Education Law

Your School Law Team

Day Ketterer Ltd.'s comprehensive Education Law Practice Group serves clients in the public and private sectors throughout Ohio. Clients benefit from our in-depth understanding of the issues facing public and private schools and institutions of higher education. We develop solutions that ensure continued success for students, staff and administration. Our goal is to help schools provide the best educational environment possible for Ohio’s children.

Collaboration and Quick Response

Day Ketterer has demonstrated a commitment to quality and service for more than 140 years, ensuring that our legal services grow with our clients’ needs. We do not sit on the sidelines waiting for legal problems to come to our clients; rather, we are integrated as a team so that we can be proactive in helping schools succeed. We work alongside clients, visiting their schools to learn about their needs, enabling us to anticipate legal issues and develop effective strategies. We provide prompt, direct and preventive legal advice and counsel.

Talent and Resources

Day Ketterer’s education clients benefit from the intimacy of a core education team, while also gaining access to one of Northeast Ohio’s 25 largest law firms. Our Education Law team draws on the talents and experience of Day Ketterer attorneys whose practice areas include labor and employment law, workers’ compensation, real estate and construction, finance, litigation and taxation, among others. We offer a full range of legal services that meet the unique needs of Ohio’s schools:

Special Education

  • Regulation guidance
  • Day-to-day counseling
  • Representation at:
    • Mediations
    • Due process hearings
    • Appeals

Student Services

  • Enrollment and tuition
  • Attendance and truancy
  • Discrimination
  • Student records and privacy
  • Student discipline
    • Counsel on code of conduct
    • Policies and procedures
    • Defense at discipline hearings
    • In-service training
  • Student searches/testing
    • Policies and procedures
  • Child abuse reporting
  • Residency
    • Custody
    • Guardianship
  • Extra-curricular activities


  • Statutory compliance
  • Payment in lieu of transportation
  • Discipline
  • Purchase and leasing
  • Litigation

Board Governance

  • Training
  • Ethics and conflict
  • Best practices

Labor Relations

  • NLRB and SERB elections
  • Collective bargaining
  • Arbitrations
  • Unfair labor practice charges


  • Training
  • Compliance
  • Personnel policies
  • Contracts
  • Hiring and discipline
  • Workers’ compensation

Constitutional Issues

  • Free speech
  • Search and seizure
  • Religion

Ohio Sunshine Law

  • Public records
  • Open meetings
  • Litigation


  • Negotiation
  • Drafting
  • Review


  • Hiring of architects
  • Competitive bidding
  • Design and construction defects
  • Mechanics liens


  • Tax abatements and exemptions
  • Property valuation complaints

For more information contact Robert J. McBride, Day Ketterer's Education Law Group Chair, at 330.458.2144 or