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Maree F. Sneed

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Maree F. Sneed

Maree Sneed is recognized in the education industry as a lawyer who helps school districts, independent schools, educational institutions, and educational companies solve their most complex problems. For three decades, clients have sought Maree's advice as a result of her experience working in the education system, her legal acumen, her public policy work, and her ability to make connections between the education and legal arenas.

Maree has advised clients in the education sector on a broad range of issues, including social media, bullying and cyberbullying, harassment, sex and race discrimination, English language learners, and magnet schools. She also advises on privacy, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; special education/IDEA; equitable access and opportunities; integration and desegregation; school facilities; contracts; Title IX, Title VI, and 504 compliance; and charter schools.

Maree has provided regulatory advice to clients and litigated cases for clients in state courts as well as federal, district, and appellate courts. Maree and her team worked on two important Supreme Court cases involving school districts — Schafer v. Weast and PICs v. Seattle School District No. 1. Maree has also represented school districts in Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations and negotiated voluntary resolution agreements.

Prior to attending law school, Maree was a high school teacher, secondary principal, and assistant principal in Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools. She has a masters and doctorate in education. For many years, she taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Currently she is a member of the Magnet Schools of America Board of Directors. Maree has served on the Board of the Council of School of Attorneys and on the Board of the National School Boards Foundation.

Representative experience

Represented school district in ending a 26-year-old special education consent decree.

Represented a school district in terminating a long-standing desegregation decree, resulting in the district being declared unitary.

Represented a school district in an OCR investigation of a school closure that resulted in OCR finding no violation of Title VI.

Represented a state department of education in negotiation of a consent decree regarding special education and charter schools.

Negotiated employment contracts for superintendents of school districts and executive directors of educational associations.

Assisted school districts in the development of magnet school programs and federal funding for the magnet school programs.

Represented a school district in resolving a lawsuit alleging harassment.

Assisted school districts in developing, implementing, and monitoring equity policies.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1983
  • Ed.D., The George Washington University, 1979
  • M.Ed., University of Oklahoma, 1972
  • B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1970


  • Adjunct Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Board of Advisors, Broad Foundation
  • Board of Advisors, "School Superintendents Insider" publication
  • Board of Directors, National School Boards Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Teach for America, D.C.
  • Faculty, Broad Urban Superintendents Academy
  • Member, American Association of School Administrators
  • Member, Council of School Attorneys

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Maryland

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Distinguished Service

Magnet Schools of America

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