Overview

School districts across the state have for decades relied on Friday, Eldredge & Clark’s focused and insightful counsel on finance, governance, and dispute resolution. We have represented school districts in matters involving constitutional rights, employment, special education, contracts, bonds, elections, voting rights, real estate, and other issues.

Client Focus

  • Public Schools and School Districts
  • Colleges and Universities
  • School Bond Underwriters

Bond Counsel

Our firm is among the leaders in bond financing for Arkansas school districts, representing underwriters and issuers as fiscal agents on behalf of the districts themselves. Much of our work is oriented toward bond issues to finance school construction, and we have advised virtually every school district in the state in financing their school facilities. We have also assisted major universities, including the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University.

General Counsel

We offer to district administrators and boards of education a wide range of other services, from employee benefit and contract advice to courtroom representation in employment, constitutional, and civil rights matters (including complex school desegregation concerns), and other litigated matters.

Employment Law

Our firm represents school districts and administrators in employment hearings under the Arkansas Teacher Fair Dismissal Act and Public School Employee Fair Hearing Act.

Public Policy Compliance

We counsel school districts regarding compliance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Access Act, and other federal and state laws governing school districts, their students, and employees. Our education lawyers also represent school districts in hearings before the Arkansas Department of Education under the IDEA.