Schools, Colleges and Universities

Bulkley Richardson provides high quality legal representation to colleges and universities, independent schools and public schools, and also to a variety of tax-exempt educational institutions. These clients have a wide variety of legal challenges and require broad expertise to meet those challenges. Moreover, the law changes rapidly in this area. Today, we continue to be at the forefront of the evolving legal landscape and continue to be committed to assisting our educational clients to achieve their critical missions.

Representative experience includes:

  • Investigation, and advice, regarding inappropriate student and faculty behavior or conduct
  • Advise regarding federal and state laws and regulations governing the educational environment, student and faculty behavior, funding, and school practices. Included in these areas, among others, are Title IX issues, special education issues, and school needs issues
  • Advise regarding federal and state laws and regulatory issues relating to school health
  • Development of restorative justice practices and programs to deal with student and faculty behavior issues
  • Review of student conduct codes
  • Endowment and trust matters
  • Employment and labor matters including policy and handbook development and management of specific personal issues
  • Business and contracting matters including specialized issues such as:
  • Intellectual property
  • Information technology systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Financing and bonds
  • Real estate and housing development including public private partnerships and consideration of a real estate holding company subsidiary
  • Construction of school facilities
  • Litigation in state and federal courts and alternative dispute resolution (in many cases, our fees may be covered by United Educators)
  • Regulatory compliance and government strategies, including representation before administrative agencies and boards
  • Taxation issues