JoAnn M. Hart, attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP, has a practice which emphasizes school law, including student discipline and expulsions, special education, student records, constitutional issues, open meetings and public records issues, and ethics. For more than 25 years she has counseled and represented school districts and other municipalities on a variety of issues. JoAnn has represented school districts in appeals of expulsion proceedings to the Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and at the administrative level as well as on appeal in federal district court, in special education due process hearings.
JoAnn’s practice also involves counseling school districts and other public and private employers on labor and employment law issues. She has defended school districts and other employers in state and federal administrative proceedings involving claims of employment discrimination, as well as claims under state and federal labor laws. JoAnn regularly presents to school districts, professional associations, and a variety of other audiences on these topics as well as other issues of significance to school districts and municipalities. She has also published articles on school related topics, including a recent article on school districts’ legal obligations with regard to bullying at school.
JoAnn has served as the president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association and as the chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. JoAnn has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of education law and labor and employment law each year since 2007.