Thomas E. Wheeler, II

Indianapolis
T 317.237.3810
F 317.237.3900
201 North Illinois Street
Suite 1900
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-4236

Tom is a member of Frost Brown Todd and is a principal in the Government Services and Appellate practice groups.  He previously served as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice.  As the Assistant Attorney General, Tom oversaw eleven sections, including Appellate, Criminal, Disability Rights, Education, Employment, Federal Coordination & Compliance, Housing, Immigration and Employee Rights, Policy & Strategy, Special Litigation, and Voting.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Tom was counsel to Indiana Governor and now Vice-President Mike Pence.   

During his time at the Department of Justice Tom oversaw some of the Nation’s most difficult legal matters.  These included criminal matters like the investigation and prosecution of Michael Kadar in the Jewish Community Center bomb threats case, the prosecution of the Adam Purinton for the Kansas City shooting of two Indian men whom he believed to be Muslim, and the death penalty phase of the Dylan Roof Charleston church shooting case that left nine African-American parishioners dead. He also oversaw the investigation and resolution of police shootings like Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Walter Scott in Charleston, Freddie Gray in Baltimore, and Eric Garner in New York as well as very-high profile “pattern and practice” cases like the Consent Decree in Baltimore and the resolution agreement in Chicago.  Tom also directed all of the Department of Justice’s civil rights litigation in the areas of employment, housing, education, disability rights, and voting.

Attorney General Sessions appointed Tom to the Violent Crime Reduction Task Force and asked him to Chair the Hate Crimes Sub-Committee.  Tom has been a vocal advocate against Hate Crimes during his time at the Department of Justice, speaking to dozens of groups on human rights, and emphasizing the investigation and prosecution of these crimes during his tenure.  Tom also served on the Department of Justice’s Regulatory Reform Task Force and was very active in reviewing so-called “sub-regulatory guidance” documents and practices.

Tom has extensive experience in representing clients in regulatory, administrative, trial and appellate matters in local, state and federal matters. Tom has spoken extensively on civil rights issues, including appearances on National Public Radio and the BBC as well as for the ABA, the NSBA, the ACLU, NACUA, the ADL and many other diverse organizations.   Tom is also one of the leading advocates in the United States with respect to combatting the twin scourges of student drug use and cyberbullying/student suicide.  He has have written extensively in various publications and law journals including articles such as Facebook Fatalities, Social Networking, and the First Amendment, 31 Pace L. Rev. 182 (2011); Lessons from the Lord of the Flies: The Responsibility of Schools to Protect Students from Internet Threats and Cyber-Hate Speech, 215 Ed.Law Rep. 227 (February 22, 2007); and, Slamming in Cyberspace: The Boundaries of Student 1st Amendment Rights, The Computer & Internet Lawyer, Vol. 21, No. 4, p. 14 (April, 2004).  He is a two-time winner of the Indiana State Bar Association's Benjamin Harrison Writing Award. He has also won the prestigious Burton Award for Legal Achievement co-sponsored by the Library of Congress for his work.  For many years Tom has been listed in the "The Best Lawyers in America®" as well as being named in "Indiana Super Lawyers®."  In 2016 he was named Municipal Lawyer of the Year.

Tom also provides legal advice on campaign, finance, and election issues to political parties and candidates throughout the United States. He is a former Chair of the Indiana Recount and the Indiana Election Commissions, and was instrumental in the enactment and implementation of Indiana’s landmark voter ID law, affirmed by the United States Supreme Court in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 (2008).  His decision in the Charlie White Secretary of State challenge was affirmed by the Indiana Supreme Court in White v. Indiana Democratic Party, 936 N.E. 2d 481 (Ind. 2012).

Tom is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association, a former chair of the NSBA's Council of School Attorneys, a former member of the Board of Governors for the 7th Circuit Bar Association, and former Vice-Chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Timmy Global Health, a non-profit dedicated to providing health to impoverished individuals throughout the world, as well as a member of the White River Park State Commission.

Representative Matters

Litigation Experience:

Over the past 29 years Tom has handled hundreds of jury, bench and administrative trials, more than 100 appeals in various state and federal courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. Many of these matters involved Constitutional challenges, usually in the educational or law enforcement contexts. Tom also has extensive experience filing amici curie briefs before the United States Supreme Court for educational advocacy groups including the National School Boards Association, as well as advocating before Congress and state legislators on various issues.

