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Student Discipline in Virginia: Current Trends & Advocacy Best Practices

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Produced on October 31, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Constitutional Education Civil Rights

Course Description

The constitutional right to an education is a critical one in a civil society. There are times, however, where this right comes into conflict with a school’s need to discipline students for a variety of offenses - such as when the alleged offense is sexual harassment or assault. Such disciplinary actions may implicate due process, Title IX, and the Clery Act.

This program, taught by experienced Constitutional law attorney Jesse Binnall, will provide attorneys with a fundamental overview of the legal issues implicated by school discipline, and best practices for representing clients in Virginia - whether you are advocating for a student facing discipline or advising an educational institution that is updating its disciplinary procedures. Topics that will be covered include the differences between private and public schools, how to investigate claims, and litigation tips in Virginia state and federal courts.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review key statutes relevant to student discipline at both the federal and state level
  2. Advocate for your client in administrative hearings and federal or state court
  3. Identify the constitutional issues in a student discipline case, including free speech restrictions and civil rights claims

Note: This course is approved for GAL for children in Virginia. If you would like a GAL certificate, please email our Customer Support team after completing the course.

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Jesse Binnall

Harvey & Binnall, PLLC

Jesse R. Binnall is a partner at Harvey & Binnall, PLLC. He has tried cases in state and federal courts in various jurisdictions throughout the United States. Mr. Binnall’s practice focuses on civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, international disputes, business and non-profit law, appellate litigation, election law, virtual currencies (i.e. Bitcoin), parliamentary law and procedure, and alternative dispute resolution (i.e. arbitration and mediation). He also is proud to help companies develop innovative legal strategies to combat overregulation and government cyber-snooping. Many of Mr. Binnall’s clients use his knowledge to take active steps to avoid the courtroom entirely. He advises entrepreneurs on business formation, contractors on complex construction negotiations, and political candidates and committees on election law matters. He also is proud of his accomplishments working as a productive and collaborative member of civil and criminal joint defense teams.

Mr. Binnall has been a featured guest, discussing law and technology issues, on various new and traditional media outlets, including the Huffington Post, the New York Times, Wired, Forbes, DemocracyNow, the Ron Paul Channel, and Lawyer2Laywer. He has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Only 2% of Virginia lawyers are selected to receive this honor. He is also rated as “Excellent” by Avvo.com.

Before starting his career as an attorney, Mr. Binnall was a professional parliamentarian and public relations consultant. He continues to advise organizations large and small on meeting procedure (including Robert’s Rules of Order), bylaw drafting and interpretation, and other parliamentary matters. Mr. Binnall is an avid private pilot. He also enjoys sailing, and SCUBA diving.

Abigail Frye

Harvey & Binnall PLLC

Abigail Frye graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2019 and was recently admitted to the Georgia bar. While in law school, she served as the Senior Notes Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law, Vol. 26 and as a Mentor on behalf of the Law School. During her second year of law school, Abbie was selected as a Banking Law Research Assistant where she studied the effects of independent community banks’ lobbying efforts on federal agency regulation and legislation. Abbie is a certified Mediator, earning her Mediation certificate in the spring of 2019 shortly before earning her JD.  

Abbie moved to Washington, DC in September 2019. Her current practice includes Political Law, Congressional Investigations and Constitutional litigation, with an emphasis on Title IX and Section 1983 cases. In Title IX litigation, Abbie represents accused students, holding universities accountable for their lack of due process and equal representation. 

Although she practices law in the DC area, Abbie is a Georgia Bulldawg to her core. She grew up in Atlanta and earned her BA in Public Relations, as well as a minor in Spanish, from the University of Georgia in 2016. 


Bhavik P.

Good coverage of topics to consider in student discipline cases.

Sarah F.

Great course.

Timothy D.

presentation meandered a bit

Michael S.

very informative and interesting

Jeffrey D.


Holly H.

Good overview -- some additional practice pointers might have been helpful but overall very good

Scott R.


Edward R.

The guy looks like the star from the Netflix show the Politician. Very cool.

Joan C.

Fantastic course. Effective speakers. Excellent cites and materials.

Lawrence G.

Really interesting, with good pace.

Thomas W.


Mark M.

The 2 person dialog worked great!

Kimberly G. Pigg Y.

Great presentation

George K.

good course

Robert N.


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