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Sunshine Laws

Education

Since their enactment, Ohio’s Sunshine Laws have been a continuing source of inquiry and litigation for boards of education — and the advent of new technologies has added further compliance challenges. Our education law attorneys are well versed in basic compliance requirements, as well as the more challenging scenarios.

Practice Group Leader

Christina Henagen Peer, Partner

Christina provides counsel to boards of education on student discipline, collective bargaining agreements, employee grievances, employee evaluation and discipline issues, the First Amendment, public records requests including Sunshine Laws, records retention policies, social media issues, residency and custody disputes, and the drafting and implementation of board policies.

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Our Sunshine Laws Insight

The much-publicized 2016 Ohio Supreme court ruling that school board members who decide a school-related matter “in a series of e-mail exchanges” can be found in violation of the Sunshine Laws (ORC 121-22) has led the evolution of how technology impacts daily board activities. Our attorneys routinely assist districts throughout the state of Ohio with Sunshine Laws surrounding technology including:

We also routinely assist districts with responses to requests for public records. While these requests can be voluminous and time-consuming, we use the latest technology software to make the task of producing required records less challenging.


Recognition

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2022 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS

  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Labor & Employment

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2021 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS

  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Labor & Employment
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Experience

  • Counseling school districts faced with voluminous public records requests and responding to those requests on behalf of clients
  • Counseling school districts on various aspects of compliance with Ohio’s Open Meetings Act
  • Counseling school districts on compliance with Ohio’s Public Records Act, including the impact of new technologies on public records
  • Assisting clients with the development of record retention schedules in compliance with requirements of the Ohio Attorney General and Ohio Historical Society
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