with extensive expertise in all aspects of school district representation and public sector law. Our relationships with our district clients are long-term, reflecting their sustained satisfaction with our services. The firm currently serves as counsel to more than 70 New Jersey school districts, ranging in size from less than 400 to more than 12,000 students, including:
- Special Services
Our full range of legal services to our district clients, include:
We provide counsel and advice on all legal issues facing school boards. Timeliness in returning phone calls and availability to provide prompt service are essential components of our commitment.
We represent school districts in negotiations with all types of school district based unions, including teachers, administrators, and support staff. Over the years, we have developed respectful professional relationships with many union leaders. These relationships are invaluable to creating smooth negotiations that result in a positive settlement for client districts.
Our School Law attorneys are involved in ongoing advice and consultation, negotiations, grievance handling, increment withholdings, arbitrations, and tenure charges. Our attorneys routinely handle a variety of cases on behalf of our school district clients, including petitions to determine the scope of negotiations, unfair practice charges, representation petitions, and clarification of unit petitions. We also routinely handle civil litigation, tenure charges, seniority issues, non-renewal issues, and discrimination charges.
We recognize the enormous exposure and potential expense public school districts face with respect to special education litigation. Our school law attorneys represent boards of education in all special education areas, assisting districts in the development of appropriate Individualized Education Programs (IEP), staff training and development, and, where necessary, mediation and due process hearings. We have amicable working relationships with numerous attorneys and advocates in the state who represent parents in these matters. Attorneys in this area offer regular in-service training to special education staff and administrators on handling special education matters.
Firm attorneys routinely make presentations before the New Jersey School Boards Association, and various other state organizations, on a wide variety of legal issues at the forefront of school law in New Jersey.
Additionally, Parker McCay stands in the forefront on public access issues, especially the spectrum of issues related to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, the common law right of access and the federal Freedom of Information Act.
- April 22, 2016
School law attorneys assist school district by prevailing in case clarifying the terminology “Other Distinguishing Characteristics” for a finding of harassment, intimidation, and bullying.
- August 2015
Decision firmly established that negotiations over Chapter 78 contributions could not occur until expiration of collective bargaining agreement in which Tier 4 levels were reached.
- March 2014
Successfully argued a Motion for Summary Judgment before the District Court of New Jersey that reversed the Office of Administrative Law’s finding that the School District did not provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
- Current Cyber Threats and District ResponsesApril 4, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.New Jersey Association of School Administrators
- Part II: EmploymentJanuary 24, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - NoonNew Jersey School Administrators Education and Research Foundation
- Two Parker McCay attorneys speak at the New Jersey School Boards Association's "Highlights of Workshop: Legal Issues Boot Camp."April 2, 2016 and April 16, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.New Jersey School Boards Association
- Amy Guerin - Social Media and First Amendment Rights at NJSBA ProgramApril 2, 2016 and April 16, 2016 | 2:00 p.m.New Jersey School Boards Association
- Brett E.J. Gorman Presenting at NBI Special Education Law SeminarDecember 8, 2015National Business Institute
- Cameron Morgan Presenting at Special Education Law ConferenceMay 8, 2015Lehigh University
- Parker McCay Blog, March 24, 2017
- Parker McCay Blog, February 23, 2017
- Parker McCay Blog, November 30, 2016
- Parker McCay Blog, October 17, 2016
- Parker McCay Blog, August 23, 2016
- Parker McCay Blog, July 29, 2016
- Parker McCay Blog, August 20, 2015