The firm’s Education Law practice group has many years of experience in advising public and private educational institutions at all levels on complex matters of federal and state law and in litigating major Education Law cases. Among other skill sets, our Education Law team includes a highly experienced Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers who was instrumental in the charter school movement in New Orleans following Katrina; nationally recognized employment and employee benefits attorneys; Chair of the Board for a large type II charter school in New Orleans; and the former Chancellor of the LSU Law Center, who has particular experience in issues relating to the protection and regulation of speech in the education setting. We have advised our clients on the broad range of Education Law issues, including the Louisiana Charter School Demonstrations Act, negotiation of charter school operating agreements, special education issues, federal and state constitutional issues, funding disputes, employment law, ERISA and employee benefits, Title IX, First Amendment and other education speech issues, internal investigations, and other complex matters. We have litigated and tried high stakes cases in these areas on behalf of our educational clients in federal and state courts. In one such case, we secured a federal court judgment recognizing the non-governmental status of a Louisiana charter school operator and its right to redress under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 for deprivation of its vested contractual rights in violation of Article 1, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution. The judgment was the first of its kind and has landmark significance to the charter school movement sweeping the nation. Advocates for Arts-Based Education Corporation v. Orleans Parish School Board, 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 6019 (EDLA Jan. 26, 2010).