Brian Garrett and Linda Johnson to Present at this Year’s TABS Conference

Attorneys Brian B. Garrett and Linda S. Johnson will be presenting at this year’s The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Conference November 15-17 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

Linda will be presenting, “Ten Steps to Effective Crisis Response,” today (11/16) at 1pm. This panel session will walk you through a hypothetical applying the ten steps to effective crisis response. How you respond to a situation involving the safety and well-being of your students is critical to both those involved as well as to the overall operation and long-term reputation of your school. Linda will be joined on the panel by:

  • Mb Duckett Ireland, Assistant Head of School, George School
  • John McVeigh, Head of School, Holderness School

Linda will also be presenting, “Managing the Behavioral Expectations of Non-Employee Spouses and Partners,” on Friday, November 17 at 9am. This session will provide practical guidance on ensuring that all members of your school community understand expectations regarding healthy interactions with students and mandatory reporting obligations.

Brian will be presenting, “Race in Admissions: Assessing the Impact of the Harvard Supreme Court Case on Boarding Schools,” on Friday, November 17 at 9am. This interactive session will explore how the SFFA v. Harvard ruling impacts boarding schools, and will provide school leaders with tips on how they should respond to the ruling. Brian will be joined by:

  •  Christina Dotchin, Vice President of Member Relations, Enrollment Management Association

Brian is the Chair of McLane Middleton’s Education Law Practice Group and focuses his practice on understanding and serving the needs of independent day and boarding schools, colleges and universities, and early child care programs. Brian partners with many of the country’s leading independent schools to provide comprehensive advice on all aspects of school operations, including student and parent issues, employment matters, school governance and leadership, and general risk management. He works closely with board chairs, heads of schools, financial officers, and other senior leadership members in tackling complex matters affecting school communities. He can be reached at the firm’s Portsmouth office at (603) 334-6934 or

Linda is the Vice Chair of the Education Law Group of McLane Middleton, P.A.  For the past 30 years, Linda has been advising independent schools throughout the United States and internationally on all aspects of risk prevention and crisis response with a focus on promoting healthy relationships through the management and oversight of a healthy school culture. She assists schools in drafting policies and procedures to deal with all aspects of school operations but is especially known for her work regarding educational awareness on setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries with students.  Linda often serves as a consultant to schools experiencing critical incidents relating to misconduct which has harmed students or employees, including coordination and oversight of third-party investigations. She advises administrators and boards on how to respond to complaints of misconduct responsibly, considering transparency, accountability, compassion and equity.  Overall, Linda helps to guide schools to “do the right thing, the right way.” She can be reached at the firm’s Manchester office at (603) 628-1267 or