Education Law

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Educational Law

Bryan M. Dench

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott’s education law attorneys have decades of experience working with public school units, private schools and institutions of higher education.  For example, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott’s education lawyers serve as general counsel for Bates College, Maine School Administrative District No. 52 and other school units across the state. We also represent a number of municipalities and local governments that operate schools or interact with school units in their jurisdictions.

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott’s education law attorneys advise school boards and education leaders on planning, public finance, school consolidation, student issues and student discipline, personnel and employment matters. Aware of the budgetary constraints that schools systems face, we try to guide school boards to act so as to avoid legal challenges and litigation costs. Every child in Maine is entitled to a sound, basic education and our attorneys are committed to helping school units achieve that end.

Our education attorneys also serve as trusted advisors to college and university administrators on a broad range of issues, including:

  • Risk management
  • Intellectual property
  • Guidance for parental notification of student information
  • Student health and safety
  • Tenure decisions
  • Federal education law compliance such as IDEA, ADA and FERPA

Based in central Maine, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is a full-service law firm and has built a reputation as one of Maine’s most respected and effective law firms. We serve individuals, businesses and government clients in Portland, South Portland, Biddeford, Lewiston, Auburn, Rockland, Augusta, Waterville and Bangor, as well as Androscoggin, Cumberland and York counties and throughout Maine.