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Education & Special Education

Today’s educational institutions face a range of complex legal issues at least as broad as those faced by highly-regulated industries. Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP has one of the most extensive education law practices in New England. The firm represents over 80 school committees, public school districts, colleges and universities and private schools. Its diverse school clientele ranges from large cities and towns to smaller communities and educational collaboratives. The firm’s attorneys have the expertise, experience and resources to service all of their legal needs, including collective bargaining, special education, arbitrations, litigation and the full range of current legal issues, including student rights and discipline, service contracts, discrimination, the impact of Education Reform, and all statutory issues.

A significant part of the Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP education law practice is in the field of special education. In this area, the firm has counseled over 200 school committees on the adequacy of programs under Chapter 766 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It has represented clients in hearings and litigation arising under these and other statutes.

The firm has concentrated in education law for more than 25 years, and can provide first-rate, comprehensive legal services efficiently and cost-effectively. The firm emphasizes a preventive maintenance approach, based upon our strong belief that proper legal advice prevents problems before they occur. The firm devotes a considerable part of our practice to assisting our clients in anticipating problems and avoiding costly disputes and litigation through client training and communication.

The firm’s experience in the field of education enables us to provide our clients with a broad range of services in such operation and legal matters as:

  • All facets of labor and employment including hiring, tenure, discipline, termination and collective bargaining.
  • Issues pertaining to the powers and duties of administrators and school committees, and matters of governance.
  • Interrelationships among the school, municipal, state and federal government relative to a number of issues including school finance.
  • All facets of special education and education of persons with disabilities including section 504 and the ADA.
  • Training and staff development.
  • Evaluation of staff.
  • Accreditation processes.
  • Constitutional questions covering all curricular and disciplinary topics such as student rights, academic freedom, church/state dilemmas and due process.
  • Plant operation functions such as procurement, construction, facilities development and contract negotiations with service providers.
  • Representation in agency, court and appellate litigation.

Contact us today if you have questions about Education & Special Education

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Felicia S. Vasudevan

(617) 479-5000 fvasudevan@mhtl.com

Ms. Vasudevan is an attorney in the firm’s Education Law and Special Education Law Groups, working in regular and special education issues. Ms. Vasudevan represents school districts in all aspects of special education litigation, from administrative hearings at the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) through to all levels of judicial appeal.  She represents school districts in matters of student discipline, civil rights issues, collective bargaining, public procurement, and employment issues.  She presents workshops on issues such as conducting investigations, evaluations, Read More

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Andrew J. Waugh

(617) 479-5000 awaugh@mhtl.com

General counsel to a number of towns and school committees, Mr. Waugh’s practice focuses on education and municipal law, with an emphasis labor and employment matters. Mr. Waugh works with and advises employers on various employment matters including hiring, discipline and termination issues, drafting severance agreements, FMLA and ADA issues, and compliance with other state and federal discrimination and/or civil rights laws. Mr. Waugh has extensive experience negotiating and drafting collective bargaining agreements, and he defends employers in grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges Read More

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David O. Satin

(617) 479-5000 dsatin@mhtl.com

Mr. Satin is an attorney in the firm’s Education Law Group, who works primarily on special and regular education issues. Mr. Satin received his Juris Doctorate from Northeastern School of Law. Prior to law school, Mr. Satin worked as an applied behavioral counselor at a private residential school. While at Northeastern School of Law, Mr. Satin participated in the domestic violence clinic and interned at the Boston Juvenile Court, a private special education firm, and two legal service organizations working Read More

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