William J. BlahaPrincipal

    William J. Blaha graduated with honors from Michigan State University and received his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School.  Mr. Blaha’s expertise has been concentrated in representing educational institutions in the specialized area of labor relations and education law. William J. Blaha co-authored The Michigan Teacher and Tenure with Gary J. Collins, with the Eighth Edition released in 2017.  Mr. Blaha also co-authored The Michigan Teacher and Administrator Evaluations in 2016.  Mr. Blaha was lead counsel in a landmark Michigan Supreme Court ruling (Michigan Gun Owners, Inc and Ulysses Wong v Ann Arbor Public Schools and Jeanice K. Swift, July 27, 2018) that upheld Ann Arbor Public Schools’ Board Policy prohibiting visitors from “open carry” at school except as permitted by law.

     

    ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

    • Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan 
    • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan 
    • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals 

     

    EDUCATION

    • Michigan State University (B.A., Business/Marketing) 
    • Wayne State University Law School (J.D.) 

     

    LEGAL MEMBERSHIPS

    • Labor / Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
    • National Council of School Board Attorneys
    • Michigan Council of School Board Attorneys
    • Michigan Negotiators Association
    • Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators
    • Michigan Association of School Boards

     

    PRESENTATIONS

    • Current Issues in Collective Bargaining 
    • Legal Issues/Educator’s Use of Social Networking Sites 
    • Michigan Teacher Tenure Evaluation/Discipline 
    • Legal Issues in School Safety 
    • Freedom of Information Act, Personnel Files and Open Meetings Act 

     

    PUBLICATIONS

    • Co-Author of the 1993, 2002, 2009 and 2017 editions of the Michigan Teacher and Tenure
    • Co-Author of the 2016 edition of The Michigan Teacher and Administrator Evaluations 

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