Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
800.727.1941

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PRACTICE GROUP LEADER

Peter C. Felmly
207.253.0573 Direct
pfelmly@dwmlaw.com

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School & Education
Practice Overview
Disability Law
School Computer & Technology
School Employment
School Law Seminars, Workshops & Publications
School Policy Analysis
Special Education

SCHOOL & EDUCATION

PRACTICE GROUP LEADER SMALL

Peter C. Felmly
207.253.0573 Direct
pfelmly@dwmlaw.com

RELATED PROFESSIONALS

Demetrio F. Aspiras

S. Campbell Badger

Michael L. Buescher

Ann S. Chapman

Jerrol A. Crouter

Agnieszka A. (Pinette) Dixon

Isabel B. Ekman

Erin R. Feltes

Meghan S. Glynn

Eric R. Herlan

Melissa A. Hewey

Greg Im

David M. Kallin

James T. Kilbreth

Jeanne M. Kincaid

Hannah E. King

Allen L. Kropp

Laurel A. (Van Buskirk) McClead

Jeana M. McCormick

Elek A. Miller

James A. O'Shaughnessy

Michael J. Opuda

Harry R. Pringle

Daniel J. Rose

Richard A. Spencer

Christopher G. Stevenson

E. William Stockmeyer

Amy K. Tchao

Tom Trenholm

Matthew H. Upton

Penelope Wheeler-Abbott

Gerald M. Zelin

Kimberly A. Pacelli

Bruce W. Smith

Connor P. Schratz

Kathleen E. Landis

Laura J. O'Neill



School & Education


Disability Law

School Computer & Technology

School Employment

School Law Seminars, Workshops & Publications

School Policy Analysis

Special Education



Drummond Woodsum represents both public and private schools throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Our education attorneys and consultants provide advice and representation to schools and school boards in all areas of the law including student rights, policy analysis, collective bargaining, computer and technology, employment, employee benefits, freedom of access issues, special education and litigation.  The group utilizes a team approach in representing its clients to ensure that  someone with appropriate expertise is always available to respond to phone calls and to attend meetings and hearings whenever and wherever necessary. 

School Employment
 
Drummond Woodsum attorneys represent school districts in both Maine and New Hampshire on all aspects of employment law. We advise schools on complex issues related to such federal laws as the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, and their state counterparts. We help our school clients avoid liability through sound advice, the analysis and development of effective school policies, and seminars for school boards and administrators. We routinely assist clients with difficult employee termination and discrimination issues, and when matters cannot otherwise be resolved we represent schools in mediation, arbitration, court litigation, and administrative hearings before state and local agencies.

Employee Benefits
 
Drummond Woodsumprovides a full range of services related to employee benefits for school employees. Our attorneys advise school clients with respect to deferred compensation plans, such as 403(b) plans, 457 plans, the Maine State Retirement System, and Section 218 Agreements. Our attorneys also have extensive experience advising clients with regard to Social Security and Medicare, health insurance, cafeteria plans, COBRA, HIPAA and disability plans.

Collective Bargaining
 
Drummond Woodsum represents school districts in both Maine and New Hampshire in all aspects of collective bargaining with unionized staff. Our attorneys and consultants act as chief negotiators at the bargaining table for clients or provide advice for clients when representation at the bargaining table is not necessary. We also represent our school clients in all statutory dispute resolution procedures, state labor relations board proceedings, and grievance arbitrations, in addition to providing advice on effective strategies to counter union organizational campaigns.

Special Education
 
Special education law is a tapestry of federal and state laws and regulations that were enacted to prohibit discrimination against children with special needs and to ensure that all children receive a free and appropriate public education. Drummond Woodsum attorneys and consultants have vast experience in navigating federal and state special education laws, advising schools on legal issues relating to the delivery of special education services to public school students, and representing schools in disputes that arise under state and federal special education laws. Our attorneys and consultants are also well-positioned to provide on-going case consultation services, including IEP Team facilitation, and to help school districts effectively manage difficult cases and, whenever possible, avoid costly litigation.

