Meredith focuses her practice on education law, and labor and employment law. She represents dozens of public school districts across North Dakota. She has experience in all areas of education law, including discipline of employees and students, investigating employee and student misconduct, teacher and administrator nonrenewals and discharges, employee leave and accommodation matters, FERPA compliance, compliance with open meetings and open records laws, and creation of and compliance with board policies.

Additionally, Meredith is the primary special education attorney in the firm, assisting districts and special education units with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 matters at all stages – from compliance with the laws and advising on issues related to IEPs and 504 Plans, to representation in state complaint investigations and due process actions.

Meredith understands the budgetary restrictions facing many public school districts, and is aware of the reality that emergencies occur in districts every day and time-sensitive matters require prompt attention. Meredith prides herself on providing reasoned and timely advice with these considerations in mind.

She has defended several claims brought against school districts before the U.S. Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights, and has defended school districts and other employers against claims brought before the North Dakota Department of Labor and the EEOC. She has also assisted school boards in presenting before the North Dakota Education Factfinding Commission. She has litigated in federal, state, and tribal court, and has represented clients in state administrative hearings. Meredith enjoys opportunities to present to large and small groups on education and employment law matters.

Growing up in North Dakota, Meredith was part of a public education-minded family; her father served as Board President for Bismarck Public Schools and her mother enjoyed an accomplished career as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. Meredith’s husband works in public service, and she looks forward to the day her two young daughters enter the Bismarck Public School system.

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, District of North Dakota
  • Federal Bar Association
  • North Dakota Supreme Court and North Dakota District Courts

Education

  • Juris Doctor, with distinction – University of North Dakota, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts – University of Minnesota-Morris, 2007

Professional Activities

  • National School Board Association – Council of School Attorneys
  • North Dakota School Boards Association – Legal Services Affiliation
  • North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association – Director, 2017-present | President, 2016-2017 | Vice President, 2015-2016 | Treasurer, 2014-2015
  • Big Muddy Bar Association – President, 2015 | Vice President, 2014 | Secretary-Treasurer, 2013 | Officer at Large, 2012
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Federal Bar Association

Recognitions

  • North Dakota Supreme Court, Court Services Administration Committee – Member, Appointed 2013-present
  • Exceptional Performance Award – North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association + Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2016-2017
  • Dedicated Service Award – Big Muddy Bar Association, 2015

Publications + Presentations

Publications

  • Contributing Author: Business Torts Desk Reference, A Fifty State Guide (M. Daller, 2015-2018)

Presentations

  • Americans with Disabilities Act – The Interactive Process and Reasonable Accommodations; administrator training for North Dakota public school district, November 2018
  • Processing, Investigating, and Resolving Discrimination + Harassment Complaints; administrator training for North Dakota public school district, November 2018
  • Recent Special Education Issues Facing North Dakota Schools; presentation to special education unit, August 2018
  • Processing, Investigating, and Resolving Discrimination + Harassment Complaints; nondiscrimination coordinator + investigator training for North Dakota public school district, August 2018
  • Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Training; North Dakota School Boards Association Annual Convention, October 2017
  • Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment – Policy + Grievance Procedure Training; all-staff training for North Dakota public school district, October 2017
  • Processing, Investigating, and Resolving Discrimination + Harassment Complaints; nondiscrimination coordinator + investigator training for North Dakota public school district, October 2017
  • Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment – Policy + Grievance Procedure Training; all-staff training for North Dakota public school district, September 2017
  • Processing, Investigating, and Resolving Discrimination + Harassment Complaints; nondiscrimination coordinator + investigator training for North Dakota public schools district, September 2017
  • Hot Topics in Special Education; presentation to special education unit, August 2017
  • Nonrenewal Seminar; North Dakota School Boards Association Seminar, February 2017 (co-presented with Rachel Bruner)
  • Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment – Policy + Grievance Procedure Training; all-staff training for five North Dakota public school districts and special education units, January 2017
  • Processing, Investigating, and Resolving Discrimination + Harassment Complaints; nondiscrimination coordinator + investigator training for five North Dakota public school districts and special education units, January 2017
  • Various Issues in Special Education; presentation to North Dakota public school district, November 2016
  • Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Nonrenewal or Discharge; North Dakota School Boards Association Annual Convention, October 2016 (co-presented with Rachel Bruner)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Compliance; Administrators and Supervisors Training, North Dakota public school district, August 2016
  • Open Records, FERPA, and Teacher Personnel Files; Administrators and Supervisors Training, North Dakota public school district, August 2016
  • Leave and Accommodation Laws: FMLA, ADA, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act; Administrators and Supervisors Training, North Dakota public school district, August 2016
  • Special Education Issues in North Dakota; Administrators and Service Providers Training, North Dakota special education unit, August 2015