Panza Maurer & Maynard’s experience and practice includes consultation and representation in all areas of education industry from pre-kindergarten through postsecondary education. The firm has particular expertise in postsecondary education, serving as an outside general counsel’s office to a major university in matters related to the Admissions process, Financial Aid, Student Academic and Disciplinary Action and Dismissal, and all aspects of the academic experience related to administration, faculty, employee and student issues.
PMM has a wealth of experience in the preparation, development and modification of academic institution Student and Faculty Handbooks and Policy and Procedure Manuals, especially as they relate to Faculty and Employee hiring and retention, Human Resources Policy, Procedure and Operation, employee/faculty complaint and grievance processes, promotion, discipline and termination. As relates to students, PMM has extensive experience and sound judgment handling from an internal, administrative and litigation perspective, all aspects of the student/academic institution relationship, including Title IX issues, housing, academic performance and discipline proceedings, appeals, as well as claims related to discrimination, accommodation and harassment. All of these matters can be handled proactively, through common sense and effective policies and procedures, early intervention and consultation in specific matters at the initial complaint stage and through the administrative process, which ensures a continuity of representation and which will result in a significant lessening of litigation burden and expense
The firm handles complex issues of intellectual property, trademark, charitable giving and real estate transactions for its higher education clients. We routinely provide higher education institutions, school districts and school boards representation before state and local legislative and executive agencies to advocate for statutory and regulatory changes and budget issues on behalf of these clients.