Judicial Experience:

As Chair of the bi-partisan Indiana Election Commission (2005-2011) and later the Indiana Recount Commission (208-2009) Tom served as an administrative law judge in hundreds of matters, with several that reached the appellate courts including Indiana Recount Commission v. Indiana Democratic Party ex rel. Parker, 963 N.E.2d 481 (Ind. 2012).

Legislative/Executive Branch Experience:

Tom was an elected member of the Boone County Council (2002-2005), and worked extensively with Governors Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence on legislative and policy matters, primarily in the education, election, and law enforcement arenas.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Two-time winner, Benjamin Harrison Writing Award, Indiana State Bar Association, 2003 and 2005
  • Burton Award for Legal Achievement, co-sponsored by the Library of Congress, for article “Slamming in Cyberspace: The Boundaries of Student First Amendment Rights”, 2004
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2007–2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Municipal, 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2009–2010, 2012–2016
  • AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellow

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (1988-Present)(Health Care Reform Task Force, 1993-94
    Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2006-2014
    Federal Bar Association, Indianapolis Chapter, 1996-2014, Secretary, 1999-2000, Vice-President, 2000-2002, President, 2003-2004
    Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Board Member & Fundraising Chair, 2002-2004
    Indiana School Safety Specialist Advisory Council Founder and speaker, 1999 - present
    Indiana State Bar Association, 1988-Present, Civil Rights Committee, 1993-1994, Council for Employment and Labor Law Board of Directors, 2002-2004, Veterans Affairs, 2014–present
    Local Rules Committee for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 1999-2000
    National School Board Association, Council of School Attorneys, 1989-Present, Board of Directors, 2003-2014, Chair 2010-11, Secretary-2007, Legislative Committee; School Law Seminar Committee, Membership & State Council Relations Committee, Insurance Advisory Committee, Chair, and Publications Committee, Chair
    Republican National Lawyers Association – Board Member, Vice Chair, 2004-2016, Indiana Chapter, Chair, 2003 - 2007
    Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 1988-2010, Founder and Chairman of the Employment Law Section, 1997-98, Chair of CLE/Seminar Committee, 1999-2000, Chair of Awards Committee, 2000-2002, Chair of Rules Committee, 2002, Board Member, 1999-2002
    Federalist Society – Co-Founder Indiana University Maurer School of Law Chapter, 1986 - present
    Defense Research Institute, 1988 - 2014
    We the People Competition, Judge, 2006 – present

FBT Publications

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Indiana Election Commission, Chair, 2005-2010
  • Boone County Council, 2002-2005
  • Boone County Economic Development Commission, Board, 2003-2005
  • Timmy Global Health, Board Member 2015

Non-FBT Publications and Events

2015

"Ritz v. SBOE & Other Epic Battles in the 2015 Indiana General Assembly."  Indiana State University, Guest Lecturer (April 22, 2015). 

Program Chair, Republican National Lawyers Association 30th Anniversary and National Policy Conference, "The Rise of the Imperial Presidency", Washington, D.C. - Televised live on C-Span, featured speakers included Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Rob Portman, Senator Bob Corker, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Governor Robert Ehrlich, Jr., (March 19, 2015). 

"National Security Law." Republican National Lawyers Association Conference, Washington D.C. (March 10, 2015).

2014

"Title IX Gender Equity Provisions are Spurring District to Rethink Their Sports Policies." American School Board Journal

"Student Diversity Issues", Green River Educational Cooperative's Annual School Law Institute, Bowling Green, Kentucky (August 21, 2014). 

"EAC and Military Voting Issues" - Panel Chair, Republican National Lawyers Association Annual Election Law School, Las Vegas, Nevada (August 11, 2014). 

"Transgender Issues in Schools", Kentucky School Boards Association's Annual School Law Seminar, Lexington, Kentucky (July 11, 2014). 

"Economic Liberty, Free Enterprise and Happiness" - Panel chair, panel members included Arthur C. Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, William Barr, 77th Attorney General of the United States, and Clilnt Bolick, Director of the Goldwater Institute's Schaft-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation - republican National Lawyers Association Annual Policy Conference, Washington, D.C. (March 20, 2014). 

 2013

"Armed Teachers in Schools, a Legislative Overview."  National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys School Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (October 10, 2013). 

