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Firm Profile: Pullman & Comley, LLC
850 Main Street
P.O. Box 7006
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06601-7006, United States
Phone: 203-330-2000
Fax: 203-576-8888
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  • Connecticut
  • New York
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

California Court Rules District Cannot Prohibit Students From Kneeling During The National Anthem At School Sporting Events

In what appears to be the first decision on this issue in the country, a federal court in California granted a high school athlete’s request for an injunction overturning his high school’s prohibition against athletes kneeling…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Education

Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly On Education Related Legislation (And A March 8th Public Hearing)

On Thursday, March 8, 2018, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills..…more
 /  Education

Silence Matters: School Safety, Security Plans And The CT FOIA

In the aftermath of another senseless and tragic school shooting, school districts are understandably looking inwards as they contemplate the need to adjust their security measures. I am frequently asked how school districts can…more
 /  Education

Does Providing A Parent With The Surveillance Video Of A School Incident And/Or Student Statements About The Incident That Involved Multiple Students Violate FERPA?

The United States Department of Education’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer recently issued a guidance letter to a school district indicating that while surveillance video of a hazing incident that involved numerous…more
 /  Education, Privacy

The Latest On Alternative Educational Opportunities For Expelled Students: The Good, The Not So Good, The Unknown, And “Final” Thoughts.

We have previously written in these pages about the development of “guidelines” or “standards” by the State Board of Education for the provision of educational opportunities for expelled students. Having had just a (teeny)…more
 /  Education

Breaking....Connecticut Supreme Court Issues CCJEF Decision

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court issued a seminal decision in the long-running state education case Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, Inc. v. Rell (“CCJEF II”). In an…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Education

2017 Legislative Summary (Part Two): The Budget “Implementer” And Its Effect On Connecticut’s Schools And Public Employers.

In 2017, our firm published a summary of new legislation affecting Connecticut’s schools and public sector employers. However, the 2017 “regular session” of the Connecticut General Assembly was not the final word. Due to the…more
 /  Administrative Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

A New Year and New Final Standards For Expulsions and Alternative Education

The Connecticut State Department of Education this morning adopted new standards for expulsions and alternative education. As we discussed back in September, pursuant to Public Act 17-220 the State Department of Education was…more
 /  Education

The United States Department of Education Issues Guidance on the Meaning of FAPE

On December 7, 2017, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services [“OSERS”] issued guidance for schools on determining whether a special education program is designed to…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Education

The elements of Title IX liability in Feminist Majority Foundation V. University of Mary Washington and K.T.V. Culver-Stockton College

Two recent federal court cases delineate the requisite elements of a Title IX deliberate indifference claim brought by students against educational entities. In Feminist Majority Foundation v. University of Mary Washington, the…more
 /  Civil Rights, Education

Limiting Title IX Liability in DOE V. The Citadel

A decision issued by the Court of Appeals of South Carolina underscores the limitations of college and university liability under Title IX. In John Doe v. The Citadel, the court declined to extend standing to sue under Title IX…more
 /  Civil Rights, Education

Endrew F. In The Second Circuit – How Is The Court Applying The New Standard

Following the United States Supreme Court’s decision of earlier this year in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, have typically remanded special education…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education

An early Halloween trick for Connecticut's public-sector labor unions: Will Janus V. AFSCME, Co. 31 be the end of the agency shop?

Did Halloween come early this year? Well it just may have for Connecticut’s public-sector unions. On September 28th, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

How does Last Best Offer Interest Arbitration Work When The State Has Not Adopted Its Budget?

According to the State Department of Education, approximately 100 Connecticut school districts are scheduled to engage in negotiations with teacher and/or administrator bargaining units by the end of December, 2017. As those of…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Education, Finance & Banking

Unnecessary Roughness: Coaches, Concussions And The Constitution In Mann V. Palmerton Area School District

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit may have coaches checking with their lawyer before deciding whether to allow an injured player to go back into a game or practice. In an alarming…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Education, Personal Injury
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