School Law (and Special Education)

Capehart & Scatchard, P.A., founded in 1876, is one of the most established law firms in New Jersey. Within that heritage, we have represented New Jersey school districts since 1968. We have continued to maintain our strong presence in the school law area over the last 31 years in the capacity as both labor counsel and solicitor for many New Jersey school districts.

Legal Services

We take an active role in state and national programs sponsored by various professional educational associations, including the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey School Business Officials Association, the National School Boards Association, and the New Jersey League of Municipalities. Our commitment to continuing legal education in the school law area also includes speaking engagements in a variety of settings. On numerous occasions, we have been asked to give in-service educational programs to school districts and other education Practices. These presentations have focused on the following topics:

  • Parliamentary Procedures
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Open Public Meetings Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Public School Contracts Law
  • Special Education & Section 504
  • Student Assaults on Teachers
  • Megan’s Law Notification
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Pupil Records

We also advise school districts about developments in the law affecting them. The topics have included:

  • Employer Trip Reduction Program
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Employment Manual
  • Search and Seizure

Firm Experience and Highlights

Further, we regularly make presentations to the New Jersey League of Municipalities, New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Association of School Business Officials and County roundtable meetings.

Presentations have been made on the following topics:

  • Search and Seizure and Student Publications
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Sexual Harassment

Finally, regarding general school law matters, our library contains decisions reported in the New Jersey School Law Decisions, the New Jersey Administrative Reporter, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Law Reporter. As members of the National School Boards Association, we receive and read a host of national publications dealing with issues common to school boards across the country. With respect to school labor matters, our library contains all decisions by PERC, as well as national arbitration reporters and other publications dealing with school board issues. Additionally, the Firm subscribes to reports containing state and federal statutory, regulatory and common law, including statutes, regulations and decisions relating to education matters. Firm attorneys have access to a variety of computer research data bases including WESTLAW, and the services of a full-time librarian.