skip to main content
Partner - Julie C. Fay

Julie C. Fay


Download vCard

Julie Fay represents both public and independent schools in a variety of general education and special education law matters, with a particular focus on issues relating to students, confidentiality, school governance and policy.

Julie frequently represents public schools in administrative hearings, including expulsion hearings, special education due process hearings and related proceedings, and is often called upon to guide districts in drafting policies and administrative procedures in all areas of education law.

Having worked at an independent school as a teacher, coach and dorm parent, Julie brings valuable insight to her legal practice representing independent schools.  Julie frequently advises independent schools on matters such as school investigations, student discipline, mandated reporting obligations, and compliance with federal and state law.  In working with independent school clients, Julie assists in the development of enrollment contracts; employment agreements; school policies and handbooks for faculty, employees and students, and she works collaboratively with other members of the firm to provide educational institutions with comprehensive legal services.  

As part of her practice, Julie provides training and professional development workshops for faculty, staff and students on current and important topics, such as professional boundaries, social media, sexual assault and harassment, special education and accommodating individuals with disabilities.  Julie has been a presenter for independent school groups such as Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), as well as for other educational industry organizations such as the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAC) and the Capital Region Education Council (CREC).  Julie is a past president of the Connecticut Council of School Attorneys (COSA) and is a former adjunct professor at Quinnipiac Law School where she taught a course on Education and the Law. 

Prior to becoming a school lawyer, Julie worked for a number of years at an independent boarding school in Massachusetts, where she continues to reside with her family.


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Schools & Education (2011-2012)
  • Connecticut Bar Association Honor Roll, Connecticut Pro Bono Network (2005)
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation: James W. Cooper Fellow
  • Connecticut Law Review, Articles Editor

Teaching Positions

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law: Former Adjunct Professor, Education Law

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Education Law Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Connecticut Council of School Attorneys: President (2010-2011); Secretary (2009-2010)
  • Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys
  • National School Boards Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Background Check Guidance to Schools

Provide up-to-date guidance to public and independent schools on employee background checks, including a focus on relevant employment policies, procedures and best practices.

Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response

Provide general counsel to independent schools on all aspects of effective prevention and response to allegations of past and present sexual misconduct involving students. Assist schools in the development of comprehensive and legally compliant sexual misconduct policies. Advise and provide faculty training on mandated reporting obligations and coordination with law enforcement.


May 8, 2019  Measles Outbreak and Implications for Connecticut Schools
April 17, 2019  "Varsity Blues:" Lessons To Be Learned From The Admissions Scandal
May 23, 2018  Massachusetts' Supreme Court Finds Colleges May Face Liability for Student Suicide Under Certain Circumstances
May 8, 2018  The GDPR is Coming: Keep Calm and Plan
March 20, 2018  NAIS and TABS Task Force Issue Final Report on Educator Sexual Misconduct
February 21, 2018  Second Circuit Upholds Ruling in Munn v. Hotchkiss
September 25, 2017  U.S. Department of Education Withdraws Prior Title IX Guidance and Issues Interim Guidance on Sexual Misconduct
August 14, 2017  Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Decision in Munn v. Hotchkiss
July 6, 2017  Connecticut Independent Schools Required to Perform Background Checks on Potential Employees Effective July 1, 2017
April 18, 2017  Mandated Reporting and Professional Boundaries: Important Training for Faculty and Staff
November 14, 2016  Ban the Box, But Do Your Due Diligence
September 23, 2015  New Notice to Parents Regarding Special Education Rights
July 9, 2015  State Department of Education Weighs in on Parents' Right to Independent Educational Evaluations
February 18, 2015  New School Security and Safety Standards Encourage, but no Longer Mandate, ICS Courses for All Employees
February 2015  Julie Fay Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article "Tips to avoid disparate discipline measures"
January 28, 2015  State Department of Education Issues Guidance on Technical Edits to the IEP Document
January 23, 2015  Bureau of Special Education Issues Guidance on a School District's Ability to Send Records to Out-of-District Placements
January 9, 2015  U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Ebola for K-12 Schools
November 24, 2014  Ebola Guidance for Schools: Focusing on the Basics

View All »


December 5-7, 2019  2019 TABS Conference
October 23, 2019  22nd Annual CHA Statewide Conference
October 17, 2019  Webinar: Anonymous Reporting and Electronic Monitoring: Useful Tools or Potential Minefields for Schools?
October 1, 2019  Webinar: Legal Check-Up: Student Health Issues
September 21, 2019  2019 CAIS Annual Conference on Governance
February 26, 2019  Webinar: The Nuts and Bolts of Student Handbooks for Independent Schools
November 1, 2018   2018 AISNE Governance Conference
October 18-19, 2018  2018 NAIS-TABS Legal Symposium
May 1, 2018  CAIS Annual Conference on Business, Legal and Facilities Affairs
November 30 - December 2, 2017  2017 TABS Annual Conference
November 2, 2017  AISNE 2017 Governance Conference
October 3, 2017  Webinar: Mandated Reporting in Connecticut - Understanding Legal Obligations and Best Practice
September 23, 2017  2017 CAIS Annual Conference on Governance
August 22, 2017  Connecticut Independent Schools Employment Law: Background Check Requirements
March 29, 2017  United Educators Nutmeg Group/CAIS Risk Management Forum: Independent School Medical Issues
October 14, 2016  2016 NAIS-TABS Legal Symposium: Student Discipline in the Cyber-Age
June 14, 2016  Transgender Issues in Independent Schools
March 31, 2016  United Educators Risk Management Forum, Nutmeg Group: Legal Perspectives on Social Media
March 28, 2016  Drawing the Line: Legal Issues and Professional Boundaries in Independent Schools
February 24 – 26, 2016  2016 NAIS Annual Conference
November 12 - 13, 2015  2015 CAIS Annual Conference for Heads of School
November 10, 2015  United Educators Risk Management Forum, Cranberry Group: Sexual Misconduct in Independent Schools
October 16, 2015  Drawing the Line: Respect, Boundaries and the Law in Independent Schools
September 26, 2015  Update on Current Legal Issues for Independent Schools
August 31, 2015  Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Independent Schools
August 31, 2015  Mandated Reporting Training
July 13, 2015  Cyberbullying and Social Media in Independent Schools
June 2, 2015  Hot Topics in Special Education - Hartford
April 14, 2015  Hot Topics and Legal Trends in Independent Schools
November 4, 2016  Cyberbullying and Social Media in Independent Schools

View All »


Your e-mail and any information in your e-mail to this individual are not protected by the attorney client privilege. Therefore your e-mail should not contain any confidential information and should be for general information purposes only. The e-mail to this individual is not intended to create, and does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

Practice Areas

Industries & Featured Services


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2001, with honors
  • Middlebury College, M.A., 1995
  • Williams College, B.A., 1991, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, District of MA
© Shipman & Goodwin LLP 2019. All Rights Reserved.