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Maree Sneed's practice involves advising school districts, educational associations, and private companies in the education sector on a wide range of state and federal legal issues, including those involving the U.S. Constitution, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX, and the Magnet School Assistance Project.
Maree has been involved in litigating on behalf of school districts in both state and federal courts and recently was counsel of record in two Supreme Court cases, Schaffer v. Weast and PICS v. Seattle School District No. 1. She also has counseled school districts on interpretation of Title I requirements, investigations by the Office for Civil Rights and the Department of Justice, development of policies and plans for English Language Learner students, racial and sexual harassment and cyberbullying. She has assisted school districts in developing court-ordered and voluntary student assignment plans, and magnet plans and policies, including those that comply with the requirements of the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program. In addition, she has provided regulatory advice to companies in the education sector.
Maree is on the Board of Directors for the Magnet Schools of America. For more than a decade, she was on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She served as a board member and secretary of the National School Boards Foundation and as a Board member of the Council of School Attorneys. Before attending law school, she taught at the high school level. She was also a secondary school principal, assistant principal, and supervisor of gifted and alternative programs in the Montgomery County Public Schools.
- Representation of school districts in major school desegregation cases, including in negotiation of consent decrees and in unitary status analysis and proceedings.
- Representation of Baton Rouge community leaders successful effort in assisting in the resolution of the East Baton Rouge school desegregation case, which was the oldest desegregation case in the country.
- Representation of school districts in investigations conducted by the Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights, including investigations of English Language Learner, special education programs, and Title IX allegations.
- Representation of school districts in development and implementation of major policies, including for opening and closing schools, revising attendance boundaries, and ensuring equal educational opportunities.
Presenter, "Reinventing School Choice Diversity and Unitary Status," Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL.
Presenter, "DOE/DOJ Guidance on Promoting Diversity," Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL.
Presenter, "Cyberbullying and Sexting," American Association of School Administrators, Houston, TX.
Presenter, "Negotiating Your Contract," American Association of School Administrators, Houston, TX.
Presenter, "OCR & DOJ Guidance on Voluntary Use of Race and Other Developments," Magnet Schools of America, Washington D.C.
Presenter, "Civil Rights Update," Magnet Schools of Texas, Houston, TX.
Presenter, "Nuts and Bolts of Investigative Writing," Area Cooperative Educational Services, New Haven, CT.
Presenter, "School Harassment & Bullying," Magnet Schools of America, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Presenter, "Legal Issues Regarding Immigrants and ELL," Maryland Association of Boards of Education, Ocean City, MD.
Presenter, "ELL and the Law," Harvard Institute for School Leadership.
Presenter, "The U.S. Supreme Court: Nine Justices Dressed in Black and How Their Opinions May Impact Your School District," American Association of School Administrators.
Presenter, "Bullying, Cyberbullying and Harassment: What School Districts Need to Know to Protect Their Students and Themselves," Columbia Law School: School Law Institute 2011.
Presenter, "The Language of Equal Education Opportunity," Council of Urban Boards of Education, Memphis, TN.
Presenter, "Bullying and Harassment: What School Districts Need to Know to Protect their Students and Themselves," Magnet Schools of America, Washington, D.C.
Presenter, "Legal Issues Related to the Education of Immigrant Students and English Language Learners, National School Board Association, San Francisco, CA.
Presenter, "Bullying and Harassment: What School Districts Need to Know to Protect their Students and Themselves," Connecticut State Department of Education, Hartford, CT.
Presenter, "Legal Issues With Respect to the Education of Immigrant Students and ELL," American Association of School Administrators, Denver, CO.
Presenter, "Student Assignment -- What Has Been Happening Lately?" Magnet Schools of America 2010 National Conference, Tampa, FL.
Presenter, "The Nuts and Bolts of Writing an Investigation Report," Connecticut State Department of Education.
Presenter, "Legal Update: Reauthorization of the ESEA," National School Boards Association, Chicago, IL.
Presenter, "Civil Rights Enforcement in School Districts Under the Obama Administration, National School Boards Association, Chicago, IL.
Presenter, "Gifting to Schools with Title IX," American Schools Foundation Alliance, Chicago, IL.
Hogan Lovells Publications
06 March 2009
"Stimulus Legislation Update: Issue 4 - New Online Resources for Tracking Stimulus Funds." Stimulus Legislation Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
20 February 2009
"Economic Stimulus Act Benefits Elementary and Secondary Education." Education Investors Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
17 November 2005
"Schaffer v. Weast: Burden of Proof at IDEA Administrative Hearings." Education Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
13 September 2004
"New FCC Measures Affecting the E-Rate Program." Telecommunications, Media, and Entertainment Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
21 May 2012
"Who Should Negotiate Your Contract?" The School Administrator, American Association of School Administrators
15 May 2004
"Brown v. Board: Intent v. Impact. (*Power Point Slide Show)." Presented at the Brown v. The Board of Education 50th Anniversary sponsored by The School District of Palm Beach County, Florida. May 15, 2004.
01 March 1997
"Practical Guide to Issues Related to Unitary Status, Inquiry and Analysis." National School Board Association