School Law

Matt Keenan

Matt Keenan

School law includes academic discipline, academic dishonesty and residency hearings.  I have represented families throughout the Chicago area when their child has been threatened with suspension or expulsion for charges such as possessing a weapon or selling drugs.

I also handle residency cases. In these cases, a school district charges that a student does not live within the district’s boundaries.  My article on this topic, “Representing Students in School Residency Challenges,” appeared in the Illinois Bar Journal in January, 2011. Vol. 99, No. 1, p. 40. Many of these cases involve families with unconventional living situations.  The laws regarding residency can be tricky so it is best that you consult an attorney before dealing with the school. If the school finds against you, you could be liable for thousands of dollars in tuition as well as criminal charges.

I have also represented college and university students in Illinois on charges of academic dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism.  These cases can be difficult since school hearings are often biased against the student.  It is important, however, to set up a factual record at the school level in case a court appeal becomes necessary.