eMatters

Navigating our clients through the e-education revolution.

From E-Rate to iPads, education in the 21st century involves the integration of technology across all areas of operation. Embedding technology into public education requires legal expertise that can anticipate and address instruction, employment, student, special education, and business issues. F3 is committed to assisting clients with the challenges and complexities presented by the digital revolution, providing the legal expertise to help education leaders avoid costly missteps.


Labor and Employment

From social media polices to hiring and evaluating online instruction and instructors to collective bargaining, a variety of issues can stem from the integration of technology in the classrooms. F3’s eMatters legal team provides comprehensive services across all labor areas.

Student and Special Education Issues

We assist clients in developing acceptable use polices for student-owned technology/mobile devices, and student use of district-owned property. Additionally, we counsel clients regarding the implementation of electronic IEPs and requisite steps to protect student privacy. We work with clients to design policies that help protect student cyber safety including physical, psychological, reputational, and legal safety.

Litigation

Courts have seen an increase in the filing of lawsuits related to the regulation of employee and student use of technology and social media, including the ability to discipline for such use. F3 is experienced in facilitating forensic information technology (IT) investigations related to litigation matters. Our experienced litigators can assist F3 clients in developing policies that best reflect the evolving law in this area, as well as provide a vigorous defense if a civil action is filed.

Business

The laborious process of building a construction plan to accommodate E-rate schedules requires precise planning and meticulous preparation of all contracts and documents. Our attorneys are experts in this area.  We advise clients on public bidding exceptions for the purchase of technology and draft requests for proposals (RFPs), and evaluate vendor responses. We are skilled at negotiating contracts for services, maintenance and financing of software programs, telecommunications equipment and all aspects of school technology. The drafting of well-defined agreements helps avoid disputes and makes any disputes that do emerge much easier and cost-effective to resolve. We also provide guidance to clients in securing funding for the purchase of new technology, including the formation of educational foundations, direction on parcel taxes, reviewing grant applications, as well as drafting and negotiating contracts for technology pilot programs.

Meet F3’s eMatters Leadership Team

Gretchen M. Shipley, Co-chair
Mark S. Williams, Co-chair

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