Education

  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D., cum laude 
  • Kent State University, B.A., Political Science and History, summa cum laude 

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio 
Julia A. Bauer
Partner

Dedicated to achieving client’s desired outcomes, Julia’s focus is on the client’s goals and finding creative ways to achieve them.  Whether navigating complex special education disputes, negotiating a labor contract, strategizing a plan for an employment or student discipline matter or finding practical solutions for compliance issues, Julia works with public boards of education and their administrators to solve problems.  Her attention to detail and breadth of experience working with public schools enables her to provide valuable advice to clients.   

Julia joined Scott Scriven LLP in 2009 after starting her career in education law as a staff attorney at the Ohio School Boards Association.  Her years of experience serving Ohio’s public boards of education means she understands the challenges today’s public educators face and she is committed to serving their missions.

Primary Focus & Experience

  • Education General Counsel:  Provides comprehensive advice and counsel to boards of education throughout the state of Ohio, including advising on public records, open meetings and board policy and governance issues, ethics and contracting advice, contract drafting and interpretation, community and media relations, litigation preparation and avoidance.
  • Collective Bargaining:  Negotiates labor contracts on behalf of boards of education with teaching and nonteaching unions.  Represents boards in mediation, arbitration, fact-finding and proceedings before the State Employment Relations Board.   
  • Special Education Counseling & Litigation:  Defends boards of education in special education due process proceedings, administrative proceedings and in federal court.  Provides proactive advice to manage special education disputes and compliance concerns.   
  • Employment Law:  Defends boards of education in complaints before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state agencies; represents clients in all aspects of employment law, from managing internal complaints and investigations, day to day human resources issues, and complex litigation.   
  • Student Matters:  Provides guidance and advice on various student matters, including bullying, parent complaints, student discipline, equity and diversity issues, and student records and privacy concerns.   
  • School Business Operations:  Provides proactive advice, review, drafting and negotiations regarding vendor contracts and strategic partnerships, risk assessment and management, and advice regarding financial issues.    
  • Investigations:  Provides guidance to administrators conducting investigations or directly assists with investigations into student and staff issues.   
  • Litigation:  Represents boards of education through all phases of litigation, including employee and student discrimination and civil rights cases; constitutional claims, including equal protection; Section 1983 claims; retaliation claims; sexual harassment and Title IX claims; teacher termination and employee discharge cases; and student discipline and special education claims.

Presentations & Publications

Julia frequently speaks and writes on the following topics:  

  • Public sector labor and employment law 
  • Special education 
  • School law and boardsmanship  
  • Sunshine law (public records and open meetings) 
  • Student issues, including discipline, bullying and investigations 
  • Booster groups 
  • Ethics 
  • Harassment and discrimination issues, including Title IX 

 Julia has presented for the following organizations: 

  • The Ohio State University 
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association 
  • Ohio School Boards Association
  • Ohio Association of School Business Officials 
  • Ohio Association of Pupil Services Administrators 
  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys

Julia has authored the following publications:  

  • Student Discipline, Ohio School Boards Association  
  • Ohio School Records Guide, Ohio School Boards Association (past edition) 
  • Contributing author, Baldwin’s Ohio School Law Journal  
  • Contributing author, OSBA Journal 
  • Amicus Curiae brief author, OSBA Legal Assistance Fund 
  • Legal Updates for Ohio Association of Pupil Services Administrators 

Professional Associations & Community Involvement

  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, Executive Board Member 
  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys Special Education Roundtable, Member 
  • Volunteer, Columbus MetroParks (2013-2017) 

You Might Not Know

Julia is on a mission to visit every National Park in the United States.  So far, she has checked off 16, and usually has her next hiking trip in the planning stages. 

“I am a proud product of public education, from elementary school through law school. Representing boards of education is satisfying work. Our clients are trying to do what is best for the students they serve and I enjoy helping them focus on providing high-quality public education.”