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
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