Education Attorney & Consultant
Maree Sneed is recognized in the education industry as a lawyer who helps school districts, independent schools, educational institutions, and educational companies solve their most complex problems. For three decades, clients have sought Ms. Sneed’s advice as a result of her experience working in the education system, her legal acumen, public policy work, and her ability to make connections between the education and legal arenas.
Sneed has advised clients in the education sector on a broad range of issues, including social media, bullying and cyber-bullying, harassment, sex and race discrimination, English language learners, and magnet schools. She also advises on privacy, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; special education/IDEA; equitable access and opportunities; integration and desegregation; school facilities; contracts; Title IX, Title VI, and 504 compliance; and charter schools.
She has provided regulatory advice to clients and litigated cases for clients in state courts as well as federal, district, and appellate courts. Ms. Sneed and her team worked on two important Supreme Court cases involving school districts — Schafer v. Weast and PICs v. Seattle School District No. 1 as well as represented school districts in Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations and negotiated voluntary resolution agreements.
Prior to attending law school, Sneed was a high school teacher, secondary principal, and assistant principal in Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools. She has a masters and doctorate in education who, for many years, taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Currently she is a member of the Magnet Schools of America Board of Directors. Additionally, she has served on the Board of the Council of School of Attorneys and on the Board of the National School Boards Foundation.