ERIC Number: ED244322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Preventive School Law.
Bednar, William C., Jr.
The purpose of this chapter is to suggest outlines of a preventive law practice, raise issues, and provoke further thought and discussion concerning the application of preventive law principles and techniques to the management and operation of educational systems. The theory of preventive law and some of its premises are examined in order to assess the implications that preventive law may have for the anticipation and resolution of legal problems commonly encountered in schools and school systems. The roles performed by attorneys, administrators, school law professors, and other professionals are considered, with particular attention to the attorney-client relationship. Advantages cited for preventive legal planning include control of costs, discouragement of litigation, and better assurance of a good defense if a lawsuit is filed. Through foresight educators can predict legal risks and minimize their scope, or at least evaluate the risks and choose courses of action less risky than others. The cost of prevention can be predetermined; the cost of redress cannot. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Jones, Thomas N., Ed. and Semler, Darel P., Ed. School Law Update...Preventive School Law. p1-14. For complete document, see EA 016 748.