Phone: 612-436-4300
Fax: 612-436-4340

Phone: 612-436-4300
Fax: 612-436-4340

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School Law

RASW is the premier school law firm in Minnesota.  The firm also represents school districts in western Wisconsin.  Click on the practice areas below to learn more about the firm's extensive expertise in the area of school law.

General School Law

  • Board governance
  • Open Meeting Law
  • Minnesota Government Data Practices Law
  • Policy review
  • Contract review
  • Joint powers agreements
  • Election law
  • School district consolidations
  • School closings
  • Constitutional issues (free speech, due process, religion, search and seizure, equal protection & double jeopardy)
  • Conflict of interest issues
  • Charter school law
  • Charter school board training on board governance & employment
  • In-services
  • Litigation

Labor & Employment Law

  • Drafting and review of employment contracts
  • Drafting and review of personnel policies and employee handbooks
  • Wage and overtime issues (Fair Labor Standards Act)
  • Leave issues (Family Medical Leave Act)
  • Employee accommodation issues (religious and disability)
  • Employee dress
  • Constitutional issues (free speech, religion, due process, equal protection)
  • Drug & alcohol testing
  • Veterans preference hiring issues and hearings
  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements
  • Interpretation of collective bargaining agreements
  • Unit clarification hearings
  • Grievance arbitrations
  • Interest arbitrations
  • Teacher Continuing Contract Law & Teacher Tenure Act
  • Employee discipline
  • Discharge hearings
  • Responding to EEOC and Minnesota Department of Human Rights complaints
  • Lay offs & employee restructuring
  • Investigations
  • Litigation

Student Issues

  • Pupil Fair Dismissal Act
  • Expulsion hearings
  • Investigations
  • Access to school facilities (Equal Access Act)
  • Athletic eligibility questions and hearings pursuant to the Minnesota State High School League Bylaws
  • Constitutional issues (free speech, due process rights, religion, search and seizure, equal protection)
  • Data requests (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Minnesota Government Data Practices Act)
  • Student dress
  • Pupil fee law
  • Transportation questions
  • Litigation

Special Education/Section 504

  • Day-to-day advice on Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) & Section 504
  • Responding to Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) complaints
  • Due process hearings
  • Section 504 hearings
  • Litigation

Real Estate/Construction

  • Contract review, including AIA documents and energy efficiency contracts
  • Bid law
  • Best value purchasing
  • Land purchase and sale
  • Eminent domain
  • Leases and lease purchase agreements
  • Environmental issues
  • Recreational use agreements
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation

Teaching and Learning

  • No Child Left Behind Act
  • Teacher evaluations
  • Staff development and in-services
  • Data retention requirements
  • Teacher licensing issues
  • Student rights and student support services