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School Board Liability for Sexual Abuse of Students by Staff - An Area to be Watched

In the last year, there have been two Ontario trial decisions dealing with sexual abuse of students by teachers. While we are still awaiting the full decision in the second case, it appears these cases may have yielded...more

School District’s Actions To Stop Bullying Not Enough To Avoid $1 Million Damages In Student-On-Student Harassment Case

In Zeno v. Pine Plains Central School District, the school district lost its challenge to a $1 million damage award for student-on-student harassment. Former student Anthony Zeno prevailed at trial against his school district...more

Suing For Wrongful Death Or Injury Following A College Hazing

The parents of Robert Champion from Decatur have been offered $300,000 by Florida A&M University to settle a wrongful death lawsuit related to the hazing of their son. The incident occurred in November of 2011 when students...more

$60 Million and Counting – Lessons from Penn State

On July 23, the NCAA imposed severe monetary and participation sanctions on the Penn State football program with the purpose of bringing about a cultural change at the school. NCAA President Mark Emmert stated “the...more

Peter J. Gregory Joins Board of Quad A for Kids

Peter J. Gregory has joined the Board of Trustees for Quad A for Kids. The group strives to take kids "Off the Streets and on to Life" by providing programs for Rochester's urban youth outside the normal school hours in a...more

The Student-Teacher Bond: How Close Is Too Close?

A recent court ruling in Texas shines a spotlight on the student-teacher boundary issues in schools. Recent headlines involving instances of teachers having allegedly inappropriate relationships with students always take our...more

School District May Have Special Relationship with Their Students Requiring Protection of Students' Personal Security

In Doe v. Covington County School District, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals considered the circumstances in which a school district is required to protect students’ personal security based on a special relationship with...more

10 Steps to Combat Bullying (With appreciation to the late Attorney Reed Martin)

An article describing how to address when one's child is bullied and preserve potential claims against a school district to receive damages under State and Federal law....more

Investigating Sexual Assault Claims - Even Private Colleges Are Vulnerable

A recent Tennessee federal jury case involving a private university reminds the academy of the critical need to balance fairly the interests of the accused and accuser in investigating sexual assault cases. While private...more

Asset Protection for Parents - Are Your Children A Lawsuit Exposure?

Asset Protection, Are Your Children A Lawsuit Exposure? We all like to think our kids are better behaved, smarter, and more sensible than the ones we see in the news or read about, but their exposures are unpredictable and...more

In Two Cases, Illinois Appellate Court Reaffirms Rule of Deference to Decisions of Academic Institutions

In two recent decisions, the Illinois Appellate Court confirmed that Illinois courts are precluded, except in rare circumstances, from second-guessing the decisions of educational institutions regarding students. In both...more

HOW TO FILE A CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT

This document shows HOW TO file a civil rights complaint for discrimination....more

CASE RESOULUTION FORM FOR CIVIL RIGHTS INVESTIGATIONS

This document provides guidelines for those whose civil rights have been violated and what appropriate remedies are available to patient/client....more

CASE RESOULUTION FORM FOR CIVIL RIGHTS INVESTIGATIONS

This document provides guidelines for those whose civil rights have been violated and what appropriate remedies are available to patient/client....more

Is the Sovereign Immunity of Athletic Trainers at State-Funded Colleges and Universities Coming Under Fire?

Illinois Court finds athletic trainers subject to duty of care independent of State employment - Sellers v. Rudert A recent case decided in Illinois has determined that athletic trainers in Illinois may be held personally...more

School Officials May Be Liable For Suicide of Student Who Was Bullied

There has been a lot of attention recently about a number of recent suicides among middle school, high school, and even college-age students who killed themselves after suffering from pervasive bullying. Most people have...more

New York Injury Cases Against Schools Dismissed - No Liability When Students Hurt in Fights on School Grounds

Parents are always telling their kids before they go off to school: study hard, obey the teachers and behave. Good advice, of course. But what happens when the little darlings do misbehave? When they fight with other...more

Foresight in Hindsight: An Insight into Ahmed v. Stefaniu and De-Biasing Legal Evaluations of Reasonable Care

Abstract: The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Ahmed v. Stefaniu, [2006] O.J. No. 4185 (C.A.) is considered in detail. This case involved a jury verdict of negligence against a psychiatrist who had previously...more

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