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Partner - Gary R. Brochu

Gary R. Brochu

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Gary Brochu is a partner in the School Law Practice Group and his practice is exclusively focused on the representation of boards of education in labor, personnel and other issues, as well as general school law matters. Gary counsels board of education employers on the full range of personnel issues, including the hiring process and application issues, personnel policies and practices, teacher tenure proceedings, non-certified termination, Freedom of Information Act and related matters. This experience, along with his intimate knowledge of school district work, allows Gary to approach contract negotiations with an acute understanding of the issues that may arise during the course of the contract, and how the language of the collective bargaining agreement can assist or detract in addressing these issues.

In addition to practicing in the area of education law, Gary served on the Berlin Board of Education for nineteen years, including seventeen of those years as its President. In addition to this service, he was involved with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (“CABE”), including serving four years on its Executive Board and over fifteen years on its Board of Directors. Gary has given numerous presentations on the issues facing school boards and school districts to state and national audiences, as well as conducting workshops on effective board performance. His article on the role of boards of education in student achievement appeared in the April 2016 issue of the American School Board Journal. He has written extensively on professional governance boards and is a contributing author to the firm’s school law blog, www.ctschoollaw.com.  Currently Gary is the President of the Board of Directors of Coram Deo Recovery, a non-profit dedicated to proving transitional housing and services for women recovering from addiction and abuse.

Distinctions

  • American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law

Community Involvement

  • Town of Berlin Board of Education: President (1997-2002, 2003-2015)
  • 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)
  • Coram Deo Recovery: President of the Board of Directors (2014-present)

Publications

August 4, 2016  Effective July 1, 2016, School Districts Subject to New Requirements for Employee Background Checks
April 2016  The Governance - Achievement Link
November 2015  THE PROFESSIONAL GOVERNANCE BOARD - November 2015
July/August 2015  THE PROFESSIONAL GOVERNANCE BOARD - July/August 2015
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

March 31, 2016  Critical Issues in School Health 2016
March 30, 2016   Webinar: Board Member Boot Camp - Roles and Responsibilities
January 22, 2016  CASBO Timely Topic Workshop
December 15, 2015  What Every School Board Member Should Know: A Review of Legal Rights and Responsibilities - Hartford, CT
November 20-21, 2015   2015 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
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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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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