Linda Yoder serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s School Law Practice Group and has more than 25 years of experience advising public and independent schools and colleges on education matters.
Linda has worked with many school districts throughout the state on general education, litigation and special education matters. She began working in the education area as one of the attorneys representing the State of New Jersey before the United States Supreme Court in New Jersey v. T.L.O, the seminal case with regard to school searches.
She currently focuses her practice in the areas of special education, investigations of discrimination claims including Title IX, sexual harassment or race discrimination, and representation of schools in administrative and court litigation matters involving such areas as First Amendment rights, student discipline, or contract disputes. She has successfully argued cases before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Many of these cases have clarified or defined the law in the State of Connecticut. For example, these cases established standards for statutes of limitation, non-renewal of teaching staff and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
In addition, she advises schools with regard to the day-to-day issues of running a school such as responding to questions about administration of medications, confidentiality concerns, employee matters, addressing school security issues and new legislation.
Linda is a frequent speaker on issues facing educational institutions at functions sponsored by various professional organizations and the State Department of Education, and at in-service programs offered by school districts. For several years, she has served on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association, Education Section.
Before joining the firm, Linda served the State of New Jersey as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice.
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