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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 (2015-2018)
  • 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


February 14, 2019  Peter Maher Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Your guide to avoiding progress monitoring missteps"
December 17, 2018  Changes Proposed to Title IX Regulations Governing Sexual Harassment
December 14, 2018  Proposed Title IX Sexual Harassment Regulations Would Have Significant Impact on Public Schools and Colleges and Universities
August 6, 2018  2018 Education Legislation Summary
April 20, 2018  Second Circuit Holds Endrew F. Did Not Heighten FAPE Standard in Second Circuit; Rejects Parents' Procedural Claims and Request for Private Transition Program
April 17, 2018  SDE Issues New Guidelines for IEEs and In-School Observations
January 23, 2018  The End of a Long Road: The Connecticut Supreme Court Dismisses the Appeal of the CCJEF Plaintiffs
November 17, 2017  Peter Maher Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Prevent administrative convenience from creeping into classroom placement decisions"
October 24, 2017  CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – 10/24/2017
July 27, 2017  New Legislation Revises Physical Restraint and Seclusion Training Requirements
March 23, 2017  Supreme Court Clarifies FAPE Standard in Endrew F. Case
January 25, 2017  U.S. Department of Education Changes Name of Office Responsible for FERPA
January 23, 2017  OCR Releases New Section 504 Resource Guide
September 8, 2016  Peter Maher Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "'How I Advise My Clients': What parameters can districts set regarding IEEs?"
August 4, 2016  Effective July 1, 2016, School Districts Subject to New Requirements for Employee Background Checks
March 31, 2016  Peter Maher Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Don't Catch Parents Off Guard When it Comes to Child's Removals"
February 1, 2016  Second Circuit Holds District Denied FAPE by Refusing to Discuss Bullying at IEP Meeting
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
September 3, 2014  Important Update Regarding School Security and Safety Plans

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December 13, 2018  Webinar: Use of Physical Restraint, Seclusion and Exclusionary Time Out: An Interactive Webinar Addressing Legal Compliance
October 3, 2018  2018 CAPSS Legislative Update
September 14, 2018  2018 Education Legislation Summary Seminar - Hartford
June 14, 2018  Hot Topics in Special Education - Hartford
May 11, 2018  Lehigh University's 46th Special Education Law Conference
May 4, 2018  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2018 Public Sector Legal Update
March 29, 2018  CES Special Education Director Aspirant Series
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

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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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