Education

The attorneys at The Lynch Law Group have a thorough understanding of the challenges facing educational institutions, from Pre-K through 12 schools to colleges and universities to. We draw on deep experience offering a full range of legal services targeted to the needs of academic clients.

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools

Our attorneys have held leadership positions at colleges and universities, served as members of governing boards at the state and institutional level, and represented public and private institutions, including multi-campus public university systems, law, medical, and other professional schools in a full range of legal issues.

We work closely with college and university decision-makers, including executive teams, institutional counsel, administrators, and staff to provide a full range of legal and advisory services in areas specific to academia.

Our extensive representative experience includes the following:

Managed internal and external audits and investigations for colleges and universities including a comprehensive institutional audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

 Prepared responses to Freedom of Information Act requests directed to colleges and universities

Managed outside counsel for universities

Represented multiple universities and tried to verdict malpractice claims against colleges and universities

Advised multiple colleges and universities on workplace monitoring, internet use/cell phones/email, and workplace surveillance

Advised multiple colleges and universities on record retention and storage and data privacy and security issues including FERPA and HIPAA

Assisted multiple colleges and universities with complex progressive discipline and discharge of employees, including multiple tenured faculty members and senior leaders at large and small colleges and universities

Provided comprehensive legal services and administrative advice for more than 50 separately accredited residency and fellowship programs in multiple medical schools, teaching hospitals, and universities

Drafted institutional self-study documents for regional accreditation, including chairing self-study committees

Advised multiple colleges and universities regarding assessment and accreditation issues regarding a variety of regional and national accrediting bodies, including but not limited to the Higher Learning Commission, Middle States, NCACS, LCME, ACGME, CEPH, DCA, and CCNE

Defended multiple colleges and universities in litigation related to workplace injuries and wrongful death allegations

Defended multiple colleges and universities in litigation related to employment discrimination, including EEOC proceedings

Defended multiple colleges and universities in litigation related to allegations of academic misconduct and academic standards violations by students, including student discharge litigation

Advised and defended multiple colleges and universities in litigation related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act

Defended a university in litigation related to a same-sex harassment claim

Represented universities in OCR Complaints

Defended multiple colleges and universities in Title IX claims

Represented multiple university athletic programs in NCAA compliance issues and at hearings before the NCAA in Indianapolis

Advised and litigated issues related to allegations of bullying, harassment, student discipline, and violations of student codes of conduct

Advised and defended multiple colleges and universities in litigation related to Freedom of Speech and Religion claims

Advised a university regarding policies related to firearms on campus and in dorms

Assisted with arranging and overseeing first-party shooter drills and on-campus emergency training for students, staff, and faculty at multiple universities

Advised and defended multiple colleges and universities in litigation related to student health and safety issues including student search and seizure, access to counseling services, vaccinations, and online harassment issues

Managed routine operational issues for colleges and universities including program closures, loss of accreditation, major construction projects, service contracts, and real estate gifts and acquisitions

Advised and defended multiple colleges and universities in litigation related to allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual abuse, and sexual assault by employees

Advised multiple universities regarding issues surrounding mandatory reporting of allegations or signs of abuse

Advised multiple universities regarding crisis communications and legal issues surrounding student and faculty deaths, including suicides, on campus

Advised multiple colleges and universities regarding issues related to board governance

Advised multiple colleges and universities regarding issues related to faculty/immigration issues

Advised multiple colleges and universities regarding issues related to government relations

Assisted with initiating and obtaining accreditation with CEPH for a new Graduate School of Public Health

Conducted faculty meetings

Assisted institutions of higher education with new program development, including curriculum development and approval

Provided legal advice to and chaired University Academic Standards Committees at the undergraduate and professional levels

Assisted universities and their professional schools in claims related to denied university admission, including discrimination claims

Defended universities against fraudulent misrepresentations by faculty in areas including credentials, continuing education, purchasing, research, and prior education

Led and participated in strategic planning efforts at multiple universities as well as drafted strategic plans and created dashboards and KPI for tracking of those plans

Provided legal advice to and chaired university Faculty Grievance, Tenure, and Faculty Review Committees

Wrote and managed higher education grants and sponsored programs

Assisted with the creation of international linkages for universities, including drafting Memoranda of Understanding and teaching internationally as a visiting professor

Advised regarding operations of a Foreign Medical School and study abroad programming

Reviewed, drafted, and negotiated academic contracts, including employment contracts for multiple universities

Represented a college in litigation related to allegations of an on-campus sexual assault

Assisted with the creation of a Clinical Translational Science Institute

Assisted with the merger and acquisition of institutions of higher education

Pre-K through 12 Schools

The attorneys in our Education Practice Group provide a broad range of services to Pre-K through 12 schools and school districts, including:

IDEA/Title 1/Students with Disabilities/IEPs and 504 plans/FAPE Claims/Disability Discrimination

School closures

School Board Representation

Special Counsel Representation

Service as Solicitor

To learn more about our services for Pre-K through 12 school districts and higher education, contact Todd M. Pappasergi or Jacquelyn Core.