McLane Middleton offers multidisciplinary depth and knowledge in all facets of education law. The firm’s education law practice group represents K-12 independent schools and colleges in New England, and provides consultation and training services to schools and school associations nationwide and internationally. We have extensive experience in understanding and mitigating against all risks facing educational institutions. We thrive when responding to legal and compliance challenges, always with a school’s own mission and culture in the mix as we partner to problem-solve with our clients.
Risk Management and Counseling
We provide day-to-day counseling assistance on every aspect of school operations affecting both students and employees.
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McLane Middleton is experienced at dealing with virtually every kind of crisis a school might face, including natural disasters and pandemics, to serious misconduct toward students and employees, including alumni reports of sexual abuse that surface in the current day.
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Consulting and Investigations
We understand that the quality of an investigation will enhance our clients’ efforts to provide a safe and supportive environment and can reduce the expenses of litigation and reputational harm posed by inadequate responses to allegations of harassment, discrimination, sexual and other misconduct.
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Our education group provides risk management training for administrators, faculty and staff, health center staff and counselors, and students to help prepare them to address the myriad issues that arise during the daily routines at day and boarding schools.
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Our attorneys serve as expert witnesses in numerous lawsuits involving the duty of care for child safeguarding applicable to youth-serving organizations, including schools, athletic clubs, and religious institutions.
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Our attorneys counsel educational institutions on governance matters, including updating bylaws, ensuring compliance with state and federal non-profit regulations and filings, and establishing gift acceptance, conflict of interest, document retention, and whistleblower policies.
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Corporate, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates, Tax
Schools are mission-driven organizations but are also businesses, and our corporate, real estate, trust and estates, and tax attorneys counsel educational institutions on all of the issues overseen by the business office. From issuing bonds, to managing endowments, to handling property acquisition and development, to analyzing deferred compensation plans for senior administrators, McLane’s lawyers are poised to offer strategic advice.
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Privacy and Information Security
McLane Middleton’s Privacy and Information Security Group helps schools manage and address the risks inherent in our digital world. Technology is ingrained in every aspect of our lives. Society can hardly move fast enough to adopt today’s newest technologies before tomorrow’s arrive in our schools, and into the hands of our students and educators. Remote learning and its challenges—in some form—may be with us to stay. Along with such tremendous new developments come significant new risks and our team is available to assist schools with auditing their current practices and anticipating new challenges.
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We routinely assist schools with intellectual property matters, such as how to best protect their valuable intellectual property rights as well as how to avoid infringing on the rights of others. In the area of trademark protection, we secure U.S. protection/registration of school names and crests/logos (service marks). In addition , we advise and assist schools with expanding trademark protection to various school publications, clothing and other merchandise (trademarks). We also advise schools on copyright matters, including securing copyright ownership and infringement.
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Trial Practice and Litigation
McLane Middleton is a regional leader in litigation involving education institutions. We handle all types of litigation against schools and their employees, including employment, environmental, criminal, construction, and insurance litigation.
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