Our attorneys have a range of experience, enabling them to serve clients in matters related to public schools and districts, private schools, colleges, universities, and educational service providers in both the public and for-profit sectors.
In-house counsel and other organizational leaders generally have a sophisticated grasp of the legal requirements that underpin their actions. That means when an educational organization is looking for legal help, it needs a law firm whose lawyers not only have a deep understanding of education law but who are also equipped to develop and provide practical solutions to the very specific problems that face educational organizations. And, when the organization is sued, outside counsel must handle the litigation with the sensitivity that its mission requires. Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller lawyers are equipped to do just that.Meet Our Education Team
The lawyers in our Education Law practice are extraordinarily talented, with a wealth of experience both inside and outside private practice. Bonnie Hoffman represents school districts, independent schools, charter schools, and also provides guidance to parents and students, in the public and for-profit education sectors. She is well versed in both state and federal education laws, including those regarding special education, and is able to advise educational entities on how those laws and others impact them. Our team also includes two former Philadelphia City Solicitors, Mark Aronchick and Joseph Dworetzky; Joe also served a term as a member of Philadelphia's School Reform Commission.
Our experience dealing with federal and state statutes, regulations, and agency guidance that impact on educational organizations gives us a unique perspective on the legal problems that concern educational organizations.
Apart from the legal work we perform on behalf of our education clients, many of our lawyers sit on the boards of public school districts, private schools, colleges, and universities. In addition, our lawyers have lectured on education law to undergraduate and graduate level university students as well as to the National Association of College and University Attorneys.
Defending universities and graduate institutions in a range of matters
We have represented major universities in a wide variety of litigation, including matters involving intellectual property disputes, First Amendment challenges, antitrust allegations, civil rights actions, research misconduct investigations, as well as tort and contract actions. Our work has encompassed all areas of administration, faculty, student, and alumni matters. For example, our lawyers have successfully:
Representing public, private, and charter schools
Our lawyers have frequently been hired by private and public entities in the Pre-K-12 education arena to handle a wide range of matters including the following:
Advising on how state and federal statutes affect schools
Our lawyers are well versed in education statutes and regulations including the Pennsylvania Public School Code, federal and state “Right to Know” acts, the Pennsylvania “Sunshine Act,” the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Title IX. We are able to advise independent and for-profit schools as well as other educational entities on how those laws and others impact them. We also understand accreditation issues, having counseled an accreditation organization that reviews colleges, universities, secondary schools, and primary schools.
We are defending a private preschool against charges of unlawful disability discrimination in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, stemming from a complaint by parents that the school discriminated against a student based on the student’s disability when the school disenrolled the student.