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Arthur L. Coleman

Partner

101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C., 20001
art.coleman@educationcounsel.com

Art Coleman is a managing partner and co-founder of EducationCounsel LLC, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. With a background in providing legal, policy, strategic planning, and advocacy services to educators, Mr. Coleman addresses issues of access, accountability and completion in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

Art Coleman is a managing partner and co-founder of EducationCounsel LLC, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. With a background in providing legal, policy, strategic planning, and advocacy services to educators, Mr. Coleman addresses issues of access, accountability and completion in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

Art Coleman is a managing partner and co-founder of EducationCounsel LLC, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. With a background in providing legal, policy, strategic planning, and advocacy services to educators, Mr. Coleman addresses issues of access, accountability and completion in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

Mr. Coleman’s work centers on:

  • Development of college and career-ready policy, with a focus on issues of accountability and assessments; accreditation and systems improvement; and access for students with disabilities and English language learners
  • Development of higher education access and diversity policies, including a focus on enrollment-related and employment policies designed to enhance access and the educational benefits of diversity
  • Development of fully inclusive school and university safety and conduct policies, with a focus on student bullying and harassment policies, as well as on issues relevant to legally protected expression and speech
  • Design of strategies and the implementation of plans to support non-profit organizations that seek to align their educationally focused goals with policy, demographic, and related trends and developments
  • Providing legal advice and institutional guidance regarding federal non-discrimination laws, including those that provide protections against race, ethnicity, sex, disability, and language-based discrimination

Previous Professional Experience

  • Served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights following a three-and-a-half year tenure as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (June 1997–January 2000)
    • Responsible for developing federal civil rights policy in education and enforcing relevant federal laws centered on issues relating to standards reform, test use, students with disabilities, English language learners, affirmative action, desegregation, sexual and racial harassment, and gender equity in athletics
  • Is a "recovering litigator," having begun his legal career as a lawyer with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough (1984–1993)

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, JD, honors (1984)
  • University of Virginia (1981)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Industries

  • Board of Directors, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
  • Board of Trustees, The Lab School of Washington
  • Past Chairperson, Board of Directors, Institute for Higher Education Policy
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Speaks and writes on topics regarding legal and policy issues in education
  • Served as an adjunct professor at two law schools and at one graduate school of education
  • Deputy Group Leader, Nelson Mullins' Government Relations Practice Group
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