Steve has represented public school districts for more than 20 years and has experience in almost every area of school law. Need a contract or help with a construction project? He will help you get the deal done without unnecessary delays or over-lawyering. Have a poorly performing teacher or other personnel problem? Steve will help you develop a remediation plan and take other action that is fair but still demands excellence in the classroom. Have questions about public bidding, student discipline, option enrollment, reorganizations, open meetings, public or student records, CIR or negotiations? Give Steve a call. He also has considerable experience in representing parents and children in juvenile court. That experience, paired with his undergraduate degree in psychology, gives Steve unique insight into school law issues. Steve frequently makes presentations at NCSA and NASB sponsored conferences on a variety of school law topics.
Steve likes educators so much, he went out and got one of his very own. Amy Colwell, Steve’s long-suffering significant other, is an assistant principal with the Lincoln Public School System. Steve’s house can be a full one, with his two kids, Sammy and Kyle; Amy’s three children, Riley, Jack, and Posie; and their three dogs, Bo, Dexter, and Molly. Sammy is a National Merit Scholar, proving that in the nature v. nurture debate, both sides are wrong. She is a sophomore at The University of Oklahoma. Kyle works at Faith Lutheran Daycare, which is evidence in and of itself that Kyle is more kind and patient than Steve will ever be. Riley is a soon-to-be UNL college freshman and a future RN. She has yet to realize we and all her siblings will assume her to be the caretaker for her aging parents. Jack enjoys his time in high school playing football, maxing his squat and bench press, eating and sleeping like it is his job, and making the honor roll. And Posie likes to make art, play - outside, with friends, with 'stuff' (not toys, toys are for little kids) and avoids her brother and cleaning her room when she isn’t busy working her way through elementary school. In their free time, the dogs like to go for walks and eat . . . everything. If you see him on the street, be sure to ask Steve about the $1500 pair of underwear. Easily bribed with free food, Steve enjoys eating chocolate, embarrassing himself at golf scrambles, dominating Bobby Truhe at fantasy football, and advocating for the rights of introverts.