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Melissa Burkett McKie

Phone: (205) 251-2881
Fax: (205) 254-3987
Email: melissamckie@bishopcolvin.com

Melissa Burkett McKie’s practice areas include education, local government, and employment law. She has experience representing school boards in a wide variety of matters related to special education and disability law before state and federal agencies and the federal courts. In addition, she frequently provides guidance to school boards on federal laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and No Child Left Behind. She also serves as a consultant to the AASB’s Policy Revision Project and has overseen the revision of the policies of numerous boards of education throughout the state.

Publications:

  • Boardmanship Basics: Avoid Policy Pitfalls, Alabama School Boards Magazine, Summer 2011.

Cases:

  • Hicks v. Alexander City Bd. of Educ., 2012 WL 3631574 (M.D. Ala. 2012).
  • Jefferson County Bd. of Educ. v. S.B, 788 F. Supp 2d 1347 (N.D. Ala. 2011).

Speaking Engagements / Seminars:

  • Special Education: What Every Administrator Should Know; Special Education: Steps Administrators Can Take to Avoid Due Process; The Basics of Discipline Under the IDEA: The 10-day Rule, Manifestation Determinations, and Functional Behavioral Assessments, Birmingham City Board of Education, Co-presented with Carl Johnson, February 18, 2013.
  • Getting Deeper into Bulletproof Documentation with the Students First Act, CLAS Law Conference, February 13, 2013.
  • Practical Guidance - Legal Issues, Deans and Administrators Law Conference, University of Montevallo, January 3, 2013.
  • Dealing with Concussions Head On, Alabama Association of School Boards, Winter Conference, December 7, 2012.
  • Handling Personnel Hot Topics, Using Progressive Discipline Effectively, CNP Directors' Fall Workshop, October 16, 2012.
  • Students First Act, Alabama School of Fine Arts, August 13, 2012
  • Using Technology Wisely: How Educators Can Avoid Professional & Personal Liability, Jefferson County Board of Education, Career and Technical Education Conference, August 1, 2012.
  • Hot Topics in Policy, Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys, Summer Conference, June 23, 2012.
  • Physical Examinations for School Bus Drivers, Alabama School Transportation Association Conference, June 9, 2012.
  • Special Education: What Every Administrator Should Know, Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, Administrators’ Conference, February 16, 2012.
  • Stay Informed: The Students First Act, Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, Administrators’ Conference, February 16, 2012.
  • Legal Implications of the School Safety Plan Act and the Student Harassment Prevention Act, Virtual Alabama School Safety Summit, October 27, 2011.
  • Special Education: Practical Tips for Avoiding Due Process, Macon County Board of Education, August 11, 2011.
  • Policy Primer, Alabama Association of School Boards, Leadership for Policy and Planning Conference, March 10, 2012.
  • Do I Need to Be a Lawyer: Corporal Punishment, Student Discipline, Disproportionality, Title IX and Case Law? Macon County Board of Education, Summer Retreat, June 24, 2011.
  • Practical Tips for Avoiding Due Process, Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, Winter Law Conference, January 27, 2011.
  • School Law I, Alabama Association of School Business Officials, Chief School Financial Officers and Payroll/Personnel Certificate Program, September 14, 2010.
  • Horror Policies and Policy Update Services, Practical Guidance for Updating School Board Policy, Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys, Summer Conference, June 13, 2010.
  • Policy Up Your Policy Manual, Alabama Association of School Boards, Annual Convention, December 4, 2009.
  • When Good Technology Goes Bad, Alabama Ethics Law: Provisions and Opinions of Importance to Educators, and Using Documentation Appropriately, Madison City Board of Education Administrator's Conference, July 14, 2009.
  • Legal Aspects of Behavioral Plans, Lorman Education Services, April 16, 2009.
  • Polish Up Your Policy Manual, AASB Member Academy, March 14, 2009.
  • When Good Technology Goes Bad, AASB Annual Convention, December 7, 2007.

Professional Affiliations, Activities and Honors:

  • Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys
    • Board of Directors (2012-2013)
  • National School Board Association, Council of School Attorneys
  • Birmingham Bar Association
   

Education:

- University of Alabama School
  of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Juris Doctor, 2005
  - Law & Psychology Review,
Lead Articles Editor
  - Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
  - Dean's Community Service Award
- Huntingdon College, 
  Montgomery, Alabama, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 2000
  - Omicron Delta Kappa
  - Psi Chi
  - Phi Eta Sigma

Admitted:

- Alabama (2005)
- United States Court of
  Appeals for Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court
  for Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama 

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