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School Law

Scarinci Hollenbeck works with educational institutions throughout the entire State and provides comprehensive general and special counsel representation to universities, community colleges, school districts and other private education clients.

Areas of Service

Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Education Law Group focuses on the needs of educational institutions throughout New Jersey. Attorneys in the group provide comprehensive general and special counsel representation to university, community college, school district and other private education clients. The Education Law Group provides a full range of services, including employment law and labor relations and provides all related trial and appellate litigation, as well as all administrative agency work.

The extensive knowledge and experience of the attorneys in the Group, combined with that of the attorneys throughout the firm, enables Scarinci Hollenbeck to assist their education clients in every area of law that affects them. Just some of the areas in which we have assisted our school board clients include 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 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.

Scarinci Hollenbeck assists many of its school district clients with special education matters. We regularly provide counseling to school boards and school district administration in all aspects of special education, including participating in mediations and due process hearings before the Office of Administrative Law. We also counsel Child Study Teams on a regular basis regarding the myriad of issues that arise in the special education context.

We also provide our school district clients assistance with development projects, including all phases of project development, construction, and dispute resolution. We routinely draft, review, and negotiate contracts and bid specifications and are experienced in claims analysis, negotiation and litigation. During the construction process, we work closely with all parties involved, including attorneys, staff, engineers and architects. And when necessary, we resolve questions and issues involving finance options, federal and state grants, state regulations, environmental permitting, condemnation, contract and bid specifications, performance, or payment bond defaults or insurance contract interpretation. We provide ongoing advice, including the initial evaluation of issues related to bid disputes, construction claims, and change orders and work closely with the architect and construction manager to attempt to resolve any issues before formal dispute resolution or litigation proceedings are necessary.

Our knowledge and experience includes all phases of employment law and labor relations. We are capable of providing all related trial and appellate litigation, as well as all 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 Department of Personnel, the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission and the Office of Administrative Law. In addition, several members of the firm litigate all types of employment 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 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 general.