Overview
STL: 314.997.7733
KC: 816.874.8700

Overview

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Services to Public School Districts in Missouri

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Thomeczek & Brink is a highly respected law firm providing quality legal services to public school districts and charter schools throughout Missouri. Although Thomeczek & Brink is most well-known for its representation of school districts in special education cases, the Firm has experience that runs the gamut of issues facing public school districts in Missouri.


Special Education

Thomeczek & Brink is the leader in providing legal services with respect to Special Education Law to school districts in Missouri. Of the 130,600 students with disabilities in Missouri being provided with special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, clients of Thomeczek & Brink educate nearly 40,000.
Frequently described as a model of “cooperative federalism,” Special Education Law under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is unique. The United States Court of Appeals has referred to the statutory standard by which courts review special education cases as “rather unusual.” Attorneys at Thomeczek & Brink have nearly fifty years of experience in representing school districts and other public education agencies in special education due process hearings and in state and federal courts. They have testified before the Missouri House of Representatives Committee on Education and have participated in ad hoc focus committees formed at the request of the Commissioner of Education. The Firm’s extensive experience and knowledge in the area of Special Education Law allows Thomeczek & Brink to provide representation of the highest quality in the area of Special Education Law in a very cost-effective manner.

Thomeczek & Brink is the law firm of choice of school districts across Missouri. The Firm represents the largest single LEA, a district with approximately 28,000 children with IEPs, and some of the smallest K-8 school districts in the State. Because of Thomeczek & Brink’s focus on Special Education Law, it maintains an equally vast and focused library. With these resources available to it, Thomeczek & Brink works with school districts’ local counsel to provide assistance in this complex area of the law, engendering a professional and cooperative relationship.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which became effective on January 1, 2009, have caused school districts to reexamine its Section 504 policies and procedures. Section 504 prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Section 504 regulation is enforced by the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Thomeczek & Brink represents Missouri public school districts when they are faced with a charge of discrimination filed with the OCR. The Firm has assisted school districts during extensive on-site investigations and in effectuating a favorable result through OCR’s early resolution process.

Other Student-Related Issues

In addition to areas of the law involving students with disabilities, Thomeczek & Brink has also provided representation and legal counsel to school districts in a number of student-related areas, three of which are discussed here:


First, Thomeczek & Brink works with school districts when districts are imposing disciplinary consequences on students. State and federal law require school districts to afford students with varying degrees of due process, depending upon the anticipated disciplinary consequence. Thomeczek & Brink advises school districts with respect to the appropriate level of due process required under Goss v. Lopez and Missouri law. The Firm also offers representation to the district in student discipline hearings before the board of education.


Second, Thomeczek & Brink provides legal counsel to school districts on student privacy issues. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides students with extensive safeguards intended to guarantee their privacy. New FERPA regulations became final on December 9, 2008. School districts need to know what steps they must take to protect the privacy rights of their students.


Third, the myriad of rights and protections afforded to students under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution has been a source of major litigation. The attorneys at Thomeczek & Brink keep abreast of the latest judicial developments in the area of First Amendment law.

General Law Practice

While the lion’s share of the Thomeczek & Brink’s practice is in the field of education law, the Firm also has a traditional general law practice. The Firm provides legal counsel and representation to a number of small corporations, represents individuals in divorces, draws up wills, trusts and other instruments for estate planning, and litigates on behalf of injured individuals before the workers’ compensation commission.

 

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Our Address:
1120 Olivette Executive Parkway
Suite 210
St. Louis, Missouri 63132

9229 Ward Parkway, Suite 370
Kansas City, Missouri 64114
(By Appointment Only)

STL: 314.997.7733
KC: 816. 874.8700

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