Shipman & Goodwin LLP has promoted Jessica Richman Smith to Partner.  Jessica represents schools in a variety of education, labor relations and employment law matters.  She negotiates certified and non-certified collective bargaining agreements on behalf of numerous public boards of education.

Jessica also represents school districts in labor and employment disputes, arbitrations, freedom of information hearings, teacher tenure proceedings, business contract matters, student disciplinary matters, election law matters and other legal proceedings involving Connecticut school districts.  In addition, she advises schools on education policies and practices, investigations concerning students and employees, compliance with various laws impacting schools (such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, background check laws and mandated reporting) and other legal matters affecting educational institutions. In addition to her practice, Jessica has taught at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. Previously, Jessica served as Deputy Executive Director with the New York City Department of Education.

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Photo of Thomas B. Mooney Thomas B. Mooney

Tom is Co-Chair of the School Law Practice Group and is active in all areas of school law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, teacher tenure proceedings, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes and all other legal proceedings involving boards of education. Tom is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (8th Edition, 2014), a comprehensive treatise on Connecticut school law, and two monthly columns, “See You in Court!,” which appears in the CABE Journal, and “Legal Mailbag,” which appears in the CAS Bulletin.

Photo of Linda L. Yoder Linda L. Yoder

Linda serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s School Law Practice Group and has more than 25 years of experience advising public and independent schools and colleges on education matters. Linda has worked with many school districts throughout the state on general education, litigation and special education matters. She currently focuses her practice in the areas of special education, investigations of discrimination claims including Title IX, sexual harassment or race discrimination, and representation of schools in administrative and court litigation matters involving such areas as First Amendment rights, student discipline, or contract disputes.