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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)
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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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