Monica J. Conrad

Monica J. Conrad

mconrad@lewis-kappes.com

219.472.0063

Monica J. Conrad

Practice Areas

Education/Municipal Law, Litigation, and Labor & Employment Law

Monica Conrad is a director and a member of the firm's education law and labor and employment practice groups. She advises schools and municipalities in the areas of labor and employment law throughout the State of Indiana and Illinois. Monica has extensive experience representing schools in special education matters, labor arbitration and mediation, collective bargaining, civil rights, board governance, student issues, litigation, and unfair labor practices. She has represented clients before the EEOC, OCR, administrative trial courts, United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts, the Northern District of Illinois, and the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

Prior to practicing law, Monica was a special education director and an educator teaching mildly mentally disabled, emotionally disabled, and learning disabled children.

Monica has also served as an adjunct professor for Indiana State University and Northeastern Illinois University in the area of school law. She is a frequent author and speaker on education and labor and employment-related topics.

Education

Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 1993

Indiana State University, B.S., 1986 and M.A., 1994

Bar Admissions

Indiana, 1994; Illinois, 1994; Admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Publications and Presentations

Monica is a frequent speaker and publishes materials on a variety of school-related topics, including: working with outside agencies in the school setting; bullying, cyber bullying and harassment of students with disabilities; Americans with Disabilities Act; professional development plans for "needs improvement" and ineffective teachers; ensuring evaluations and IEP's are legally defensible; defining boundaries of social networking with students, teachers and school purpose; discipline of students with special needs; and addressing changes in laws and meeting technology demands.

Affiliations and Professional Memberships

Indiana State Bar Association

Lake County Bar Association

Women's Law Association

Porter County Bar Association

National Council of School Attorneys

Indiana Council of School Attorneys

Illinois State Bar Association

Illinois Council of School Attorneys

Indiana State Advisory Council for Advanced ED

Indiana Principals' Association

Duneland Education Foundation

First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso, Elder

Member of Permanent Judicial Commission for Wabash Valley Presbytery

Honors and Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubble

Leadership Northwest Indiana (Class 34)

Appointed by Governor Pence to Region 1 Works Council, 2013

Appointed by Governor Bayh to Family Support Council, 1993