A View from the Nutmeg State:  Legal Updates for CT Independent Schools
Julie Fay, Partner & Bill Roberts, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLC

This session will provide an overview of new legislation impacting independent schools in CT, including new laws regarding recreational marijuana, religious exemptions for student vaccines, the CROWN Act and other employment legislation.  We will also discuss the impact of Governor Lamont’s mandatory vaccine order and share an update on cases of interest, including challenges to vaccine mandates, and recent DOJ action involving ADA accommodations for students.


Julie C. Fay is a partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP where she represents a wide range of educational and other non-profit institutions, including k-12 public and independent schools and colleges and universities. Julie advises schools on all aspects of day-to-day operations, including student and faculty matters, student discipline, special education and accommodations, student health, confidentiality, mandated reporting, employment issues, handbooks and general school governance and policy. She is well versed in Title IX and schools’ obligations under the IDEA, Section 504 and the ADA, and conducts and advises schools in investigations. Julie regularly provides training and professional development workshops for faculty, staff and students and is a seasoned presenter for national educational associations.  Julie is a past president of the Connecticut Council of School Attorneys (COSA) and is a former adjunct professor at Quinnipiac Law School where she taught a course on Education and the Law.  Having worked as an independent school teacher and coach prior to pursuing her legal career, Julie brings her unique, personal experience and valuable insight to her education practice.