Thomas B. Mooney, Co-Chair of the firm’s School Law Practice Group, has been selected by the New England Association of School Superintendents (NEASS) to receive its prestigious President’s Award at the association’s 200th Annual Fall Conference.

Mr. Mooney is active in all areas of school law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, teacher tenure proceedings, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes and all other legal proceedings involving boards of education. He is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (8th Edition, 2014), a comprehensive treatise on Connecticut school law used by teachers, administrators and board of education members throughout the state.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Mooney has been an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law since 1985, where he teaches Law and Public Education; he has also served as Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education since 2001. Throughout his career, Mr. Mooney has been recognized for his contributions to the field of school law by both legal and educational organizations. Most recently, he was named 2018 Lawyer of the Year in Hartford Education Law by The Best Lawyers in America©.

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of NEASS, the program for year’s Annual Fall Conference is entitled “The Challenges, Opportunities and Impact of the Superintendency in the Global Age.” Mr. Mooney will be presenting “Legal Issues and Challenges Facing Today’s and Tomorrow’s Superintendent,” where he will provide an overview of current legal issues and their implications for practice. (For more information on the conference, please click here.)

NEASS, the oldest and only remaining regional organization of school administrators in the country, is comprised of superintendents elected by their state associations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Among its purposes is to bring awareness of significant educational issues in New England to the attention of the American Association of School Administrators and regional and agencies.