Dietrich VanderWaal, S.C. has worked extensively with educational institutions and currently represents numerous school districts throughout central and northern Wisconsin.  Attorneys practicing school law, and all issues pertaining to it, have over 40 years of knowledge and experience.

Dietrich VanderWaal is familiar with public and private K – 12 schools as well as technical colleges.  We understand the purpose of these institutions is not only to provide education to their students but also to act as an employer managing employees, the benefits for their employees, and the needs of their pupils, keeping in mind the legal ramifications of each.

Exhibiting professional sensitivity, we work with clients on issues such as pupil discipline, transportation, discrimination, student records, and attendance as well as school district reorganization and open enrollment.

In our capacity as legal counsel for numerous school districts and technical colleges, we understand how local governing bodies work and are familiar with the policies and procedures that must be followed.  Through this experience, we have become very familiar with the roles and duties of governing bodies.

We provide cost-efficient, sound legal advice in the following areas for our school district clients:

We advise school districts, technical colleges, and Cooperative educational Service Agencies (CESAs) in all aspects of school law including:

  • All aspects of special education matters

  • Construction of new facilities

  • Construction contract litigation

  • Employee and student discrimination matters

  • Employee disciplinary matters

  • Employee licensing requirements

  • Student expulsions

  • Student rights

  • Student discipline

  • Release of public records

  • School Attendance and enforcement

  • School board authority

  • School board member conflicts of interest under Wisconsin’s Local Official Ethics Law

  • School board member liability

  • School board meeting and election issues

  • Open meetings and public compliance

  • Employee personnel records

  • Teacher and administrator contracts and nonrenewal procedure

  • Representation before Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission and State and Federal Courts