"Ethics in Campaigns, an Oxymoron?"  Republican National Lawyers Association, Election Law School, Chicago, Illinois  (August 7, 2013). 

"Arming Teachers to Prevent Tragedies, Responding to Sandy Hook."  Liberty Mutual Insurance National Webinar (January 22, 2013).

2012

"Are We Ready for the New Politics?"  BGD Legislative Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana  (December 13, 2012). 

Moderator, Iowa Governor's Bullying Prevention Summit, Des Moines, Iowa (November 27, 2012). 

"Litigation Over Indiana's Photo ID Law."  Republican National Lawyers Association, Election Law School, Sarasota, Florida (August 24, 2012). 

"Shooting in Martinsville, A School in Crisis: Tips & Tactics for Handling Parents, Police & Press," Indiana School Safety Academy (April 24, 2012).

"Student Free Speech in the Age of Social Media, Texting and Sexting," ABA Section of Litigation, Annual CLE Conference, Washington D.C. (April 19, 2012).

2011

"Election Commission and Recount Commission Proceedings."  Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 22, 2011).

"Introduction to the 1st Amendment."  Boone County Bar Association Annual CLE Program, Lebanon, Indiana (November 4, 2011). 

"Tips and Strategies for Handling Crisis Media."  National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (October 15, 2011). 

"Legislative Update:  Indiana's Educational Reform."  Indiana State University, Guest Lecturer (April 13, 2011). 

"Facebook Fatalities:  Student, Social Networking, & the 1st Amendment."  National School Boards Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, California (April 10, 2011).

"Hazing in Schools - A School Attorney's Guide."  NSBA/COSA's Inquiry & Analysis (April, 2011). 

2010

"Student Cyberspeech, Facts & Figures,” Boone County Juvenile Justice Meeting Lebanon, Indiana (March 2010).

“Tips on Helping School Districts Move Through Tough Economic Times: A Town Meeting”, National School Boards Association Annual Conference Chicago, Illinois (April 9, 2010).

"Issues with Electronic Communication.”  Indiana State University, Guest Lecturer (April 14, 2010).

"Dangers of Cyberspeech: Cyber-Bullying, Cyber-Communication, and Sexting.” Indiana School Safety Academy, Indianapolis, Indiana (April 19, 2010).

“Cyberlaw Seminar: RU on FACEBOOK?” Ohio School Boards Association Conference, Cleveland, Ohio (May 11, 2010).

“Cyberlaw Seminar: RU on FACEBOOK?” Ohio School Boards Association Conference, Columbus, Ohio (May 19, 2010).

“Teacher Free Speech in the Internet Age.” Indiana Public Charter Schools Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 18, 2010).

"The 1st Amendment in Schools.” Liberty Mutual Insurance, Indianapolis, Indiana (August 24, 2010).

"Dangers of Cyberspeech: Cyber-Bullying, Cyber-Communication, and Sexting.” Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy, Indianapolis, Indiana (October 26, 2010).

"The 1st Amendment in the Classroom.”  Indiana State University, Guest Lecturer (November 18, 2010).

“Problems with Predators:  The Dark Side of Social Networking.” Indiana School Boards Association’s School Law Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 10, 2010).

2009

"When Teachers Go Wild on the Web:  Legal Risks for Schools", National School Boards Association's School Law Conference, Seattle, Washington (October 16, 2009). 

"Responding to Sexting and Other Inappropriate Student Speech", Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Nationwide Webinar (October 6, 2009).

"Indiana's Photo ID Law and ACORN Voter Fraud", Republican National Lawyers Association National Election Law School, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California (August 14, 2009).

"Why is it so Hard to Fire Bad Teachers?" Indiana Department of Education, Indianapolis, Indiana (July 16, 2009).

"What Happened to AIG?" Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 24, 2009).

"Hold Your Tongue, Mates:  Cyber-Bullying and the Boundaries of Student Free Speech", 2009 PGIT® Membership Conference, "Navigation through Education", Orlando, Florida (May 7, 2009).

“Tips and Tactics for Responding to Cyber-Bullying and Other Problem Electronic Communications”, National School Boards Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California (April 5, 2009).

"Indiana's Photo ID Law", Testimony to the Texas Senate meeting as a Joint Committee, Austin, Texas (March 10, 2009).

