Education Law

Our experience includes the representation of public and private schools at
the college and K through 12 levels.  Advice to our education clients is
within a wide and varied area and our experience includes many issues that
commonly arise in the educational setting, including but not limited to how
to conduct various investigations to Board resolutions, the creation of the
school lunch program and review of various contracts.  Other matters
include successfully obtaining federal Title III monies from the N.Y.S.
Education Department in a dispute over statutory language and legislative
purpose, representation of a well-known college in an appeal regarding a N.
Y.S. Comptroller audit of Tuition Assistance Program funds and
successfully negotiating a significant reduction in the amount required to
be repaid to the New York Higher Education Services Corporation.  

The most significant assets of any school are its human resources, which
present special issues and challenges that are different from other
workplaces and requires both negotiation and litigation skills to resolve the
issues.  Mr. Landis represented various private schools as labor/employment
counsel, including a nationally recognized college in the education field.  
Most recently, Mr. Landis successfully concluded an amicable resolution in
contract negotiations with a bargaining unit of a public school district and
represented the same district in proceedings before the New York State
Public Employees Relations Board regarding the request for representation
and certification of a new union.

Representation by counsel is often an effective tool to secure the protection
of one’s rights and Mr. Landis also represents school employees, from heads
of schools to teachers.  The issues range from employment contract and
severance negotiations for private heads of schools, to disciplinary matters
under New York Education Law Section 3020-a and the successful
representation of a social work graduate student who was requested to
withdraw from the program.  Mr. Landis also successfully defended a college
foundation from a donor’s suit alleging fraud, misrepresentation and breach
of contract.

Steven S. Landis, P.C.

Education Law
(212) 308-5035