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Education Law

Defense of public sector employers in unreported labor arbitration hearings

Successfully defended public sector employers across Ohio in numerous unreported labor arbitration hearings.

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Managed care organization alliance

Represented a managed care organization in its negotiation of a strategic, multi-state alliance with another managed care organization. The firm represented the managed care organization during in-person and telephonic negotiations regarding the alliance and assisted in the drafting of the master alliance agreement and associated state-specific agreements. The firm also counseled the managed care organization with regard to the various legal implications of the alliance. Following the formation of the alliance, the firm has assisted the managed care organization with implementation in multiple states.

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Title IX investigator training

Served as the sole presenter at training workshops for Title IX investigators at the college and K-12 levels, helping administrators to become trauma-informed and approach cases involving sexual assault and intimate partner violence in an appropriate and equitable manner.  

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University defense in Section 504 discrimination claim

Successfully resolved claims of failure to accommodate a student in university programming.

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School employee termination defense

Obtained a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court of Ohio in a case involving a challenge by a non-teaching school employee who claimed the Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Act by deliberating about the decision to terminate his employment in executive session. The Court rejected  the appellant’s argument that an employee’s “Loudermill” hearing rights could serve as a basis to demand that deliberations about his employment occur in public. This decision sets favorable precedent for districts and public bodies across the State of Ohio.

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Open Meetings Act and due process challenge against a school board

Defended a school board against an Open Meetings Act and due process challenge filed by a terminated school employee. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the terminated employee had no right under ORC Section 121.22 to compel the school board to hold the hearing on his discharge in public.

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College defense of Title IX case

Won motion for summary judgment on a claim brought by a student disciplinary respondent against a college in a case involving allegations of sexual assault.

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School district settlement

Negotiated a settlement among school district parties to an annexation agreement regarding billing issues.

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College Credit Plus agreements

Drafted College Credit Plus agreements on behalf of both school districts and colleges to establish advanced standing programs.

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Title IX policies and procedures

Prepared and revised Title IX policies and procedures to comply with changing guidance.

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School district policies and handbooks

Revised student handbooks, athletic handbooks, extracurricular policies and drug testing policies for numerous school districts.

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Arbitration and EEOC charge relating to employment termination

Successfully defended a school district’s termination of an employee, obtaining a grievance arbitration award upholding the termination and dismissal of an EEOC charge alleging race and national origin discrimination.

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