education law

39 years of experience as lawyer and educator

Consult an education law attorney to ensure that your child has the best opportunity for a good education. Detailed knowledge of education law can make a huge difference in your child’s future. Robert Garrison has a total of 39 years in personal injury law and education.  Especially relevant is his experience as a teacher and principal. As a result, he has hands-on experience in educational systems.  This combination of experience and training is hard to beat when you’re seeking the best for your child.
 
Bob believes firmly that every child is entitled to a great education. His help is flexible. If you need his active advocacy dealing directly with the schools, he’s there. He also advises parents and prepares them to do their own advocacy. He is experienced in the many aspects of education law, including education discrimination, discipline policies and special needs law and policies.

Consult Bob Garrison if you have concerns about:

  • Student rights and discipline
  • Meeting the needs of your special needs child
  • Discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or religion.
  • Sexual harassment in school
  • Sexual assault in school

Bob fights for your child’s fair treatment and the best opportunity for your child’s success.

Special education justice

Do you struggle with your child’s school every year about his educational needs? Fighting for your child’s future is both frustrating and heartbreaking. If your child is not getting what he needs, make an appointment with Bob to develop a plan.   Bob can help you in several ways.

  • Meet with him to map out a strategy you can use.
  • Hire Bob to deal directly with the school.
  • Hire Bob to file a formal complaint or lawsuit, if necessary

Often it just takes some knowledge of options and how to pursue them. Other times, the school administration may understand what needs to be done but not have the resources. In the latter case, hire a skilled attorney and get a court to order what your family needs.

The laws and policies concerning special educational needs are many and complex.  Bob Garrison works with parents to determine what tools will best achieve their goals.

Racial justice in education

The most obvious form of racial discrimination in schools is in discipline policies and practices. Moreover, this can be one of the most difficult for parents to deal with. School personnel often assume that parents defend their children blindly. As a result, they tend to discredit whatever you say. Representation can make a big difference.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, African American students are three times more likely to be suspended or expelled. Despite recent changes in the leadership of the Department of Education, the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate in any school that gets federal funds. The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education provides help for parents. The indication is that the level of services of the Office may decrease. The law remains. As a result it is more important than even to consult a private attorney.

As with education for children with special needs, parents have several ways to work with Bob Garrison, our education law attorney.

  • Meet with him to map out a strategy you can use
  • Hire Bob to represent your child in the discipline process
  • Hire Bob to file a formal complaint or lawsuit, if necessary

Gender justice in education

Title IX covers a wide variety of gender-based education discrimination. People usually associate Title IX with girls and women in school sports. Yet, sexual harassment and assault are another important aspect of the law.

Robert can assist you to fight for your rights whether you are fighting for equity in sports or dealing with sexual harassment or assault. Many schools are resistant dealing with sexual assault and harassment. Your attorney may be the first person to work for you. Bob can be an important support system.

Learning more about education law

We love clients who have educated themselves. There are a number of resources at the U.S. Department of Education’s Law and Guidance webpage.

Contact Bob to plan for a great education

Bob believes firmly that every child is entitled to a great education. His help is flexible. If you need an active advocate to deal directly with the schools, call Bob. On the other hand, he also advises parents and prepares them to do their own advocacy.