Disability Law
 
Drummond Woodsum attorneys advise many public and private sector clients on the scope of their duties toward students, employees and other persons with disabilities, including the provision of reasonable accommodations, building accessibility issues, and representation in legal disputes arising under the ADA, Section 504, state and federal special education laws, and state human rights acts.

Public Finance
 
Drummond Woodsum’s public finance law team serves as bond counsel and issuer’s counsel on behalf of municipalities, school districts, counties, and other governmental entities. We have extensive experience with many aspects of public finance law including tax exempt bonds, tax credit bonds, TRANs and lease purchase agreements. More generally, we advise our clients on a wide range of financial and business matters, including local budget authorization, tax assessment, education funding, reorganization, employee benefits, public bidding and procurement. We have extensive experience representing the public owner in all aspects of construction projects.

School Policy Analysis
 
Drummond Woodsum attorneys and consultants assist school districts with drafting and analyzing school board policies, administrative procedures, school rules and student and staff handbooks to ensure compliance with legal requirements and best practices.

School Computer & Technology Law
 
Drummond Woodsum advises school units on a wide variety of issues relating to computer technology and use of smart phones, cell phones and other devices, including acceptable use policies for students and employees, investigation of misuse of the internet by students and employees, and contracts with software and hardware vendors and internet service providers.

Higher Education Law
 
Drummond Woodsum attorneys serve as General Counsel and Special Counsel to colleges and universities throughout the United States. Representation includes providing legal counsel and trial services in the areas of faculty tenure, employment law, student discipline, employment discrimination, public accommodation discrimination, disability rights, First Amendment issues, real estate, finance, planned giving, torts and insurance, and risk management.


REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS & MATTERS

  • Towns of Sandown and Danville v. Timberlane Regional School District
  • Regional School Unit No. 5 v. The Coastal Education Association
  • Mount Abram Teachers Association v. M.S.A.D. 58
  • Michael Doyle v. Town of Falmouth, et al.,
  • Doe v. Regional School Unit 26
  • Godin v. Machiasport School Department
  • Baer v. N.H. Dep't of Educ.
  • Avery v. N.H. Dep't of Educ
  • Appeal of Michael Silverstein
  • Cookson v. Brewer School Department
  • Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc. v. Portland School Committee
  • Cyr v. Madawaska School District
  • Kropp v. Maine School Administrative District #44
  • Fitzpatrick v. Town of Falmouth, et al.
  • Cole v. Maine School Administrative District No. 1
  • Hasenfus v. LaJeunesse
 
 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Schools, Technology and the Law
November 8, 2018

Section 504 Webinar Series: Everything You Need to Know!
November 7, 14 & 19, 2018

5th Annual Maine School Business Officials Seminar
October 18, 2018

NEWS

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 33 Drummond Woodsum Attorneys
August 16, 2018

Peter Felmly to Lead Drummond Woodsum's School and Local Government Group
June 7, 2018

Laura O’Neill Joins Drummond Woodsum’s Special Education Practice
May 24, 2018

Six Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Named 2018 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
May 7, 2018


ARTICLES

Consider Input of Private School Staff in IEP Process
January 17, 2018

Two Years After the Amendment to RSA 193:12: Has Your District Made the Adjustment?
Summer 2014

First Circuit Finds for Falmouth on FAPE
Winter 2017

Limits on Teacher Free Speech Still Being Tested
Winter 2017


PRESENTATIONS

2018 Bradley F. Kidder Educational Law Conference
October 3, 2018

USM EDU 678 School Law
Summer 2018

2018 Seminar for School and District Secretaries, Special Education Secretaries, and Administrative Assistants
April 3-4, 2018

Affirmative Action and Beyond: What School Administrators Need to Know to Investigate and Address Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying
September 21, 2017





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