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Hancock Estabrook delivers a full range of legal services to educational institutions from small school districts to large universities and several BOCES, located in and around Upstate New York. Our education attorneys represent clients on matters ranging from day-to-day education and school law issues to contract negotiations to municipal financing. Clients also draw from our attorneys' expertise in numerous specialty areas including labor & employment law, tax certiorari proceedings, environmental law, government relations, special education, appeals to the Commissioner of Education, construction matters, purchasing and procurement, and complex litigation.

We understand that educational institutions are facing unprecedented challenges on many fronts related to safety, technology, finances, taxation, and changing regulation. Our attorneys work with school boards and administrators to provide holistic solutions to the complex legal matters that face districts, institutions, universities and BOCES’ today. We advise clients on all aspects of education law including the Open Meetings Law, Freedom of Information Law, Civil Service Laws, student disciplinary matters, tenure, staff training and policy development, Individualized Education Program (IEP) issues, and advice concerning procedural requirements.

Hancock Estabrook education attorneys are experienced with Title IX, Section 504, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and other employment statutes, and have defended clients’ interests in federal and state court, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR), New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), Commissioner of Education, New York State Workers' Compensation Board, and the State Department of Labor.

We take a proactive and preventative approach to legal representation by presenting workshops, seminars and in-house programs, and by distributing periodic updates and newsletters on important legal developments, which are specifically targeted to the needs of our education clients. Our goal is to provide the highest-quality legal services in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible.

 

Hancock Estabrook represents institutions in all areas of education and employment law, defending their interests in federal and state court, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR), New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), Commissioner of Education, New York State Workers' Compensation Board and the State Department of Labor.

Our legal services also include:

Labor Relations:

  • Collective bargaining
  • Contract administration
  • Defense of contract and disciplinary
  • Grievances and arbitrations
  • Defense of unfair labor practices
  • Disciplinary investigations

Employment Law:

  • Employment discrimination defense
  • Supervisory and employment training

 

 

Board Policy Development:

  • Policy development and revision
  • Policy and regulation implementation

 Education Law

  • Student disciplinary hearings
  • Due process hearings under IDEA and NYS Education Law
  • Serving as general counsel

Municipal Financing and Construction:

  • Contract preparation and review
  • Environmental studies
  • Financing
  • Construction-related claims

In the great majority of cases, we obtained dismissal of claims at an early stage, achieved our clients' goals and preserved their interests with minimum legal expense. When necessary, however, we provide the legal expertise needed to try cases to decision or verdict.