Author: Michael P. McKeon

Attorneys McKeon and Schurin Address Connecticut Association of Independent Schools on Transgender Student Issues

On October 19, 2015, Pullman & Comley School Law attorneys Michael P. McKeon and Zachary D. Schurin gave a presentation entitled “Transforming Equity: The Law and Transgender Students” to members of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools [“CAIS”]. The presentation covered an array of topics including relevant statutes and new case law, bathroom and locker…

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Website Posting Requirements – Make Sure Your District’s Website Is Legally Compliant

The October 2015 edition of The CABE Journal features an article written by attorneys Zachary D. Schurin and Michael P. McKeon entitled “Board Members’ Homework Assignment: Make Sure Your District’s Website is Legally Compliant” that gives an overview of board of education and charter school website postings mandated by state law. The article is available…

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Making Bad Choices: TITLE IX, TITLE VII AND LUDLOW V. NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

A prior post  considered the case of Ha v. Northwestern University, in which the plaintiff claimed that Northwestern had violated Title IX by insufficiently disciplining one of its professors, Peter Ludlow, despite concluding that he had gotten Ha, a freshman, too intoxicated to offer “meaningful consent” and had then made inappropriate sexual advances.  Surprisingly, despite…

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Taking The “Due” Out of Due Process – OSERS and Compliance Complaints

During a brief altercation in Dashiell Hammett’s classic novel, The Maltese Falcon, the protagonist, Sam Spade, warns one of his antagonists that “when you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it.”  That is much the same approach taken by the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services [“OSERS”] when it…

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Does One Wrong Equal No Rights? Connecticut Lets Its Surrogate Parents’ Contracts Lapse

Due to the State Department of Education’s failure to provide new contracts in a timely manner, Connecticut’s approximately 74 surrogate parents have found themselves in limbo.  Surrogate parents are appointed by the State Department of Education [“SDE”] to advocate on behalf of disabled students who have no parents, whose parents are incapable of meaningfully participating…

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Pullman & Comley’s April 21, 2015 Special Education Legal Issues Forum

Pullman & Comley School Law attorneys Michael McKeon, Mark Sommaruga and Susan Scott will present a forum for special education directors and administrators reviewing legal developments and trends including: settlement agreements, Section 504, Common Core and “Smarter Balanced” Tests-opt outs and other impacts, and review, revisions and updates to IEP Forms. Tuesday, April 21, 2015…

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Commentary: Newtown School Lawsuit Offers Painful Casting of Blame

Attorney Michael McKeon has a very insightful article about the lawsuits filed against the Newtown School District relating to the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy.  Mike discusses legal as well as practical issues involved in the plaintiff’s lawsuit.  You can find the Connecticut Law Tribune article here.  …

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The Ends Justify The Means: Ha v. Northwestern University and Responding to Sexual Harassment Under Title IX

The recent decision in Ha v. Northwestern University,   reiterates the leeway educational institutions have under Title IX when crafting a response to claims of sexual harassment.  The plaintiff in Ha alleged that in February 2012, when she was a freshman, a professor, Peter Ludlow, sexually assaulted her at his off-campus apartment after he had “caused her…

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Attorneys Michael McKeon, Mark Sommaruga and Zachary Schurin To Speak at 2014 CABE/CAPSS Convention

Pullman & Comley School Law attorneys Michael McKeon, Zachary D. Schurin and Mark Sommaruga will speak at the annual Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) and Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) 2014 convention, the theme of which is: “Public Education in 2027: Courageous Leadership Teams.” In the Section B Workshop, Mark —…

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