2008

“Cell Phones in Schools” - Speaker - Indiana School Boards Association’s School Law Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 12, 2008).

“1st Amendment Rights of Students” - Speaker – American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Legal Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 5, 2008).

“School Law Lab, A primer in school law for board members”, National School Boards Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida (March 31, 2008).

Seminar Chair - “Election Law”, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana (March 18, 2008).

2007

“Lessons from the Lord of the Flies: Techniques for Handling Cyberbullying”, Indiana School Boards Association’s School Law Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 14, 2007).

“Creative Methods of Limiting Liability Under the Indiana Tort Claims Act”, Speaker – Municipal Law XXIV, Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association/Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 22, 2007).

“Ten Things Your Attorney Wants to Tell You But Can’t” – National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, San Francisco, California (April 16, 2007).

“The Nuts and Bolts of Handling Insured Litigation” – National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorney’s Conference, San Francisco, California (April 14, 2007).

“Personnel Issues for School Superintendents” Guest Lecturer, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (March 8, 2007).

2006

“Litigating Teacher 1st Amendment Cases”, Georgia School Boards Association, Atlanta, Georgia (November 30, 2006).

“War Protesters, Dope Smokers & OJ Simpson: The 1st Amendment in the Classroom”,  National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorney’s Annual School Law Conference, Kansas City, Missouri (October 3, 2006).

“Emerging Legal Issues for Indiana School Boards” – Indiana School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana (September 26, 2006).

“Who Controls the Classroom? Teacher Free Speech Rights”, Indiana School Boards Association’s School Law Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 15, 2006).

“School Law Potpourri for Affiliated School Boards”, National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois (April 10, 2006).

“Emerging Legal Issues for School Boards”, National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois (April 10, 2006).

“Appellate and Trial Court Advocacy for the School Attorney”, Kentucky School Boards Association, Louisville, Kentucky (January 27, 2006).

2005

“Police in the Schools”, Indiana School Boards Association’s School Law Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 15, 2005).

“School Law Potpourri for Affiliated School Boards”, National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, San Diego, California (April 17, 2005).

“School Resource Officers”, National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, San Diego, California (April 16, 2005).

“Schools and the Police: A Sometimes Uneasy Alliance”, National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorney’s School Annual Conference, San Diego, California (April 14, 2005).

“Camels & Tents: The Risks of Accepting Government Money”, National Catholic Education Association School Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (March 31, 2005).

2004

“Teacher 4th Amendment Rights”, Indiana School Boards Association’s Annual School Law Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 10, 2004).

“Drug Testing and Schools”, Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 10, 2004).

“Appellate and Trial Court Advocacy for the School Attorney”, National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorney's Annual School Law Conference, Savannah, Georgia (October 8, 2004).

“Same Day Voting and Voter Registration”, Republican National Lawyers Association 2004 Election Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (July 17, 2004).

“School Law Potpourri for Affiliated School Boards”, National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida (April 2, 2004).

2003

“Responding to Student Health Emergencies at School”, Indiana School Boards Association’s Annual School Law Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 12, 2003).

“From ‘In God we Trust’ to the Ten Commandments: The Secularization of Religious Symbols in America”, Debate with ICLU Executive Director Ken Falk at the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 21, 2003).

“Ethics & Employment Law”, Indiana State Bar Association Council for Employment and Labor Law, Indianapolis, Indiana (October 23, 2003).

“Introduction to School Insurance Policies”, National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorney's Annual School Law Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (October 10, 2003).

“The Federal Courts an Inside Look”, Federal Bar Association, Indianapolis Chapter, Indianapolis, Indiana (September 26, 2003).

“FLSA Class Action Claims”, Municipal Law XX, Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association/Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 17, 2003).

“Can You Shout Food Fight in a Crowded Cafeteria?”, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Education Law Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia (April 25, 2003)(EA# 032481).

“Student Free Speech Issues”, National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, San Francisco, California (April 7, 2003).

“School Law Potpourri for Affiliated School Boards”, National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, San Francisco, California (April 7, 2003).

2002

“Academic Freedom: Do Teachers Have the Right to Communicate Their Personal Views in the Classroom on Such Topics as Collective Bargaining, Religion, and Morality?”, Indiana School Boards Association’s Annual School Law Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 13, 2002).

