Government and Education

The attorneys at Lynn Jackson have provided advice and representation to many governmental entities, including city and county governmental bodies, the State of South Dakota and many of its agencies and other bodies, and several of the State’s Tribes and tribal agencies. 

With law offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Spearfish, We have also been providing efficient, unobtrusive, and cost-effective guidance in effectively and efficiently handling education law issues for all levels of educational institutions for over 40 years. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to provide expertise in a wide-range of matters, including compliance and regulatory issues.  At the K-12 level, the firm’s education lawyers are members of the Council of School Attorneys (COSA).

Practices

Municipal and Special Districts

Lynn Jackson’s attorneys furnish opinions and advice on many issues relating to the affairs of governmental subdivisions and special districts and the official duties of their respective officers.  In addition, we are called upon to prosecute actions or proceedings arising out of the violation of ordinances or regulations, and perform other such professional services incident to the offices of the subdivision or directed by its governing body.

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Accreditation

Lynn Jackson’s attorneys provide assistance to K-12 educational systems, colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning during regional and national accreditation processes.

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Compliance and Governmental & Regulatory Affairs

The attorneys at Lynn Jackson have been providing efficient, unobtrusive, and cost-effective guidance in managing regulatory and compliance issues for all levels of institutions for many years.  These issues include FERPA (privacy), campus safety and security, Title IX, institutional policies, federal aid audits and reporting, employment practices, state education agency requirements, records retention, emergency notification, and student services.

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Educational Governance

Lynn Jackson’s attorneys provide advice to educational institutions’ governing boards on issues such as ethical questions, risk assessment, strategic planning, and conflicts of interests.  In addition, we assist the institutions with employee/faculty discipline, new board member orientation programs, bylaws, reports and documentation, budgeting, and policies that govern the institution’s ongoing activities in areas such as affirmative action, human resources, research activities, contracts, and required disclosures.

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Labor and Employment Matters in Education

The attorneys at Lynn Jackson provide experienced counsel and representation in all matters of human resources, personnel administration, contracts, and collective bargaining in the educational sector. We assist educational institutions with issues and claims in many areas of employment law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), discrimination, EEOC, due process issues, layoffs, transfers, workplace safety, and state and federal employees leave.

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Student Issues

Lynn Jackson attorneys advise all educational institutions in a myriad of student matters, including compulsory education, custody, cyberbullying, due process, expulsion hearings, extracurricular activities, FERPA, harassment and discrimination, mandatory reporting, open enrollment, record retention, religion in schools, search and seizure, special education (IDEA), drug testing, free speech rights, suspension hearing, Title IX compliance and investigations, and truancy.

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Title IX

The attorneys at Lynn Jackson assist all levels of educational institutions in complying with Title IX.  We advise educational institutions in areas such as recruitment, admissions, financial assistance, athletics, sex-based harassment, treatment of pregnant and parenting students, discipline, single-sex education, and employment.  To assist institutions in complying with Title IX requirements, we provide training programs for students, faculty, and staff.

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