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Thrun Law Firm, P.C., provides a full range of legal services to the public sector. We also represent the vast majority of school districts in Michigan.

Our history of representing the majority of Michigan's school districts for over 50 years benefits our school clients through effective and efficient legal representation, comprehensive and knowledgeable legal analysis of issues facing school boards and administrators, and fair and cost-effective billing practices.

Founded by the Thrun family in the 1950's (see our firm History page), Thrun Law Firm has set the standard for legal representation of school districts and other municipalities in the State of Michigan. Because of this legal expertise and the number of school districts and other municipalities it represents, our attorneys generally have knowledge of, and prior experience in, addressing similar legal issues and problems that occur among several of our school district and other public sector clients.

About Thrun Law Firm

Thrun Law Firm, P.C. is Michigan’s premier public sector law firm, specializing in education and municipal law. In contrast to other law firms, public sector law is not just a “sideline” business or one of many practice areas for our firm. Instead, our attorneys focus almost exclusively on public sector law and representing the firm’s school district, public school academy, local government and other public sector clients across Michigan. We have a deep bench of experienced attorneys and other resources necessary to provide our public sector clients with quality and effective legal representation, and our concentration on public sector law results in substantial cost savings for our clients.

As the end of the school year approaches, school officials should be finalizing year-end teacher evaluations. To assist our clients with the legal stand­ards for teacher evaluations found in Revised School Code Section 1249, we have created a flow chart (at­tached) which summarizes the requirements, including classroom observations, IDPs for probation­ary and tenured teachers, and mid-year progress reports.

The high school graduation ceremony is the culmi­nation of the K-12 experience for graduates and their families. As a defining moment in a student’s life, the graduation ceremony carries both social and emo­tional significance. The graduation ceremony also presents many challenges for school officials.

School decisions affecting a student’s participation in graduation can result in litigation. Fortunately, court decisions provide some guidance to school officials on navigating this challenging area.

No Right to “Walk”

Prom season is upon us   ̶  along with all the accompanying legal issues. Below are tips for navigating common “prom-blems” as well as some “prom-posals” to address them.


There is no constitutional “right” to attend the prom. Attending the prom is a privilege, subject to revocation for non-compliance with reasonable conduct standards. Schools may not, however, prohibit a student from attending prom based on a protected classification, e.g., race, religion, sex.