Author: Michael P. McKeon

Out of Bounds: Title IX, Off-Campus Conduct, and Yeasin V. University of Kansas

The Kansas Court of Appeals’ decision in Yeasin v. University of Kansas, stands for the proposition that educational institutions must act with both precision and foresight when delineating their disciplinary authority. Of greater interest, Yeasin addresses, at least implicitly, the question of whether Title IX requires colleges and universities to address gender discrimination that occurs…

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Pullman & Comley Attorneys Speak at CABE/CAPSS Annual Convention

Mark J. Sommaruga, Susan L. Scott, and Michael P. McKeon of Pullman & Comley’s School Law Section spoke on a number of education law topics at the annual joint convention of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents [CABE/CAPSS]. The convention was held on November 20 and…

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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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