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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, FERPA, and the Magnet School Assistance Project.

Maree has been involved in litigating on behalf of school districts in both state and federal courts, including 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
10.27 - 10.28.2014
Presenter, "Conducting Investigations & Report Writing" ACES, New Haven, CT.

10.21.2014
Presenter, "Title VI: Equitable Access and Resources", AASA Webinar.

10.15.2014
Presenter, "Buses, Boundaries, and Balancing Acts", Magnet Schools Assistance Program, Washington D.C.

10.12.2014
Presenter, "The Latest and Greatest on the Law", Magnet Schools of America, Baltimore, MD.

10.03.2014
Presenter, "How to Identify, Investigate and Address Bullying/Cyberbullying and Harassment", AASA & ACSA Women in School Leadership Forum, Rohnert Park, CA.

10.02.2014
Presenter, "Protecting Study Privacy: New Guidelines", Maryland Association of Boards of Education, Ocean City, MD.

07.16.2014
Presenter, "Bullying and Harassment: What School Districts Need to Know to Protect Students and Themselves", Columbia Law School, New York, NY.

04.05 - 04.07.214
Presenter, "The ABCs of ELL", National School Boards Association, New Orleans, LA.

04.05 - 04.07.2014
Presenter, "How to Stay Out of Trouble When Using Social Media", National School Boards Association, New Orleans, LA.

04.05 - 04.07.214
Presenter, "How to Avoid a Cheating Scandal", National School Boards Association, New Orleans, LA.

02.13 - 02.15.2014
Presenter, "How to Avoid a Cheating Scandal", AASA National Conference on Education, Nashville, TN.

02.13 - 02.15.2014
Presenter, "How to Stay Out of Trouble When Using Social Media", AASA National Conference on Education, Nashville, TN.

02.13 - 02.15.2014
Presenter, "New School Discipline Guidance from the OCR and DOJ", AASA National Conference on Education, Nashville, TN.

02.13 - 02.15.2014
Presenter, "Negotiating Your Contract", AASA National Conference on Education, Nashville, TN.

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.

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
May 2012 "Who Should Negotiate Your Contract?" The School Administrator, American Association of School Administrators

September 2009 "Complying With Single-Sex Education Regulations." The School Administrator, American Association of School Administrators

PRACTICES
Education
Litigation and Arbitration
Class Actions
Appellate
Electronic Discovery and Information Risk Management
Privacy and Information Management
INDUSTRY SECTORS
Education
AREAS OF FOCUS
  • Civil Rights
  • Policy Development
  • Mediation
  • Student Assignment
  • FERPA
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