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REBECCA E. ADAMS is senior staff attorney for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education where she fields legal and operational questions from boards and superintendents; offers support in amicus briefs in cases impacting school districts statewide and nationwide; provides labor contract analysis; and works closely with CABE's policy staff regarding interpretation and implementation of district policies. Ms. Adams has over 20 years of combined experience in private and in-house law practice, serving most recently as amicus coordinator and research and labor relations manager for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. She is active in the Connecticut Public Employer Labor Relations Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. Ms. Adams earned her B.S. degree from the University of Vermont and J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
FREDERICK L. DORSEY is an attorney with Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C., in Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Dorsey is involved in a wide variety of general and special education, labor relations, and employment issues, including union representation elections, contract negotiations and administration, unfair labor practice charges, and employment discrimination matters in both the public and private sectors. He focuses his practice in the area of education law, representing boards of education in special education, student expulsion, transportation, and residency hearings, in addition to conventional labor relations and employment litigation matters. Mr. Dorsey earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Marshall University; his M.B.A. degree from the University of New Haven; and his J.D. degree from Western New England University School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut School Attorneys Council, and the National School Boards Association Council of Attorneys.
MICHAEL P. McKEON is a member with Pullman & Comley LLC where he represents boards of education, municipalities and private-sector employers across Connecticut in both federal and state courts on both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before federal and state boards and commissions. Mr. McKeon is a member of the school law section of the firm's labor, employment law and employee benefits department. He has established new case law in Connecticut in the areas of special education and Title IX, and the favorable decisions he has obtained have been cited by courts across the country. Mr. McKeon is a frequent speaker on education and employment law issues. He has also authored articles for a number of publications. Mr. McKeon is a former adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law and in the University of Bridgeport's Department of Education's doctoral program, and was a teaching fellow at the University of Missouri prior to attending law school. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut; and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. McKeon is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association (Education Law and Labor and Employment Law committees), Hartford County Bar Association, and the Connecticut and National Councils of School Attorneys. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of New Hampshire, his M.A. degree from the University of Missouri, and his J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
GREGORY N. SMITH advises students throughout Connecticut on their rights. He represents them in litigation against boards of education for cases of bullying, negligence and sexual harassment; advocates for special education services for them in PPT meetings, mediation sessions and due process hearings; defends charges against them in expulsion hearings and criminal court; and protects their rights as minors in the juvenile justice system. Mr. Smith's work on behalf of disadvantaged students facing expulsion was recognized with an award by the Connecticut Bar Association at its annual meeting in 2012. Later that year he was profiled in the Connecticut Law Tribune, “Ex-Teacher Still Goes to Bat for Students.” Mr. Smith often addresses parents on such topics as the rights of special education students under IDEA. A graduate of Yale and the Boston University School of Law, he is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts; and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Mr. Smith serves in the Education Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and organizes seminars for its Small Practice Management Section.
ASHLING M. SOARES is an attorney with Maya Murphy, P.C., where she primarily handles education matters, including special education and school discipline; and employment matters, including matters related to severance, wrongful termination, and employment. Ms. Soares also represents adults in criminal court, minors in juvenile court, as well as parties involved in DCF proceedings. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, and Florida; as well as the Federal District of Connecticut. Ms. Soares earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law.