Legal Benefits

Liabilities and Legal Protection

Education is a profession with many hidden pitfalls and liabilities. A lifetime career of teaching and inspiring our children and being a part of the local school’s staff is a worthy calling. On the other hand, working with children creates circumstances that can threaten your reputation and even cost you your livelihood. There are endless stories of how false accusations and unwarranted charges left unanswered can cost educators their certification and the ability to be employed.

That is where AEA’s Legal Department, its liability insurance policy, and its statewide system of network attorneys stand as the hallmark of protection for the professional members of AEA.

AEA’s staff attorneys are considered the best education attorneys in the state, and they work hand-in-hand with local attorneys across the state.  Members are never far from legal protection or the advice of an attorney with education expertise.

As a professional, you should never worry about the cost of legal protection when you are falsely attacked. AEA attorneys will represent you at no additional cost because you are an AEA member.

The education professional’s job is to teach and care for children, not worry about the cost of legal action or protection on the job.

AEA provides members with $1 million of liability insurance, no-cost attorneys in job actions, and 30 minutes of free legal advice from attorneys on our Attorney Referral Roster. Members get discounted fees from these attorneys on non-job-related issues.

For more information, link to AEA’s Professional Rights and Responsibilities booklet.

What to do if you need legal protection

If you are faced with an action related to your employment – suspension, termination, disciplinary action, transfers, certificate revocation, lawsuit by student or parent, job-related or Department of Human Resources charges – the first and immediate action is to contact your local UniServ Director.

Your UniServ Director can advise you and stand with you to defend yourself with full access to all the legal and liability protections afforded to AEA members, including providing you with an application for legal assistance if warranted.