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Associate - Peter J. Maher

Peter J. Maher


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Peter Maher is a member of the School Law Practice Group where he represents public school districts in a variety of general education, special education, and labor and employment law matters.  Peter frequently presents on various school law topics and provides professional development training for school personnel.  Before obtaining his law degree, he served as a lead teacher at Centennial School of Lehigh University, a state approved private special education day school, nationally recognized for its use of positive behavioral interventions and supports with students with significant emotional/behavioral disorders and autism.  Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Peter served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Schools & Education (2015-2017)
  • CALI Excellence Awards for Administrative Law (2011), Center for Children's Advocacy (2011), Criminal Law (2009), Federalism (2012), Health Care Law and Regulation (2012), Labor Law (2012), Problems in Constitutional Law (2012), Special Education Law (2011) and Torts (2009)
  • William F. Starr Fellowship Award
  • Connecticut Law Review Student Note Award/Alumni Association Award
  • University of Connecticut Law School Foundation Prize for Exceptional Achievement in Scholarship

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut: Adjunct Professor, Neag School of Education
  • Centennial School of Lehigh University, Lead Teacher, 2007-2009; Teacher Associate, 2005-2007

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
  • Connecticut School Attorneys Council; President, 2015-2016; Secretary, 2014-2015

Community Involvement

  • Fred D. Wish School Volunteer Tutor Program


December 1, 2017  Webinar: 2017 Roundup - What You Should Know About Special Education Decisions
September 14, 2017  2017 Education Legislation Summary Seminar - Hartford
May 12, 2017   Lehigh University's 45th Special Education Law Conference
March 10, 2017  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2017 Public Sector Legal Update
October 14, 2016  CASBO Timely Topic Workshop
September 20, 2016  2016 Education Legislation Summary - Hartford
May 19, 2016  Special Education Trends and Hot Topics - Hartford
May 13, 2016   Lehigh University's 44th Special Education Law Conference
March 17, 2016  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2016 Public Sector Legal Update
October 2, 2015  What You Need to Know about 504, Bullying and Cyberbullying
May 8, 2015  A Life Saved: Suicide Prevention and FAPE Obligations
March 19, 2015  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2015 Public Sector Legal Update
March 18, 2015  NBI: Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights
November 14-15, 2014  2014 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
May 15, 2014  NBI: Disciplining Students with Behavioral Issues
May 14, 2014  A Special Education Primer for Connecticut's Charter Schools
March 13, 2014  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2014 Public Sector Legal Update
January 21, 2014  Stamford - Peanuts, Concussions and Extracurriculars: Exploring the Landscape of Section 504

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  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2012, with highest honors
  • Lehigh University, M.Ed., 2007, B.A., 2005, with honors

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

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