Student Civil Rights Litigation Against School Districts – Have the Floodgates Opened?
The rights of public education students have been a hot topic in the news with an unprecedented number of US Supreme Court cases on issues including disability rights, transgender rights and special education. Moreover, attorneys representing students have trended towards “enhancing” their claims and lawsuits with actions founded in “civil rights.” This seminar will cover the elements of these types of cases, the types of damages available to claimants, and strategies to dismiss or minimize the impact of this type of litigation through the discussion of real life case studies and war stories from the panel.
At the completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
- Understand the federal and state laws under which claims and suits may be brought and the best defenses and settlement strategies available to eliminate or minimize exposure
- Evaluate pre-litigation claims under the Government Claims Act and other statutes for timeliness and appropriateness
- Help Districts protect themselves by coordinating across departments and addressing injuries and grievances before they become a claim or suit
- Kimberly A. Smith, Attorney, Law Offices of Kimberly A. Smith
- Melissa Hatch, Partner, Hatch & Cesario
- John W. Dietrich, Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo
Interest areas: General Interest; Property & Liability