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Education: K-12 Education

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn's education law team comprises attorneys who regularly work with a variety of public and private educational institutions and who appreciate the need to thoughtfully evaluate how legal decisions and strategies intersect with each education client's overall educational mission.

Our education law attorneys are knowledgeable about traditional legal issues facing educational institutions, including student conduct and dismissal matters; employment matters, such as teacher rights; and unique aspects of serving the "business" needs of educational institutions, such as public records and meetings, public contracting, land use, education records issues, compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations, construction contracting, and financing required for expansion projects. We are proud of our ability to anticipate and respond to the evolving legal service needs of our education clients and to work with educational institutions to support their educational missions.

Representative Experience

Represented school district in First Amendment claims arising out of discipline of student who made inappropriate statements about others on Web site; student represented by American Civil Liberties Union.
Review, draft, and negotiate general business agreements for school districts, colleges, and universities, including lease agreements, promissory notes and trust deeds, releases, waivers, policies, purchase and sale agreements, easements, intergovernmental agreements, license agreements, affiliation agreements, co-branding agreements, and services agreements. 
  • Represented a university in a lease and multi-year service contract for photocopiers, mail room services and copy room services.
  • Represented a school district in documenting rights and obligations in a long-term collaboration with a nonprofit university.
  • Represented a university in evaluating a potential merger, affiliation, or asset acquisition of another nonprofit organization.
  • Represented a university in documenting the affiliation with another nonprofit organization.
Advise school districts on all aspects of charter schools, including review and evaluation of charter school applications, drafting and negotiating charter school agreements, oversight of charter schools, and termination of nonperforming charter schools.
Represented Portland School District discrimination claim before Oregon Supreme Court in which the Court upheld school district's practice.
Obtained jury verdict in favor of employer in lawsuit asserting disability discrimination, workers’ compensation discrimination, and violation of whistleblower statute.