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School Law

Our attorneys work to protect students' right to fair treatment 

School Law Matters 

Schott, Bublitz & Engel represents students on a wide range of school law matters in Wisconsin. We have a strong track record of helping defend student rights - whether it's children in grades K-12 with special needs, post-secondary students with disabilities entitled to academic adjustments, or K-12 or post-secondary students with or without disabilities facing disciplinary proceedings or expulsion hearings.

We work to protect students' right to fair treatment, and fight to enable them to stay in school to complete their education and obtain their degree. We will also defend them in municipal, state and federal courts when necessary.

In all areas of our school law practice, we focus on protecting student rights while helping parents understand and access appropriate services and resources that give their children the greatest opportunity to succeed.

Educational Resources & Services for Special Needs Children - Grades K-12

Understandably, parents want their children to have every opportunity to reach their full potential. But for students with special needs, it may be difficult to obtain the special education and related services to which they are entitled. We represent students with a wide range of disabilities including autism, learning disability, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD), Asperger's disorder, emotional behavior disability (EBD), speech and language impairment, cognitive disability (CD), hearing impairment and more, assisting families with issues such as:

  • Obtaining special education services & a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA)
  • Representing students in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings & manifestation determination hearings
  • Obtaining reimbursement for private school placements
  • Representing parents & students at mediation /due process hearings or in state & federal courts
  • Protecting student rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act & the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

As a former special education teacher, Attorney Patricia N. Engel has earned a statewide reputation in school law matters and is uniquely qualified to represent student interests.

Disciplinary & Eligibility Issues - Grades K-12

If you are concerned about the potential impact of a disciplinary action or expulsion on your child's future, we can help protect student rights in school disciplinary matters, including expulsion hearings. We have defended students referred to the municipal or criminal court system, as well as in other school issues, including:

  • School records involving access, disputes & corrections
  • Extra-curricular & Athletic Code violations
  • Sports (WIAA) appeals & hearings including eligibility, residency & transfer provisions, disciplinary actions, sanctions


Disciplinary & Entitlement Issues - Post-Secondary & Professional

We have experience representing students when careers and futures are jeopardized due to actions that may impact the rights of students in a university, college, technical school or advanced professional degree program. We have fought for reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and have defended students in a wide range of disciplinary and entitlement actions including:

  • Academic probation & grade appeals
  • Program dismissals, school suspensions & expulsions
  • Code of Conduct violations including plagiarism & cheating
  • Disciplinary actions in the classroom, clinical setting, lab or internship


Here are some of our satisfied school law clients.  For a free initial phone consultation about a school law matter in Wisconsin, contact us today to speak with an attorney who has extensive experience in school law.  

Working with Ms. Engel made such a difference: beyond the tangible results, the peace of mind of knowing that our child's needs and interests are being taken care of appropriately is priceless. We would highly recommend Ms. Engel for any issue a family may need support with as they wade through the world of special needs and education.
C.L. - School Law Client
Thank you for your help! We would not know what to ask for, and would not have been taken seriously without you on our side. I am so grateful to have you working with our family
L.B. - School Law Client
Her involvement and participation within our sons' IEPs, has been so significant and positive, that we continue to utilize her knowledge and expertise, whenever necessary, to achieve success within our children's school experience. Attorney Engel has become an intricate part of our sons' IEP teams.
J.B. - School Law Client
We all want to thank you for helping us get through this process.  I don’t think we could have achieved such a good outcome without your help.
N.E. - School Law Client

Trusted Wisconsin Lawyers

When you trust us with your legal concerns, you will be placing your outcome in the hands of attorneys who have what it takes to achieve a successful outcome.  When it comes to our clients, we treat them as we would like to be treated: with respect and compassion as we tenaciously pursue their interests.
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