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Maree F. Sneed
Partner, Washington, D.C.
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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.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • 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.  


RECENT PRESENTATIONS
12.12 - 12.13.2013
Presenter, "Magnets in a School Choice Arena: Innovation in Learning - What We Know", Goodwin College, Hartford, CT.

12.02 - 12.03.2013
Presenter, "The Nuts and Bolts of Writing an Investigative Report", ACES, New Haven, CT.

10.25 - 10.26.2013
Presenter, "Negotiating Your Contact 2013", AASA and WELV Women's Leadership Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

07.10.2013
Presenter, "Bullying, Cyberbullying and Harassment: What School Districts Need to Know to Protect Their Students and Themselves", Columbia Law School: School Law Institute 2013, New York, NY.

07.11.2013
Presenter, "OCR Guidance: Students with Disabilities in Extracurricular Activities", AASA, Arlington, VA.

05.06.2013
Presenter, "Equitable Access of Gifted & Selective Enrollment of Magnet Programs", MSA, Tulsa, OK.

04.25 - 04.27.2013
Presenter, "What to Do When OCR Comes to Your Door", LGA Conference, Roanoke, VA.

04.13 - 04.15.2013
Presenter, "Dealing with the Challenges of Social Media & Cyberbullying", NSBA, San Diego, CA.

04.01.2013
Presenter, "Title IX Conducting Investigation & Report Writing", ACES, New Haven, CT.

03.25.2013
Presenter, "Title IX Conducting Investigation & Report Writing", ACES, New Haven, CT.

02.22.2013
Presenter, "Contract  Presentation - Negotiating Your Contract", AASA, Los Angeles, CA.

02.21.2013
Presenter, "Avoiding the Headaches & Costs of Special Education Litigation", AASA, Los Angeles, CA.

02.21.2013
Presenter, "Dealing with the Challenges of Social Media & Cyberbullying", AASA, Los Angeles, CA.

12.05.2012
Presenter, "Nuts and Bolts of Writing an Investigative Report", ACES, New Haven, CT.

10.23 - 10.24.2012
Presenter, "Nuts and Bolts of Writing an Investigative Report", ACES, New Haven, CT.

05.08.2012
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.

02.17.2012
Presenter, "Cyberbullying and Sexting," American Association of School Administrators, Houston, TX.

02.16.2012
Presenter, "Negotiating Your Contract," American Association of School Administrators, Houston, TX.

02.02.2012
Presenter, "OCR & DOJ Guidance on Voluntary Use of Race and Other Developments," Magnet Schools of America, Washington D.C.

11.11.2011
Presenter, "Civil Rights Update," Magnet Schools of Texas, Houston, TX.

10.24.2011
Presenter, "Nuts and Bolts of Investigative Writing," Area Cooperative Educational Services, New Haven, CT.

10.23.2011
Presenter, "School Harassment & Bullying," Magnet Schools of America, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

10.05.2011
Presenter, "Legal Issues Regarding Immigrants and ELL," Maryland Association of Boards of Education, Ocean City, MD.

07.13.2011
Presenter, "ELL and the Law," Harvard Institute for School Leadership.

07.12.2011
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.

07.11.2011
Presenter, "Bullying, Cyberbullying and Harassment: What School Districts Need to Know to Protect Their Students and Themselves," Columbia Law School: School Law Institute 2011.

06.25.2011
Presenter, "The Language of Equal Education Opportunity," Council of Urban Boards of Education, Memphis, TN.

05.16.2011
Presenter, "Bullying and Harassment: What School Districts Need to Know to Protect their Students and Themselves," Magnet Schools of America, Washington, D.C.

04.10.2011
Presenter, "Legal Issues Related to the Education of Immigrant Students and English Language Learners, National School Board Association, San Francisco, CA.

03.23.2011
Presenter, "Bullying and Harassment: What School Districts Need to Know to Protect their Students and Themselves," Connecticut State Department of Education, Hartford, CT.

02.18.2011
Presenter, "Legal Issues With Respect to the Education of Immigrant Students and ELL," American Association of School Administrators, Denver, CO.

02.06.2011
Presenter, "Student Assignment -- What Has Been Happening Lately?" Magnet Schools of America 2010 National Conference, Tampa, FL.

11.12.2010
Presenter, "The Nuts and Bolts of Writing an Investigation Report," Connecticut State Department of Education.

04.11.2010
Presenter, "Legal Update: Reauthorization of the ESEA," National School Boards Association, Chicago, IL.

04.09.2010
Presenter, "Civil Rights Enforcement in School Districts Under the Obama Administration, National School Boards Association, Chicago, IL.

04.08.2010
Presenter, "Gifting to Schools with Title IX," American Schools Foundation Alliance, Chicago, IL.

Hogan Lovells Publications
12 March 2014 "Department of Education Clarifies Obligations of Schools When Contracting With Online Service Providers." Education and Privacy Alert, Hogan Lovells

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

Published Works
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

PRACTICES
Education
Litigation and Arbitration
Class Actions
Appellate
Electronic Discovery and Information Risk Management
INDUSTRY SECTORS
Education
AREAS OF FOCUS
  • Civil Rights
  • Policy Development
  • Mediation
  • Student Assignment
EDUCATION
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
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Adjunct Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Faculty, Broad Urban Superintendents Academy
  • Board of Advisors, Broad Foundation
  • Board of Directors, National School Boards Foundation
  • Board of Advisors, "School Superintendents Insider" publication
  • Board of Directors, Teach for America, D.C.
  • Member, American Association of School Administrators
  • Member, Council of School Attorneys
AWARDS / RANKINGS
  • Distinguished Service, Magnet Schools of America
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS District of Columbia Illinois Maryland
COURT ADMISSIONS U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit U.S. Supreme Court