Melanie Keeney Participates as Featured Speaker at Telephone Roundtable On “Monitoring Student Electronic Communications”

Feb 17, 2010

Tueth Keeney is proud of its commitment to advising and educating school administrators on the complex and ever-changing legal issues facing public schools. Melanie Keeney, a Tueth Keeney founder and shareholder, recently took time to participate in a telephone roundtable as one of two featured speakers. The telephone roundtable was hosted by United Educator’s Insurance, an insurance company specifically for educational institutions.

The telephone roundtable, titled “Monitoring Student Electronic Communications: Can you do it? Should you?” took place on February 17, 2010. The roundtable addressed how and when educational institutions – including higher education institutions and both independent and public K12 schools – can monitor students’ electronic communications (and whether they should try at all). Topics included email use, including harassment and threats, “sexting”, and use of social media (Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and others).

Melanie Keeney practices in the areas of K-12 education, higher education, labor and employment, and immigration law. Her experience in education law includes representing numerous Missouri school districts and institutions of higher education regarding a wide range of personnel and student matters. Melanie also specializes in First Amendment issues, ranging from free speech to religion in the schools, and she regularly advises school districts on these issues. Melanie has extensive experience litigating both federal and state cases. She also serves as an invited speaker in the local and national level. Melanie is a past board member of the National School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys and is past Chairman of the Missouri Council of School Attorneys. She has been listed in St. Louis Magazine’s “St. Louis Best Lawyers” and “The Best Lawyers in America,” from 1997-2008, and in “Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers,” 2005-2009 editions as a top lawyer and one of the top 50 female lawyers in Missouri and Kansas, and in Kansas City Magazine as one of the “Top Missouri Lawyers.”

Tueth Keeney maintains one of the largest and most successful higher education law groups in the Midwest. Our higher education practice includes representation of numerous colleges and universities throughout Missouri and Illinois. In addition, the Firm is one of approximately twenty law firms in the nation that have been appointed to act as Select Counsel to represent higher education institutions insured by United Educators Insurance Risk Retention Group, Inc., the nation’s largest insurer of colleges and universities. The attorneys in the Firm’s higher education group provide a full range of services to colleges and universities, ranging from day-to-day counseling on legal issues, to representation in complex litigation.

The law firm of Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt P.C. has one of the largest and most successful education law groups in the country. The Firm regularly serves the legal counsel needs of approximately 150 school districts throughout Missouri. The Firm also has one of the largest school law practices in Central and Southern Illinois.