Parker & Covert LLP advises school districts and community colleges on all aspects of student matters and student services, including student rights, conduct, discipline, grade grievances, and discrimination complaints.
Our attorneys are available to provide legal support and guidance regarding First Amendment matters, student publications, FERPA and privacy concerns, and student conduct and discipline. We have experience in developing district policies and administrative regulations, as well as developing practical solutions and responding to litigation with a cost-effective approach.
Current technology presents challenges in dealing with student misconduct and student bullying through the use of social network sites, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Our attorneys are experienced in handling matters involving free speech and appropriate student behavior and provide our clients with thoughtful and cost-conscious solutions to difficult student matters.
We regularly represent school districts and community colleges in the handling of discrimination, harassment, and bullying complaints, including investigations by the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education, and California Community College Chancellor's Office. When litigation of student issues is necessary, our attorneys represent schools and community colleges in both state and federal courts.
Our attorneys serve as counsel to school boards and hearing panels in their findings in the administration of student discipline determination. We are also advocates on behalf of districts in student discipline hearings before administrative hearing panels and boards. Our firm also works closely with Child Welfare and Attendance departments on issues involving truancy, compliance with compulsory education laws, inter- and intra-district transfers, proof of residency, and hearings before Student Attendance Review Boards.