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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,  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.


  • 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)


March 31, 2017  Webinar: Board Member Boot Camp - Conducting BOE Hearings
January 26, 2017  Webinar: Board Member Boot Camp -- Your Guide to Robert's Rules of Order
September 27, 2016  Webinar: Board Member Boot Camp - A Guide to Effective Board Meetings
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

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

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  • Connecticut

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