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Preparing Your School For More Effective Crisis Response: Two Essential Organizational Prerequisites

Written by: David Wolowitz

Published in The Trustee's Letter (January/February 2017)

A claim of sexual misconduct invariably triggers a crisis for a school.  The stakes for a school responding to this type of crisis are high.  Missteps can result in significant harm to a school's most valuable asset, its reputation.  Damage to a school's reputation can adversly impact relationships with students, parents, alumni, donors, and prospective applicants.

Two key organizational elements are crucial for helping schools weather the storm in such a crisis.  First, the board and the administration must have a collaborative working relationship.  Second, the school must have established principles to guide the board and the administration during the crisis.

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At McLane Middleton we establish and maintain long-standing relationships with our clients to help us better achieve their unique goals over time. This approach to building trust requires that our esteemed lawyers and professionals use their broad, in-depth knowledge and work together with integrity to ascertain sound resolutions to legal matters for their clients.

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McLane Middleton is made up of more than 105 attorneys who represent a broad range of clients throughout the region, delivering customized solutions. As a firm we are recognized as having the highest legal ability rating. The firm is rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized as one of the nation's leading law firms in Chambers USA. Our attorneys are distinguished leaders in their respective practice areas.

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Commitment and collaboration

McLane Middleton's versatile group of attorneys and paralegals become trusted authorities on each case through collaboration. We work with our clients to learn their individual needs first and foremost and, together, we develop comprehensive solutions to their specific legal matters. This approach helps us exceed our clients' expectations efficiently and effectively, client by client, case by case.

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A history of excellence

McLane Middleton was established in 1919 in New Hampshire, and has five offices across two states. However, deep historical roots don't allow you to become innate. Our firm is organized, technological, and knowledgeable. Our history means we are recognized. But our reputation is built on the highest quality of service and experience in very specific areas of law.

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Intelligence paired with action

Our team continuously seeks opportunities to enhance their professional development and put key learnings to action. The pursuit of further insight guides us to volunteer service opportunities, speaking engagements, and teaching roles. Our lawyers are sought after thought leaders across their industries, and recipients of leadership awards throughout the region.