Roetzel’s education attorneys work with institutions and organizations including public school districts, K–12 schools, charter schools, public and private colleges and universities, as well as trustees and governing boards, foundations, public and private organizations, and other entities. Our team responds to the full range of legal and regulatory issues facing the education sector today while preparing for future challenges. 

Our attorneys represent schools and institutions directly and work with an interdisciplinary team of lawyers to meet the needs of our clients.

We counsel clients on a broad range of matters such as student discipline, teacher evaluations, staff misconduct, technology use, employment agreements, collective bargaining and contract administration, public finance and bond law, policy development, special education, and public records. We ensure that institutions comply with state and federal regulatory requirements, open meetings obligations, and environmental rules concerning air and water quality. We also work with districts to manage their schools efficiently and cost-effectively, assist with responses to media inquiries and to develop and execute rapid responses when emergencies and unforeseen problems arise. 

Our education practice features attorneys who represent schools and institutions directly and work with an interdisciplinary team of lawyers focused on workers’ compensation, unemployment issues, public finance, local government advocacy, risk and crisis management, privacy and data security, media matters, construction, real estate, employment litigation, and occupational health and safety concerns. In addition to working with in-house legal departments, Roetzel also regularly serves as outside general legal counsel for public school districts and other educational institutions.

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  1. Alerts
    Ohio Court Reaffirms Employer’s Right to Raise Voluntary Abandonment - Oct 11, 2021
    School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Laws: Safety Takes a Front Seat as Ohio Kids Head Back to Class - Sep 9, 2021
    HB 244 Prohibits COVID Vaccination Mandates in Public Schools - Jul 15, 2021
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    The Requirement of In-Person Public Meetings Resumes - Jul 6, 2021
    Ohio Supreme Court Rules that School Employees Must Undergo Training in Order to Carry Firearms on School Grounds - Jun 25, 2021
    Supreme Court Rules in Favor of High School Student in First Amendment Dispute - Jun 24, 2021
    U.S. Department of Education Issues New Interpretation Providing Protection Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity Under Title IX - Jun 17, 2021
    Eleventh Circuit Decision Creates Further Division Among Circuit Courts Regarding Website Accessibility and ADA - Apr 22, 2021
    Federal Government Makes Unexpected Announcement: States Must Administer Statewide Assessments in 2020-2021 School Year - Feb 24, 2021
    CDC Publishes New Guidance for the Reopening of Schools to In-person Learning - Feb 15, 2021
    Immunity Upheld for Teacher and School Officials on Parents’ Claims of Student Bullying - Jan 19, 2021
    SERB’s Picketing Restrictions Ruled Unconstitutional - Jan 7, 2021
    SolarWinds Breach – Is My City, County, School District at Risk? - Dec 23, 2020
    Public Employee Loses First Amendment Retaliation Claim After Publicly Posting a Racial Slur on Facebook That Caused Sufficient Workplace Disruption - Oct 14, 2020
    EEOC Acknowledges Limitations to Its Enforcement Powers in Recent Opinion Letter - Sep 14, 2020
    EEOC Provides Additional Guidance on ADA Compliance During COVID-19 - Sep 9, 2020
    Ohio Supreme Court Grants Interim Revival of Madison Local’s Resolution to Allow Employees to Carry Concealed Weapons - Aug 28, 2020
    Several Important Changes to Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law Approved by Governor DeWine - Jun 30, 2020
    And the Wall Between Church and State Continues to Crumble Under the Weight of the High Court’s Decision in Espinoza v. Montana Dep't of Revenue Allowing State Money to Fund Sectarian Schools Through Scholarship Programs - Jun 30, 2020
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    Key Issues to Address in Returning to Work - May 1, 2020
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    EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance to Address Employers Reopening for Business - Apr 24, 2020
    Armed School Personnel: A Judicial Update from the Twelfth District Court of Appeals - Apr 6, 2020
    In-Person Requirements Relative to Form I-9 Deferred if Workplace is Operating Completely Remotely - Mar 31, 2020
    To Evaluate or Not: Navigating Immediate and Future Implications of H.B. 197’s Provisions Regarding Teacher/Administrator Evaluations - Mar 31, 2020
    Ohio General Assembly Passes Emergency Legislation in Response to COVID-19 - Mar 26, 2020
    Open Meeting Act Guidance from Attorney General Dave Yost - Mar 15, 2020
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    "Cybersecurity 101: Education for Educators" - June 2020 - Roetzel Webinar
  3. Firm News
    Roetzel Continues Growth with Addition of Adrienne Kirshner in Cleveland - Sep 23, 2021
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch - Aug 19, 2021
    Susan Keating Anderson Named Chair of Roetzel’s Education Law Group - Apr 15, 2021
    Roetzel Continues Expansion with Addition of Two Attorneys in Cleveland - Feb 16, 2021
    Roetzel’s Reopening America Readiness Team Formed to Help Businesses Reopen - May 5, 2020