Education Law

Practice Leader

Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Education Law attorneys work with educational institutions throughout the state, providing comprehensive general and special counsel representation to universities, community colleges, school districts, charter schools, and other private education clients.

Areas of Service

We provide comprehensive general and special counsel representation to university, community college, school district and other private education clients. Our full range of service offerings includes employment law and labor relations and all related trial and appellate litigation, and all administrative agency work.

The knowledge and experience of the attorneys in the group, combined with that of the attorneys throughout the firm, enables us to assist our education clients in
virtually every area of law affecting them. Our team approach in servicing our educational institutional clients is not only cost effective, but enables us to offer our clients a full spectrum of services.

Some of the many areas in which we have assisted our clients in the education sector include:

  • bullying hearings;
  • residency disputes;
  • bidding questions;
  • drafting specifications;
  • seniority questions;
  • tenure questions;
  • non-renewals;
  • increment withholdings;
  • special education;
  • contracts;
  • teacher certification;
  • first amendment rights of students, parents and staff;
  • construction issues;
  • bonding;
  • land use;
  • election issues;
  • disciplinary matters;
  • workers’ compensation matters; and
  • general public agency issues.
Our Approach

Our knowledge and experience includes all phases of education law and labor relations. We are capable of providing all related trial and appellate litigation, as well as administrative agency work. We negotiate collective bargaining agreements, conduct mediation and fact-finding proceedings, and frequently appear at grievance arbitration hearings. We routinely appear before the Commissioner of Education, the Civil Service Commission, the School Ethics Commission, the New Jersey Public Employment Relations
Commission and the Office of Administrative Law. In addition, several members of the firm litigate all types of education disputes on a routine basis. We provide legal research and advisory opinions to our clients as needed and review and draft resolutions and motions on a regular basis.

We review and draft contracts and agreements and are available to attend all regular and special meetings of our clients. We stay abreast of changes promulgated by the Department of Education and advise our clients with regard to how it impacts spending, employment contracts, and the collective bargaining process in the educational setting.