“Ban Notices Enforcing Constitutional Controls in Public Housing”, Housing Authority Defense Association, Boulder Colorado (June, 2002).

“There Goes the Settlement: Attorney’s Fees after Buckhannon”, LRP Publications 23rd National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities, Tampa, Florida(May 7-8, 2002).

“Teacher Sexual Misconduct: Legal Liability Issues”, Guest Lecturer, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana (April 19, 2002).

“Talk Isn’t Cheap: Debating the Price of Free Speech in Public Schools”, Debate with ACLU Executive Director Steve Shapiro on Student 1st and 4th Amendment Rights, National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 5, 2002).

“Good News Huh: What about the Gay clubs?” National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 6, 2002).

2001

National Public Radio: Justice Talking. Nationally broadcast debate with American University Constitutional Law Professor Jamine Raskin on student 1st and 4th Amendment Rights in schools, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Recent Developments in Employment Law”, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 11, 2001).

“Handling Teacher/Student Sexual Activities”, Indiana School Boards Association’s Annual School Law Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 7, 2001).

“Appealing the IDEA Administrative Decision”, Indiana School Boards Association’s Special Education Seminar Indianapolis, Indiana (November 15, 2001).

“What Makes Indiana Special: The 1851 Indiana Constitution”, Indiana Historical Society 81st Annual Indiana History Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 3, 2001).

“Indiana Constitutional Claims”, Municipal Law XVIII, Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association/Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 12, 2001).

“Strippers, Lockers and Drugs: An Update on Student Searches”, Guest Lecturer, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana (April 20, 2001).

“Pupil Discipline: Questions and Consequences”, National School Boards Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California (March 25, 2001).

“Hot Topics in Indiana School Law”, Lorman Education Services, Indianapolis, Indiana (March 1, 2001).

2000

“Recent Developments in Employment Law”, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 18, 2000).

“Drug Testing and Other Searches Under the Indiana Constitution”, Indiana School Boards Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 7, 2000).

“Message in a Bottle: Judicial Activism Under the Indiana Constitution”, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 16, 2000).

“Pupil Disciplinary Codes: Bedrock or Quicksand?” Indiana School Boards Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 9, 2000).

“The Federal Courts: An Inside Look”, Federal Bar Association/Indiana Lawyer, Indianapolis, Indiana (May 2, 2000).

“Appealing the Administrative IDEA Decision - An Unappealing Proposition”, LRP Publications Special Education Attorneys National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (February 4, 2000).

1999

“Suing & Defending City Hall: An Updated Look at §1983 Litigation.” Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 17, 1999).

Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 18-19, 1999).

“Drug Testing: Past, Present & Future”, National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorney's Annual School Law Conference, Charleston, South Carolina (October 15, 1999).

“Personnel Law Update 1999”, Council on Education in Management (June 14-15, 1999).

“School Law in Indiana” National Business Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana (May 26, 1999).

“An Update on the ADA” Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana (May 21, 1999).

“Suing the Sovereign: New Theories, New Defenses”, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana (April 27, 1999).

“Evaluating a Case for Settlement Purposes”, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana’s Rookie Law Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (March 26, 1999).

1998

“Equal Access Act: Who, When and Where - Update on the Case Law”, Indiana School Boards Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 11, 1998).

“Advanced Employment Law”, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 12, 1998).

“Special Education Law in Indiana: Rights and Responsibilities” Professional Development Network, Indianapolis, Indiana (April 17, 1998).

“School Law in Indiana: Harassment in the Schools”, Professional Development Network, Indianapolis, Indiana (February 6, 1998).

1997

“Employment Litigation & Recent Law Developments”, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 7, 1997).

1996

“Current Issues Under Title IX”, Indiana Department of Education, Indianapolis, Indiana (March 22, 1996).

“School Law: Disciplining the Flower Children’s Children”, Medical Educational Services, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana (September 25, 1996).

“Religious Expression of Teachers: How Far Can it Go?” Indiana School Boards Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 13, 1996).

1995

“Motion Practice for the Rookie Defense Lawyer”, Indiana Defense Lawyer’s Association’s Rookie Law Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (April 15, 1995).

“Selected Issues in School Law: Title IX and Special Education”, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana (July 11, 1995).

1991

“Discovery of Insurance Company Claims Files (Pre-Richey)”, Indiana Defense Lawyers Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (December, 1991).

