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Partner - Linda L. Yoder

Linda L. Yoder


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Linda Yoder is a partner in the School Law Practice Group and has over 25 years of experience advising public and independent schools and colleges on education matters. Linda has worked with many school districts throughout the state on general education, litigation and special education matters. She began working in the education area as one of the attorneys representing the State of New Jersey before the United States Supreme Court in New Jersey v. T.L.O, the seminal case with regard to school searches. She currently focuses her practice in the areas of special education, investigations of discrimination claims including Title IX, sexual harassment or race discrimination, and representation of schools in administrative and court litigation matters involving such areas as First Amendment rights, student discipline, or contract disputes. She has successfully argued cases before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Many of these cases have clarified or defined the law in the State of Connecticut. For example, these cases established standards for statutes of limitation, non-renewal of teaching staff and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In addition, she advises schools with regard to the day-to-day issues of running a school such as responding to questions about administration of medications, confidentiality concerns, employee matters, addressing school security issues and new legislation.

Linda is a frequent speaker on issues facing educational institutions at functions sponsored by various professional organizations and the State Department of Education, and at in-service programs offered by school districts. For several years, she has served on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association, Education Section.

Before joining the firm, Linda served the State of New Jersey as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice.


  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Chair, Connecticut Bar Association Education Section
  • Settlement Special Master for the United States District Court (2005-2009)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Council of School Attorneys
  • National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys

Superior Court Affirms That Parents Who Complain to Public Schools About Staff Have Limited Immunity From Suit

A Connecticut Superior court issued a ruling in the case of Sidney v. Spader, entering summary judgment in favor of parents who were sued after asking a public high school to investigate concerns about a coach. A high school teacher, and coach, was not given a coaching position for the following year, after the school administration investigated concerns raised by several parents about some coaching practices. The plaintiff, Mr. Sidney, sued two of the parents claiming tortious interference with business relations. In a case of first impression, the Court ruled that "individuals who express dissatisfaction to school officials regarding the conduct of teachers and principals are shielded from liability under the Noerr Pennington doctrine so long as the petition is not a sham." The court further ruled that the complaints in this case did not constitute a sham because the school took disciplinary action based on its investigation of the complaint. Therefore, the complaints were not objectively baseless and the alleged motives of the parents were not relevant. Hence, the court granted the defendants' motions for summary judgment.

Successful Representation in IDEA Case

Successfully represented the Woodstock, Connecticut Board of Education in defense of a claim brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA").  Plaintiff sued our client, claiming that the Board had failed to appropriately identify the child as eligible for special education services in a timely way, and to require the Board to reimburse the parents for their payment of tuition to a private school.   At the administrative hearing, the Board of Education won. The plaintiff appealed the hearing officer's decision to the United States District Court of Connecticut in which the decision for the Board of Education was upheld. The plaintiff sought judgment in the United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the lower courts' rulings. A.P. v. Woodstock Board of Education, 370 F. App’x 202, 55 IDELR 61 (2d Cir. 2010).


November 18-19, 2016   2016 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
November 16, 2016  Webinar: A School Attorney's Guide to ADA Accommodations for Employees
October 20-22, 2016   NSBA Council of School Attorneys 2016 School Law Practice Seminar
October 7, 2016  New Themes in ADA Compliance
April 8, 2016   COSA School Law Seminar
March 31, 2016  The Intersection of Sports and Education Law
March 17, 2016  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2016 Public Sector Legal Update
July 2, 2015  Webinar: Significant Changes to the Law Concerning Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
May 13, 2015  Webinar: Top Tips for Accommodations under the ADA - Who's Ready for Summer Camp?
March 19, 2015  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2015 Public Sector Legal Update
March 5, 2015  When Students Don't Attend School: The Law's Response to Truancy & Chronic Absenteeism
November 7, 2014  Effective Response to Sexual Violence Claims on Campus Under Title IX
April 11, 2013  Assessing School Risk: Tools for Responding to Student Conduct
April 9, 2013  Doors to Higher Education
April 4 & 5, 2013  ConnCase Leadership Forum
March 11, 2013  Assessing School Risk: Tools for Responding to Student Conduct
April 26, 2012  Handling Special Education Challenges
March 29-30, 2012  March Leadership Forum - Education and the Law: Current Legal Issues Impacting Education
November 18 - 19, 2011  2011 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
May 3, 2011  Education Law Seminar
November 19, 2010  Recent Cases: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
April 8, 2010  Investigations of Student Misconduct - Stamford, CT
March 24-25, 2010  Education and the Law: Current Legal Issues
January 21, 2010  Investigations of Student Misconduct - Hartford, CT
October 14, 2008  Section 504: Providing Regular Education Accommodations to Students With Disabilities
October 7, 2008  Section 504: Providing Regular Education Accommodations to Students With Disabilities
April 4, 2008  Labor and Employment Department Spring Seminar
February, 2006  Supervision of the Problem Employee
February, 2006  Proper Hiring Techniques
March 2004  An Eagle Eye View of Employment Law Issues for Connecticut Independent Schools
  A Brief Overview of the Interaction of Family Medical Leave, Worker's Compensation and Disability Law

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  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1981, magna cum laude
  • Grove City College, B.A., 1978,
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
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