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Partner - Gary R. Brochu

Gary R. Brochu

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Gary Brochu practices in the areas of education and school law. He has been actively involved in the education community on a statewide basis for a number of years. He currently serves as President of the Berlin Board of Education and on the Board of Directors with CABE, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.

Prior to joining the firm, Gary was a litigation consultant for The Hartford, after working for several years as an attorney at two Hartford area law firms.

Distinctions

  • American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law

Community Involvement

  • Town of Berlin Board of Education: President (1998-2002, 2003-present)
  • Connecticut Association of Boards of Education: Vice President of Programs and Convention (2004-2006); Secretary-Treasurer (2002-2004); Area Director (2000-2002)
  • The Hartford Reading Buddy Program: Director (2003-2006)

Publications

July 31, 2015  TRB Issues New Guidance Concerning the Reemployment of Retired Teachers
September 2014  THE PROFESSIONAL GOVERNANCE BOARD - September 2014
June 2014  THE PROFESSIONAL GOVERNANCE BOARD - June 2014
February 2014  A Guide to Good Board Behavior
February 25, 2013  Negligence of Regional School District Employee not Imputed to Municipality
January 15, 2013  Board Member Removed from Board for Accepting Compensation for Supervising Field Trip
January 14, 2013  Court Rejects Student's Challenge to Student ID Badge Requirement
February 6, 2012  The Acts of Individual Board Members Can Mean Liability for the Entire Board of Education
February 6, 2012  Recent Court Decision Defines the Duty of Care for School Districts
January 25, 2012  Challenges in Implementation of Race to the Top
January 25, 2012  ADA Does Not Restrict School Districts When Teachers Can't Perform Essential Functions of Job
April 29, 2011  Second Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Decision on Disciplining a Student for Off-Campus E-Mail
February 3, 2011  Virginia School Board Votes to Return Ten Commandments Displays to Schools
January 19, 2011  First Circuit Affirms That Recitation Of The Pledge Of Allegiance Is Not A Formal Religious Exercise
August 30, 2010  New Federal “Ed Jobs” Funding Creates Opportunities and Pitfalls for Connecticut School Districts
February 23, 2010  Required Reading — Federal Court Clarifies Discovery Obligations for Pre-dispute and Litigation Matters
June 20, 2008  Changes in Suspension Law Postponed Until July 1, 2009

Events

April 8, 2015  Avoiding the Board Member Blues: How To Become a More Informed Board Member - Hartford
March 26, 2015  The Thirty-Seventh Annual School Health Conference
March 22, 2015  National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference 2015
March 19, 2015  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2015 Public Sector Legal Update
November 14-15, 2014  2014 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
December 12, 2013  A Legal and Practical Guide to the Board of Education Meeting
May 8, 2013  Top Legal Issues for Connecticut's Charter Schools
March 28, 2013  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2013 Public Sector Legal Update
April 23, 2012  Meaningful Meetings: More than Just Going through the Motions
April 22, 2012  Become a High Functioning School Board
December 15, 2011  I've Been Elected Board Chair--Now What?
November 18 - 19, 2011  2011 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
March 4, 2011  Labor and Employment Department Public Sector 2011 Spring Seminar
November 19-20, 2010  2010 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
March 19, 2010  Labor and Employment Department Public Sector Spring Seminar
November 5, 2009  Looking Beyond Electronic Discovery for the Public Sector
September 25, 2009  Teaching and Learning in the Future Sense
April 3, 2009  Labor and Employment Department Spring Seminar
April 4, 2008  Labor and Employment Department Spring Seminar
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Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1992, with honors
  • University of Connecticut, M.B.A., 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
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