Education Law


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Education Law

Tharrington Smith has been an partner to education in North Carolina for more than 30 years.  Since 1978, we have served as general counsel to the Wake County Board of Education and the North Carolina School Boards Association and have assisted more than 100 school systems across the state with their legal needs. We are also general counsel for the school boards of the Alamance-Burlington Schools, Brunswick, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Durham Public Schools, Weldon City Schools, and Bertie, Chatham, Cleveland, Currituck, Edgecombe, Jones, Lenoir, Northampton, Moore, Person, and Tyrrell counties. We also work jointly with local attorneys for the Beaufort, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Johnston, and Rowan-Salisbury boards and are counsel to several private schools, including Duke School and Trinity School in Durham. In addition, our education attorneys have represented several community colleges in various litigation matters. We provide a wide range of legal support involving personnel and student discipline issues, contracts, policy manual revisions, teacher dismissals, funding disputes, special education matters, school closings, construction, and everything in between. We represent our clients in state, federal, and administrative courts, and in complaints before the Office for Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Our attorneys, many of whom have been educators or have educators in their families, have a passion for representing the educational institutions and educators of our state.

  • Jonathan A. Blumberg

    Jonathan A. Blumberg

    A native of Maryland and a former wrestler and wrestling coach, and now an avid rock climber,…

  • Eva DuBuisson

    Eva DuBuisson

    Eva DuBuisson received her undergraduate degree in public policy from Duke University. In 2007,…

  • Benita N. Jones

    Benita N. Jones

    Benita N. Jones is originally from eastern North Carolina. She attended magnet schools in…

  • Kathleen P. Tanner Kennedy

    Kathleen P. Tanner Kennedy

    Kathleen P. Tanner Kennedy, a Raleigh native, earned her undergraduate degree in 1997 from the…

  • Rod Malone

    Rod Malone

    Rod Malone came to Tharrington Smith in 1989. He grew up in Raleigh and graduated from North…

  • Melissa Michaud

    Melissa Michaud

    Melissa Michaud received her undergraduate degree in political science from Brown University in…

  • Adam Mitchell

    Adam Mitchell

    Adam Mitchell graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University in 1998. …

  • Neal Ramee

    Neal Ramee

    Neal Ramee is a partner in the firm’s Education Section.  He received his…

  • Stephen Rawson

    Stephen Rawson

    Stephen Rawson earned his undergraduate degree in physics with honors from Duke University in…

  • Colin Shive

    Colin Shive

    Colin Shive received his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from Clemson University in 2006 and his…

  • Ken Soo

    Ken Soo

    Ken Soo’s areas of practice include public school law, employment law and civil litigation. Mr….

  • Deborah Stagner

    Deborah Stagner

    Deborah Stagner is originally from Missouri and received her undergraduate degree in political…

  • Carolyn A. Waller

    Carolyn A. Waller

    Carolyn Waller joined the Education Section of Tharrington Smith in 2000.  Her practice…