WHAT WE DO

SCHOOL LAW

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At Cepeda Chambers, we value long-term client relationships. That’s why we make it a priority to help contribute to our client’s success, whether that means solving a problem or helping to achieve their goal.

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Overview

We provide publicly and privately organized educational entities with the full range of legal services. Our representation touches every aspect of day-to-day management and strategic planning, as well as dispute resolution. For many of our clients, which include boards of education and their school district administrative teams, we serve as general counsel.

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As legal counsel to school boards, we work closely with board members as well as school administrators. We are experienced in all legal aspects of local government organization and operations. We routinely handle matters that are unique to board functioning. These include: employee and student disciplinary hearings; general and bond elections and election contests; meeting minute reviews; Open Meetings Act compliance; parliamentary procedures; policy development; and public bidding contracting. We also help establish intergovernmental cooperation agreements designed to benefit the participating entities.
Hinshaw has extensive experience in advising school districts on diverse labor and employment subjects. We commonly represent school districts in employment matters involving personnel rules, policies, employee and management handbooks and contracts; certification and tenure issues; terminations, lay-offs and suspensions, including reduction in force counseling; and wage, OSHA and employment discrimination claims and investigations.
We also counsel school clients as to all labor matters, including: collective bargaining and negotiation; pension, health and welfare benefit claims; and unfair labor practice claims.
Our School Law attorneys advise and represent educational clients on both complex and routine real estate subjects. Some of the matters with which we have experience include: construction and professional services contracts; the full range of environmental issues, including indoor air quality matters; and leasing, financing, sales and acquisitions of real estate.
We consult daily with school district administrators on a wide variety of student-related subjects regarding, among many others, bilingual and alternative education matters, curricular changes, desegregation and discrimination claims, free speech and assembly issues, and student records release and confidentiality.