Remembering the Work and Legacy of Thomas M. Meachum

It is with great sadness that the CarneyKelehan family announces that Thomas M. Meachum, our partner, colleague and friend for more than 26 years, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Over the years, Tom provided a balanced, measured, compassionate and highly intellectual approach to our firm.… READ MORE

Education Law

As Maryland’s premier education law firm, Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr has unparalleled experience in education law and is uniquely positioned to assist school systems in responding to a wide variety of legal issues impacting school systems, including those traditionally viewed as outside the realm of education law.

Providing legal services to public school systems for more than four decades, CarneyKelehan serves as counsel to superintendents and local boards of education for numerous Maryland school systems including Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel, Wicomico, Somerset, Washington, Carroll, Allegany, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s and Cecil counties. Additionally, we provide specialized services as needed to several other Maryland school systems.

Our law firm also has a demonstrated record of excellence in special education law. Our lawyers have represented Maryland school systems in special education matters such as tuition reimbursement, extended school year services, disability coding, least restrictive environment and compensatory education services.

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) Legal Services Association selected CarneyKelehan to participate on MABE’s legal panel for member boards of education.

CarneyKelehan’s education law attorneys represent public school systems, private schools and community colleges on the full-range of education-related legal issues including:

  • Complaints from the public
  • Copyright
  • Construction
  • Employee grievances
  • Employee discipline and discharge
  • Employment discrimination
  • Equal Access Act
  • Ethics issues
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • First Amendment/Free Speech/Religion
  • Homeless students
  • Land acquisition
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Public Information Act
  • Policy development, review and revision
  • Procurement
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Student records/FERPA
  • Superintendent contracts
  • Search and seizure
  • Special education
  • Student rights
  • Student discipline
  • Tort/negligence claims
  • Union negotiations/PSLRB cases
  • Use of school facilities
  • Workers Compensation

CarneyKelehan Attorneys Concentrating in Education Law: