Stephanie Lovett-Bowman is a litigator and counselor who specializes in helping school districts and other public employers resolve disputes and implement best practices to proactively avoid risk and conflict. Her goal is always to help schools maximize their time and resources to allow them to focus on what they do best, educating students.
As a former investigative attorney for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Stephanie has unique insight in advising educational institutions regarding their responses to OCR and other governmental agency investigations. Her investigative work at OCR also provides her significant experience in conducting internal investigations for schools and other organizations.
Stephanie represents employers in administrative proceedings and lawsuits involving discrimination, employment contracts and restrictive covenants, and counsels them when facing sensitive situations including employee terminations, discipline, and leave issues. She drafts handbooks, policies, and employment contracts that will avoid risk and provide employers flexibility in managing employees. Stephanie is also well-versed in drafting board policies and regulations that comply with the complex legal regulations that surround the public school system. Additionally, Stephanie provides personnel training to help schools and employers prevent complaints and concerns from arising.
For educational institutions, Stephanie provides counsel regarding federal and state education laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504, teacher tenure laws, sunshine laws, and constitutional issues.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Stephanie worked as a journalist for a Philadelphia newspaper.
Highlights of Stephanie Lovett-Bowman’s experience include:
- Tried special education due process hearing regarding sufficiency of school district’s evaluation and educational program for student, resulting in hearing commissioner decision in favor of school district on all issues.
- Obtained letters of dismissal due to insufficient evidence in OCR proceeding involving allegations of race and age discrimination.
- Frequently negotiates nuisance value settlements resolving claims of race discrimination, disability discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.
- “Disability Accommodations: Common Complaints and Tips,” Missouri Community College Association, June 2017
- “Retaliation: the No. 1 Employment Claim,” Labor & Employment Seminar, May 2015
- “Best Practices for Workplace Investigations,” Labor & Employment Seminar, May 2014
- “Social Media 3.0,” Labor & Employment Law Seminar, May 2013
- “Preventing Employment Discrimination Claims,” Missouri School Boards Association, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, September 2012
- “Disciplining Off Campus Speech,” Education Law Seminar, December 2011
- “Service Animals,” Education Law Seminar, December 2011
- “School District Civil Immunity,” Missouri School Boards’ Association Conference, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, October 2011
- “Critical Legal Guidance for School Nurses,” 33rd Annual School Health Conference, Children’s Mercy Hospital, August 2011
- “Student Expression: An Overview of Free Speech and the First Amendment,” Missouri School Boards Association, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, October 2010
- Kansas Bar
- Missouri Bar
- Council of School Attorneys
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Kansas City Tomorrow – class of 2017, The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City
- 2015 Rising Star, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
- Elected to Order of the Coif, University of Kansas School of Law
- Law School Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, University of Kansas School of Law
- Editor-in-chief of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, University of Kansas School of Law
Contact Stephanie Lovett-Bowman at 816.292.8216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.