Schools & Education

School and education law requires a genuine concern for the well-being of students and communities. As such, our attorneys have a unique ability to efficiently navigate the industry’s complex environment.

At Sands Anderson, we have substantial experience representing an array of education clientele with thorough, caring support for their specific legal needs and goals. Our attorneys collaborate across our firm’s practice areas to thoroughly guide our education law clients. Whether helping you address student discipline matters, guiding issues related to disability rights, and beyond, we serve your complete legal needs. We personalize our support with a deep understanding of the challenges public bodies and school systems face, in order to guide you with care, so you come out ahead.

School and Education Law Services

  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Construction Contracting and Litigation
  • Drafting Support for School Board Policies, Including a Policy Update Service
  • Employment Law, Including All Applicable Federal and State Requirements, and State Statutory Grievance Proceedings
  • First Amendment Issues in Public School Settings
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Government Relations and Lobbying
  • Litigation
  • Premises Use and Liability Issues
  • Public Procurement
  • Special Education and Disability Rights, Including School Board Representation in Due Process Hearings and Related Litigation
  • Student Discipline Matters

Government Relations

In addition to supporting daily legal needs, we serve as an advisor and advocate in government relations for our education clients. We have meaningful experience working with the Virginia General Assembly and numerous regulatory agencies and commissions, and can apply our talents and knowledge to soundly guide you. Further, we frequently help our clients develop legislative strategies and lobby before governing bodies on their behalf. Our bond attorneys are approved for the Rural Development and Virginia Resources Authority and the Virginia Public School Authority. In addition, we have experience with various financing methods for schools, including literary loans, qualified school construction bonds, and qualified zone academy bonds.

We currently represent school boards for the following locales:


  • Arlington
  • Carroll
  • Chesterfield
  • Essex
  • Fairfax
  • Fauquier
  • Floyd
  • Goochland
  • Hanover
  • King George
  • King William
  • Lancaster
  • Louisa
  • Mecklenburg
  • Montgomery
  • Middlesex
  • New Kent
  • Northumberland
  • Pittsylvania
  • Prince William
  • Richmond
  • Warren
  • Williamsburg-James City

Towns and Cities

  • Alexandria
  • Buena Vista
  • Fredericksburg
  • Hampden Sydney
  • Lynchburg
  • Manassas
  • Poquoson
  • Richmond
  • Town of Colonial Beach

Regional/Specialty Schools

  • Bridging Communities Regional Technical Center
  • Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School
  • Northern Neck Regional Special Education Program
  • Northern Neck Regional Technical Center

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