We Listen.

Expanding the Internal, Predecisional Deliberations Exception under the Right to Know Law

Are communications between an agency and a contractor “internal to the agency” under the internal, predecisional deliberations exception of the Right to Know Law? The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania recently said yes, and protected some documents from public disclosure under Section 708(b)(10)(i) of the Right to Know Law. In Finnerty v. Pennsylvania Department of …

Read More

The Deadline Approaches …

By: Amanda Sundquist Statements of Financial Interest are not just for candidates running for office. Public officials (individuals currently serving elected or appointed offices) and certain public employees are required to annually file the Statement by May 1st. Local (county, township, borough, or school district) public officials and employees file …

Read More

Transgender Policy Issues: New Developments and Legal Uncertainty

By: Andrew D.H. Rau and Amanda J. Sundquist School administrators and legal practitioners across Pennsylvania and the nation are digesting the latest, and sometimes conflicting, developments when it comes to policy and practice concerning transgender rights. The lead headlines have focused on the Trump Administration’s new joint Dear Colleague Letter, issued by the …

Read More

To Enroll or Not to Enroll, That is the Question: Educational Records

By: Amanda J. Sundquist School administrators and administrative staff are often faced with a number of challenging issues regarding enrollment of new students. A common issue is whether a school district can register a child where the school district has not received the child’s prior educational records, including disciplinary records. A school district …

Read More

To Enroll or Not to Enroll, That is the Question: Home Language Survey

By: Amanda J. Sundquist With the start of the school year, school administrators and administrative staff are often faced with a number of challenging issues regarding enrollment of new students. A common issue is whether a school district can register a child whose parents have declined to complete the Home Language Survey. In order …

Read More

To Enroll or Not to Enroll, That is the Question: Immunizations

By: Amanda Sundquist With the start of the school year, school administrators and administrative staff are often faced with a number of challenging issues regarding enrollment of new students. A common issue is whether a school district can register a child that does not have the required proof of immunization. A school district …

Read More

Office for Civil Rights Guidance on Student Enrollment

By: Amanda Sundquist The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) updated its previous “Dear Colleague” letter issued in 2011 regarding public schools’ obligations for student enrollment. Public schools may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status of a student (or his/her parent or guardian) in regard …

Read More

New Jersey School Districts Permitted to Add Alleged Bullies and Parents as Defendants

By: Amanda Sundquist In a unique ruling, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge has permitted two school districts to add eleven students and their parents as third party defendants in a bullying and harassment case against the school districts. The students are alleged to have bullied the student plaintiff and their parents are …

Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear “I (Heart) Boobies” Student Speech Case

By: Amanda Sundquist I have previously blogged about a First Amendment law suit brought by two middle school students against Easton Area School District in federal court. The school district banned the wearing of “I (heart) Boobies” bracelets distributed by the Keep A Breast Foundation. The students were suspended for failing to comply …

Read More

New Concussion Standards for School Districts

By: Amanda Sundquist On November 9, 2011, the “Safety in Youth Sports Act” was signed into law.  The Act addresses concussion and head injury risks for student athletes and the education of the coaching staff. School districts have new parent notification obligations under the Act.  Prior to participation of a student athlete in an …

Read More

1 2 3 4

Sophisticated, Responsive and Focused.

  • “At Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, the client’s objective is never lost in the details and as a result, even complex deals get done quickly and efficiently..."

    Read More...

  • “Unruh Turner Burke & Frees has been a tremendous resource to me and my team throughout the past 17+ years. This highly-talented group delivers the...”

    Read More...

  • “Unruh Turner Burke & Frees has been a trusted source of advice and counsel on all levels of governmental law and regulation, from zoning and land use...”

    Read More...

  • "Our Trust Department has utilized Unruh Turner Burke & Frees’ expertise for several years to assist our clients with their overall estate plans. They..."

    Read More...

  • “Over the last 25 years Unruh Turner Burke & Frees has represented our residential building and development enterprise in many capacities including real..."

    Read More...

  • "Based on my long-term relationship with Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, I can wholeheartedly recommend its services to any business owner who wishes to work with...”

    Read More...

  • “We recently hired Unruh Turner Burke & Frees to handle a conditional use application for our Chestnut Street Lofts apartment project in downtown West Chester..."

    Read More...

  • “I have been working with Unruh Turner Burke & Frees for many years. They have provided legal counsel in the areas of Estate Planning, Land Use, Litigation and...”

    Read More...

  • “I have relied on the firm's legal advice to make critical decisions on handling family wealth and making appropriate decisions for my family's future.”

    Read More...

  • “… This highly-talented group delivers the highest quality legal work and brings real-world experience in a very cost-effective manner…”

    Read More...

  • "If there is an issue facing a municipality, Unruh Turner Burke & Frees is the source for sound guidance and direction.”

    Read More...

  • “…They have provided legal counsel in the areas of Estate Planning, Land Use, Litigation and Real Estate. In every one of those areas I have been blessed with great ...”

    Read More...

  • "Whether we are competing in a strong market or working through a declining market, it has always been reassuring to know that Unruh Turner Burke & Frees has both..."

    Read More...

meet our elite team
West Chester, PA
17 West Gay Street
P.O. BOX 515
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 692-1371
Phoenixville, PA
120 Gay Street
P.O. Box 289
Phoenixville, PA 19460
(610) 933-8069
Paoli, PA
43 Leopard Road, Building II
Suite 103
Paoli, PA 19301
(610) 240-0750