Jones Cork, LLP offers a long history of excellence in all areas of education law. Today, we regularly represent public and private educational institutions throughout the state of Georgia. We serve our clients with integrity, candor, and professionalism. Our collective expertise, judgment, and vigorous advocacy enable us to assist our clients in the board room and at the courthouse.
We strive to provide clients with the maximum flexibility in making policy decisions and give candid appraisals when analyzing legal questions, even when the facts mean hard choices for the client. We work with school administrators and board members to find practical and legally acceptable approaches to respond to the myriad legal challenges faced by educational institutions, and to achieve policy and management objectives. We emphasize the prevention of legal problems through policy development, careful review and handling of disputes, and up-to date training.
There are times, however, when a dispute must be resolved in court. Our attorneys have the skill and expertise to handle all types of litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office for Civil Rights. We know that every case, no matter how big or small, deserves careful analysis and vigorous representation. Our attorneys have been involved in a large number of significant cases involving issues such as sexual harassment, the First Amendment, the Open Meetings Act, separation of church and state, special education (IDEA/Section 504), discrimination law, qualified immunity, and affirmative action and desegregation. The Firm has defended claims for school district clients involving Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, pregnancy discrimination, retaliation claims, negligent hiring, and common law causes of action arising out of the employment context, such as infliction of emotional distress, slander, and invasion of privacy.
Areas of Expertise:
- Open Meetings and Open Records Acts
- Employment law, including teacher discipline and discharge under Georgia’s Fair Dismissal Act
- Employee benefits
- School facility financing and construction contracts
- Civil rights and constitutional law
- Voting Rights and election law
- Eminent Domain
- Real estate law
- Bidding and contracts
- Advice and counsel on matters relating to “ESPLOST”, including serving as bond counsel and underwriters counsel
- Environmental law
- Policy development
- Charter School Act, including reviewing charter school petitions and charter school litigation and termination
- Student rights, discipline and expulsion
- Special education law
- Religion in the schools
- Liability and immunity of school districts and personnel
Representative clients in this practice area include the Atlanta Public Schools, Bibb County School District, Baldwin County School District, Pulaski County School District, Georgia Academy for the Blind and Wesleyan College.