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  NEW PASA Legal Services Policy (pdf)  effective 10/1/14
  Expanded Legal Services Program for Commissioned Officers (pdf)
  Enrollment Form - Expanded Legal Services (pdf) 
  Application and Request for Legal Services (pdf)
   

PASA Legal Services Program
for Commissioned Officers

PASA Legal Policy

The PASA Board of Governors recently approved changes to the Legal Services Policy, which outlines the scope and limitations of legal services provided to PASA members.  Those changes are in effect as of Oct. 1, 2014, the beginning of the new PASA membership year.   Click here (pdf) to review the new policy.      

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The following information highlights the NEW legal services policy for commissioned officers. (See the Legal Services Policy for details.)

General Services

PASA's legal staff offers a wide range of employment-related legal resources and services to Commissioned Officers who are PASA members.  More specifically, PASA members have access to employment contract resources, response to correspondence on employment-related issues, assistance with contract development and negotiation in employment agreements, and review of initial contract/renewal contract terms. 

In addition, assistance in development, negotiation and preparation of employment contracts also is available to members and non-members who are being considered for appointment to their first commission and to experienced administrators who are relocating from another state and moving into a commissioned position in Pennsylvania.  

Expanded Legal Services Program

Eligible PASA members who annually participate in the Expanded Legal Services Program have access both to general legal resources and services listed above and access to direct legal representation and advice on employment-related issues, including:

  • Informal resolution of issues and disputes between PASA members and school boards   
  • Expanded conciliation of employment disputes between Commission Officers and their Boards
  • Development, negotiation and preparation of severance, separation, retirement and/or settlement agreements
  • Up to ten (10) hours of direct representation in all phases of litigation and due process hearings regarding employment contract issues. (See policy for details.)     

Eligibility…

Those eligible for the Expanded Legal Services Program must be Commissioned Officers who are PASA members in good standing and who have personally paid initial program enrollment dues and  ongoing annual program membership dues for each subsequent year. 

Costs for the Expanded Program…

Membership dues for the Expanded Legal Services Program are paid personally rather than through PASA membership dues paid by school districts to ensure that program membership dues are not perceived by school boards as supporting challenges to actions they take.

The initial enrollment dues for the Expanded Legal Services Program is $500, with ongoing annual program membership dues of $250 for each subsequent year.  Dues must be paid at least one year prior to the time the legal issue or problem arises.  Eligible members who have not paid the program enrollment dues at least one year prior to the time the legal issue arose and request participation in the program will be assessed initial $2,000 enrollment dues and ongoing annual program membership dues of $250 for each subsequent year.

Members accessing the Expanded Legal Services Program must continue to pay in full all PASA membership fees and dues, including the annual $250 program membership dues, in order to continue to have access to these services for a continuing legal matter, even if the member has resigned, been terminated and/or no longer holds a valid commission or works as a chief school administrator.

Process for Obtaining Direct Legal Representation…

To obtain services through the Expanded Services Program, eligible PASA members must:

  • Agree in writing to the terms of PASA Legal Services Policy   
  • Submit a completed application and a request for PASA legal services
  • Confirm having paid all required fees and dues for PASA membership and the Expanded Legal Services Program
  • Obtain approval to receive direct legal services and sign a representation agreement with PASA's attorney
  • Upon receiving outside payment for legal costs (i.e. AASA insurance) and/or attorneys' fees and/or costs in a successful challenge, reimburse PASA for legal costs, including fees and expenses

CLICK HERE (pdf) for a review of the PASA Legal Services Policy.

CLICK HERE (pdf) for a brochure on the Expanded Legal Services option for 2014-15.

CLICK HERE (pdf) for an Enrollment Form for the Expanded Legal Services Option (effective 10/1/14).

CLICK HERE (pdf) for the Application and Request for Legal Services.

For more information on PASA Legal Services, contact:
Virginia Montgomery, Esq., General Counsel
E-mail
(717) 540-4448