Greg Smith Protects the Civil Rights of Students, Teachers and the Disabled.
Before they call Attorney Smith, people have tried to resolve problems at school themselves. They have a range of feelings. They’re frustrated because they haven’t been able to make officials listen. They’re tired of fighting. They feel things have happened much too fast, and they fear damaging long-term commitments. In hiring Greg, clients feel relieved to have a professional that can talk about their situation with them in plain English. They feel they finally have someone strong enough to make officials take their interests seriously. They’re confident Greg will make sure the system protects their rights.
An Insider’s Knowledge And An Advocate’s Zeal
Greg Smith has always believed deeply in the power of school and college to help students learn and grow. Before practicing law he taught in public and private schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. Since college he has dedicated his career to keeping opportunity open to everyone.
Families Shouldn’t Pay For Official Mistakes.
Greg knows how schools work. He has seen what teachers and principals say and do in their classrooms and offices. He knows what superintendents say to the board of education in closed session. When officials make mistakes — when they overlook signs of trouble, ignore plans and policies, use poor judgment — he recognizes how they threaten students’ futures and teachers’ careers, and he knows what to do about it.
A State-Wide Practice
To protect his clients’ rights Greg argues to boards of education in every town and city in Connecticut. He pursues his clients’ case in administrative hearings, mediation and arbitration. When necessary he brings suit in all Superior Courts in the state and in the United States District Courts in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford.
For students in special education he ensures they receive the services they need for a free and appropriate education. For students with disabilities and a 504 plan he works for the accommodations that will give them the same educational opportunity that every other student has. For students facing suspension and expulsion he works for the least possible consequence. For students facing discrimination he applies federal civil rights laws to stop abuse and remedy its damaging effects. For students undergoing the terror of bullying or the horror of sexual harassment he uses every legal means to halt it immediately and hold the perpetrators accountable. For students damaged by the district’s negligence he proceeds in court to win compensation for their injuries and to keep others from being harmed in the same manner.
For teachers facing dismissal attorney Smith organizes evidence and testimony to refute the superintendent’s charges. For teachers with disabilities he ensures they have the accommodations they need to pursue their calling. For teachers injured by a malicious co-worker he presses claims to hold the assailant liable in court.