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Capehart Scatchard Shareholders Present at NJSBA Spring School Law Forum

Capehart Scatchard Shareholders, Lauren E. Tedesco-Dallas, Esq. and Geoffrey N. Stark, Esq., spoke at the New Jersey School Boards Association’s Spring School Law Forum, held virtually on July 13, 2022.

Ms. Tedesco-Dallas and Mr. Stark presented an update on recent Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) cases and addressed practical concerns and considerations school districts are facing with HIB matters.

Ms. Tedesco-Dallas, concentrates her practice on the representation of boards of education and charter schools in all areas of school law including: labor and employment, special education, Section 504, student discipline, FERPA, Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, student residency, civil rights, tenure, OPRA, OPMA, and teaching staff tenure matters under TEACHNJ and ACHIEVENJ.

Mr. Stark concentrates his practice on the representation of boards of education and charter schools in all areas of school law including: labor and employment, special education, Section 504, student discipline, FERPA, Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, student residency, civil rights, tenure, OPRA, OPMA, and teaching staff tenure matters under TEACHNJ  and ACHIEVENJ.  Prior to joining Capehart Scatchard, Mr. Stark served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Education and Higher Education Section of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

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Capehart Scatchard Hosts First Year Law Students

PHOTO L to R: Dylan Brown; Rhasheda Douglas, Assistant Dean Rutgers Law School; Sandra Khalil; Erika Vasant; Jonathan Dodo; Lauren Ramos; Kate Isidro; Victoria Adeleke; Jasmyn Montgomery; Bruce Fluellen; Alexis McDonough; Angela Reading; Sanu Dev; Maura Burk; Stacey Gorin; Becky Batista

Capehart Scatchard hosted a panel discussion and luncheon on June 28, 2022 at its Mount Laurel office for first year law students from Rutgers Law School in Camden.  The students are part of the Rutgers Minority Student Program (MSP).  MSP serves Rutgers Law School students who are members of groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Capehart Scatchard attorneys, Maura Burk, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Stacey Gorin, Mary Ellen Rose, and Lauren Tedesco, and summer law clerks, Becky Batista, Angela Reading, and Erika Vasant served as panelists participating in a discussion on law careers in private practice.  The panelists shared insights about law school, judicial clerkships, and legal practice areas.  The event was hosted by Capehart Scatchard’s Diversity & Inclusion committee, which Ms. Dev leads.

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Capehart Scatchard Attorneys Take Part In Panel Discussion on LGBTQ Legislation

Capehart Scatchard attorneys, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev and Marie Michel, participated in a remote CLE entitled “Why Say Gay: A Look at Dangerous Trending Legislation.”  The CLE, held on June 23, 2022, was sponsored by the Burlington County Bar Association’s Diversity, Inclusion & Leadership Committee.  Ms. Dev is Co-Chair of the Committee.

Ms. Dev served as moderator for the panel discussion and Ms. Michel served as a panelist. The participants addressed anti-gay/anti-trans legislation throughout the country. Topics discussed included the cultural history of resistance and impact on intersex children, legislation passed in New Jersey on LGBTQ curriculum in public schools, rights of transgender students v. rights of teachers, and best practices approach for practitioners to discuss with clients.

Ms. Dev, a shareholder in the School Law Department, concentrates her practice on school law and labor and employment law.  She is experienced in representing, advising, and defending boards of education and charter schools in all areas of school law including: labor and employment, special education, Section 504, student discipline and civil rights.  Ms. Dev is the Chair of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which seeks to facilitate the Firm’s efforts to achieve and maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace at every level of our organization.   Upon graduation from Rutgers Law School, she worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C. (ret.) in Burlington County.

Ms. Michel, an associate in the Workers’ Compensation Department, received her law degree from Rutgers Law School, Camden and a B.S. degree in Marketing and a B.A. degree in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey.  Upon law school graduation, she worked as a law clerk in Burlington County for the Honorable Sander D. Friedman, J.S.C. and as a recall law clerk to the Honorable John E. Harrington, J.S.C. (Ret./Rec.) and the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C. (Ret./Rec.).  She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.

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Notable Win: Haddon Township BOE v. J.C. on behalf of J.C. (J.C., the minor student, is referred to as J.C.J. to distinguish party initials).

Client: Haddon Township BOE

Court: Office of Administrative Law

Trial Attorney: Robert A. Muccilli, Esq. 

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

The school district brought an action for emergent relief against J.C., on behalf of J.C.J., seeking an order to immediately place the student in an alternative placement of home instruction pending completion of a re-evaluation because maintaining the child’s current placement was substantially likely to result in injury to the child or to others, along with an order to compel parental consent for reevaluations.

The OAL concluded that the school district satisfied all of the requirements for emergent relief and ordered that the request for emergent relief be granted.  The OAL ordered that J.C.J. shall be immediately placed in an alternative placement of home instruction for dangerousness for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year and that J.C. shall fully cooperate with all efforts, requests and requirements in providing releases, scheduling and securing J.C.J.’s attendance at all evaluations/assessments.

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Notable Win: Haddonfield Borough Board of Education, Camden County v. M.L. and T.N. on behalf of J.N.

Client: Haddonfield Borough BOE

Court: Office of Administrative Law

Trial Attorney: Robert A. Muccilli, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

The school district brought an action for an expedited due process hearing and emergent relief with New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (“OAL”) seeking an interim alternative educational placement on the grounds that the continued the student’s placement in the Middle School was substantially likely to result in injury to the student and others.  M.L. and T.N., on behalf of J.N., filed a cross-petition for emergent relief with the OAL, seeking the immediate return of J.N. to school under the doctrine of stay-put.

Following oral argument on the respective emergent applications, OAL granted the school district’s application for emergent relief and removed J.N. from his placement.  The OAL further ordered that J.N.’s records may be released to out-of-district schools deemed appropriate by either or both parties for the purposes of evaluating J.N. for admission.