Education Law Overview

Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) represent school districts, post-secondary educational institutions, and institutions of higher learning. Our extensive knowledge of the culture, customs, and practices of the educational community allows us to offer solutions that not only comply with the law, but also reflect evolving best practices and informed judgments about legal trends. When necessary, our attorneys defend educational clients before regulatory agencies and in both […]

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Accreditation

Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) have experience advising and representing educational clients in connection with institutional or programmatic accreditation needs.

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Disability Law

Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) assist our educational clients in accommodating students with handicaps and learning disabilities. Based on our involvement with the Department of Education requirements regarding students with disabilities, we assist clients with complying with state and federal regulations regarding the transition of students from secondary to post-secondary education. We are aware of the differences of student planning at the secondary educational level and […]

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Employment Matters

Our Firm assists educators through a wide variety of legal challenges, including employee discipline and discharge, at-will contracts, satisfaction and just-cause contracts, allegations of discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requests, and reductions in workforce. Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) advise clients through the faculty recruitment process, review of credentials and backgrounds checks of prospective employees, and the hiring process including the development of employee […]

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Finance and Taxation

Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. have experience assisting in the multitude tax issues colleges face, including: employment tax issues, state sales and use tax, ad valorem property tax, downtown development authorities, charitable donations.

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Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act

Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) have experience with both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act. CMDA regularly works with College’s Board of Trustees to determine how to operate within the Open Meetings Act requirements. We explain to our educational clients when closed meetings may be held, what information may be discussed during closed meetings, how the minutes from those meetings must […]

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Governance of Higher Education

Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) work with College Board of Trustees and Administrators regarding the structure and process by which higher education institutions and systems are governed in their day-to-day operations, as well as assisting college officers to develop and implement strategies and policies, and working collaboratively with stakeholders throughout the campus community to support and achieve the college’s goals.

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Intellectual Property Matters

Our Firm handles all aspects of intellectual property law, with emphasis on copyright and trademark law and litigation. Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) have specific experience registering trademarks and copyrights. We perform trademark and copyright audits for our educational clients to ensure another institution’s image is not unintentionally replicated, as well as offering advice regarding the licensing of materials protected by copyright and trademark law.

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Labor Relations, Collective Bargaining Agreements, Grievances, and Arbitration

Our Firm has experience handling negotiations on behalf of our educational clients, relying upon the Firm’s extensive knowledge and experience with the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) and public school employment. Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) advise our educational clients on contract provisions and policies prior to negotiations, as well as providing advice and support at the negotiating table. We have experience in coaching our clients […]

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Real Estate, Land Use, and Facilities Management

Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) assist our educational clients with the purchase of land, sales of parcels of land, acceptance of donations of land, leasing and construction of facilities, and the construction of new buildings on campus with consideration of the requirements of local, state, and federal laws. We frequently advise these clients on contracts, options to purchase, and on bidding matters. Our attorneys have experience […]

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