Education Law & Students' Rights
At the Pleasanton Law Offices of James G. Schwartz, we have developed a unique practice in education law and student's rights designed to advise students and parents of their legal rights and options during a dispute with public and private school administrations. Our law firm represents juvenile and adult students in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alameda County, Contra Costa County and across Northern California.High School — Technical or Trade School — College or University
- Alcohol or drug violations and "zero-tolerance" policies
- Loss of scholarship/athletic eligibility
- Cheating and plagiarism charges
- Sexual harassment and discrimination
- Grades issues
- Financial aid
- Student housing
- Freedom of speech — 1st Amendment issues with campus newspapers, Internet blogs, and classroom conduct
Most students and parents are unprepared to address and appeal decisions by school administrators. Schools operate differently than courts in that their various boards and decision-makers may deliver judgments against students based on hearsay and implication rather than due diligence and the facts. It is often their tendency to act first in order to make a public statement to the student body while trampling on the rights of the individual student.San Francisco Student's Rights Lawyer
Our California student rights lawyers have counseled students and parents for over three decades, helping them appear before various governing boards and guiding them through a confusing and often intimidating process of appeals. An experienced attorney is a necessity to ensure that a conflict with school administration is resolved according to the facts and protects the student's constitutional rights at all times.
A decision by the school administration against your child can have repercussions that last a lifetime, including failure to achieve a degree and lost employment opportunities. Students and parents involved in a dispute with school administration are invited to contact the Law Offices of James G. Schwartz today for a consultation and review of your legal rights.