Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
Lebanon, NH        603.448.2221




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


SchoolLaw.com was developed by Drummond Woodsum, a law firm in Portland, Maine, Portsmouth and Manchester, New Hampshire, which has represented school districts for over 30 years. The firm’s school law practice group is committed to providing the best possible representation of school districts and helping to improve the education of children by providing services school leaders need to do their jobs effectively. SchoolLaw.com developed as a natural extension of this service philosophy.

Please note: SchoolLaw.com is intended to provide helpful information on topics of general interest to school leaders. This web site does not provide or substitute for legal advice and is not rendering legal services. If specific legal advice or assistance is required, the services of a competent attorney must always be sought.

Our school attorneys have published many books and manuals for educators and administrators:

  • Maine School Law, 5th Edition
  • 504 Management System for Schools
  • Maine School Law and Practice for Board Members – A Practical Guide 2014
  • Maine School Law for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  • Foreign Student Program Start-Up Guide
For a complete listing of publications, videos and event recordings, please visit our school website, www.SchoolLaw.com/publications

Seminars and Workshops
Drummond Woodsum offers a wide range of lively, practical and cost-effective training workshops, seminars and webinars throughout the year for school board members and employees on a wide-range of school law and related topics, such as collective bargaining, staff evaluation and supervision, special education, records management and retention, student discipline and technology, to name a few. For a complete calendar of our upcoming presentations, please visit SchoolLaw.com’s Calendar of Events. We also provide schools with experienced speakers who can present customized training workshops on any topics of interest to a particular district. Please contact Conference Administrator Jennifer Beckler for more information.

Web-based Services
We developed SchoolLaw.com as a compliment to our school law practice, designing the site specifically for school leaders to provide them access to the services and information they need to do their jobs effectively.    The site includes a number of links of interest to educators and administrators:

  • A comprehensive Calendar of Events, which includes many seminars, workshops and training webinars for educators on a wide range of topics
  • An extensive listing of Essential Links for school administrators and personnel
  • A catalog of Drummond Woodsum’s School Law-related Publications
  • Subscription access to the hundreds of School Law Advisory articles which are conveniently key word searchable for easy access to the information school leaders need at their fingertips 
With over one million visitors a year ServingSchools.com has become the # 1 source of education-related employment opportunities in Maine.  This online marketplace provides member schools and agencies a fast and easy way to get the word out about their job vacancies.  The site lists more Maine education-related jobs than any other website on the Internet today, and is completely free to job seekers from around the world.  Schools and agencies pay a reasonable annual membership to post unlimited job vacancies.  New for 2012 is the expansion of the site to serve New Hampshire schools and agencies as well.


2021 Maine School Finance Summer Institute (Virtual!)
July 21, 2021

2021 Maine Special Education School Law Summer Institute (Virtual!)
July 12, 2021

2021 Maine School Law Summer Institute (Virtual!)
July 12, 2021

School Boards: Leadership in Difficult Times
June 25, 2021


Limits on Teacher Free Speech Still Being Tested
Winter 2017

First Circuit Finds for Falmouth on FAPE
Winter 2017

Gone Phishing: Schools Increasingly Targets of Email Scams and Cyberattacks
Winter 2017

When One Parent Asks for School Records and the Other Parent Objects
Winter 2017


Better Get A Bigger Boat! How Special Ed Swallowed Regular Ed Discipline (and what to do about it)
February 10, 2021

Schools, Technology and the Law
February 8, 2021

Collective Bargaining During a Pandemic for School Board Members
January 22, 2021

Maine School Business Officials 7th Annual Law Seminar
October 9, 2020

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