Publications

2011

"Hazing In Schools--A School Attorney's Guide"  NSBA/COSA's Inquiry & Analysis (April 2011). 

2010

"Student Press Rights:  Fact or Fiction?"  NSBA/COSA's Inquiry & Analysis (June 2010).

2008

“How far is too far? Limiting cyber-speech by students”, School Board News, (April 2008).

2007

“It’s a New Cyber-World Out There: Tips to Avoid Personnel Pitfalls”, The School Administrator, (October, 2007).

“Cyberbullying: What Should Schools Know and Do”, Educator’s Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment, Vol. 14, No. 8 (May, 2007).

“Lessons from the Lord of the Flies: The Responsibility of Schools to Protect Students from Internet Threats and Cyber-Hate Speech”, 215 Ed.Law Rep. 227 (February 22, 2007).

2006

“Striking a Faustian Bargain: The Boundaries of Public Employee Free Speech Rights”, Res Gestae, (September, 2006).

“Whistleblowers and Naked Cops: The Boundaries of Public Employee Free Speech Rights”, The DRI’s Job Description, (Fall, 2006).

“Lessons from the Lord of the Flies: The Responsibility of Schools to Protect Students from Internet Threats and Cyber-Hate Speech”, The Journal of Internet Law, Vol. 10, No. 1, p. 3 (July, 2006).

2005

“Slamming in Cyberspace: The Boundaries of Student 1st Amendment Rights”, American School Board Journal, (January, 2005).

“Schools and Police: A Sometimes Uneasy Alliance”, American School Board Journal, (December, 2005).

2004

“Fools’ Names and Fools’ Faces … Internet Temptations”, Indiana Lawyer (January 28, 2004).

“Slamming in Cyberspace: The Boundaries of Student 1st Amendment Rights”, The Computer & Internet Lawyer, Vol. 21, No. 4, p. 14 (April, 2004).

“Trap for the Unwary: The New E-Government Privacy Rules”, NSBA/COSA’s Inquiry & Analysis, (May, 2004).

“NSBA’s School Law Primer”, Co-Editor (January, 2004).

2003

“Slamming in Cyberspace: The Boundaries of Student 1st Amendment Rights”, Res Gestae (October, 2003).

“Banality and the Pledge of Allegiance”, Indiana Lawyer (May 21, 2003).

“Answers to Your School Law Questions”, NSBA’s Leadership Insider (September 2003).

2002

“Notes from Counsel”, Actionlines, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (April, 2002).

“Indiana Supreme Court Clarifies Search Standards Under Indiana Constitution”, Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association (Spring, 2002).

2001

“Changing Presumptions: The first $15,000.00 is free!”, Indiana Lawyer (February 27, 2001).

“Breathalyzer Testing of Students Before School Events”, NSBA/COSA Inquiry & Analysis (April, 2001).

“Drugs, Alcohol & The Indiana Constitution”, Indiana Association of Cities & Towns: Actionlines (June, 2001).

2000

“Defining Judicial Activism Under the Indiana Constitution”, Indiana Lawyer (October 24, 2000).

“Death from a Thousand Cuts: The ACLU’s Attack on Public Education”, NSBA School Board News (August 29, 2000 Vol. 20, No. 16).

1999

“Skating on the Edge of Malpractice: Claims under the Indiana Constitution”, Indiana Lawyer (April 1, 1999).

“Distribution of Religious Materials at School: Lessons from the Bible Belt”, (Religious Liberties News, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1999).

1998

“Boys Will be Boys and Other Myths”, Indiana Lawyer (October 1998).

1997

“Primary and Secondary Teachers’ Religious Expression: The False Analogy”, Religious Liberties News, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1997).

“Religious Expression by Teachers: Whose Classroom is it?”, 118 Ed. Law Rep. 571 (July 24, 1997).

“What’s Happening in …”, International Association of Defense Counsel’s Journal, 64 Def. Couns. J. 414 (July 1997).

1996

“Student Injury: Protecting Your School from Liability”, Contributing Author (LRP Publications, 1996).

1994

“Nominal Damages and Attorney’s Fees: The Pendulum Swings”, Indiana Lawyer. (February 9, 1994).

1993

“The Requirements of Trial Rule 56”, Co-Author, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation (1993).

1992

“Rule 26(B): The Shroud Unravels”, Res Gestae (1992).

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