Education Law

Morton & Gettys attorneys help school boards, administrators, and boards of trustees navigate many of the issues and challenges unique to public and private education. Our diverse practice areas also qualify us to help these groups and institutions with wide-ranging and multifaceted legal needs beyond those specific to education.

Our education team has represented public school districts, private schools, charter schools, and a junior college on a range of issues that include, but are not limited to:

  • Civil litigation and tort liability
  • Capital construction
  • Construction management contracts
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The South Carolina Freedom of Information Act
  • The South Carolina Charter Schools Act
  • The South Carolina Education Accountability Act

Our counsel also covers constitutional issues, including but not limited to religious and freedom of speech and expression rights governed by the 1st Amendment for students and teachers, as well as 4th and 5th Amendments issues regarding searches and seizures of student property and associated due process laws relevant in these matters.

We advise on emerging policy issues, including social media, immunization, and mask requirements. We also represent districts in administrative hearings on matters such as tuition fraud, expulsions, school closing and residency issues.

Each member of our team brings a unique set of legal skills and experiences to bear upon the sphere of education, collaborating to provide comprehensive legal advice when consulting with school boards and administrators regarding policy development and modifications. 

We draft, amend, and propose policy changes when needed, and work with administrators to compose administrative rules designed to provide practical assistance in the implementation of policies.