Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has a long history of leadership in federal and state education policy. Our lawyers and advisors have served in key positions in the executive branch, on Capitol Hill and on state advisory committees, where they have gained deep insight into education issues and developed a sophisticated understanding of lawmaking and the regulatory process. Akin Gump’s education team is widely respected by key decision-makers in Washington, D.C., and in state capitols throughout the country.
Our education practice has achieved considerable success serving a diverse client base ranging from established and renowned institutions to cutting-edge start-ups, education research organizations, major education publishers, K-12 schools, nonprofits, online public charter schools, community colleges and universities. Akin Gump has cultivated specific experience in online education; education technology; early childhood education; science, technology, education and math (STEM) education initiatives; English Language Learner activities; teacher quality standards; school productivity issues; financial aid efficiencies; after-school academic programming; and supplemental education services. Our clients seek to improve education in a transformative way, and we partner with them to accomplish their objectives.
Our list of accomplishments is as varied as the entities we represent. We have advised private-sector schools in federal legislative and executive branch strategy, assisting in the development of professional codes of conduct and earning the respect of important policymakers in a difficult regulatory environment. Our advisors have provided core strategy and planning that has resulted in significant state appropriations funding, and we frequently navigate the grant writing process to obtain funding from both state and federal sources. We have worked closely with legislators and regulators to enhance education quality in such areas as technology, teacher training, STEM, enhanced public school options and access to financial aid. We have also provided advice and support on specific projects or plans of education entities.
Akin Gump is proud to be the national pro bono counsel for the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 125 free, open-enrollment, college preparatory public charter schools serving low-income communities. Our education policy lawyers and advisors are among the more than 130 Akin Gump professionals who have provided pro bono assistance to KIPP, seamlessly integrating advocacy and government relations objectives with the organization’s business operations and overall strategy for continued growth.