Ms. Amy Borman, a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC, represents educational institutions in their continuing compliance with school and public laws, policy and legislation. Ms. Borman has provided guidance to educational clients nationwide and has been a guest speaker at businesses, universities and schools throughout the United States and Europe.
Ms. Borman graduated cum laude from Wittenberg University in 1976, masters degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 1977, and her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1989. She was an editor of the law review and a member of the Order of Coif. She is licensed in the states of Michigan and Ohio, USA.
Specific examples of Ms. Borman's legal services include:
- Reviews, negotiates and advises educational institutions on contracts, proposals, authorizer or sponsor contracts, management agreements, compliance with and enforcement of community school, public academy, charter school and district laws;
- Advises educational institutions on student issues regarding custody, residency, discipline, tuition, transportation, athletic participation, university loan practices, admissions and constitutional rights;
- Special education practice includes counseling school districts on special education issues, training staff, attending IEP meetings and mediation sessions, representing schools in due process hearings and related litigation, and responding to special education complaints;
- Assists public and private schools, businesses and educational institutions in drafting and implementing policies, including governance, school, employment, health and safety policies, as well as university associated lending policies;
- Conducts student disciplinary hearings, advises and defends schools as to codes of conduct;
- Advises boards of education, university trustees, educational service centers, governing authorities and other public and private entities on issues arising under various state and federal laws and regulations, including the Open Meetings Law, Public Records Act, No Child Left Behind Act, Individuals with Disabilities In Education Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, constitutional issues (free speech, church/state, search and seizure), school funding, school assessment, adequate yearly progress and appeals of school improvement status;
- Assists clients in regulatory compliance and legislative changes and in the drafting of quality legislative proposals;
- Defends and prevents audit findings for clients;
- Forms and advises councils of governments on contractual, compliance, operational, risk and liability issues.
Additionally, Ms. Borman is a regular public speaker on a wide variety of legal topics for education-related organizations nationally and internationally, including Iceland Association of Independent Schools, Education Law Association and pursuant to federal grants. In 2008 her seminars include governance training, school funding and suspension/expulsion.