Education Law Services


Education Law Services through the Center for Catholic Education at LMU are primarily directed toward education law as it impacts Catholic schools. Led by Sr. Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D., Ph.D., these services may include the review of school handbooks and documents with analysis and recommendations, assistance with the development of crisis and/or intervention and response plans.

Canon Law as it impacts educational ministries, as well as advice regarding child and student safety audits are within the scope of the education law services through the CCE. Consultant services can be a one-time request or be included in an annual education law services contract with the respective school or diocese. Speakers are available to conduct education law workshops on any variety of topics, or can be tailored to meet immediate and more pressing needs.

In addition, affiliate resources are available to assist with education law within the public as well as the private school sector.

Topics may include:

  • Avoiding the appearance of impropriety
  • Bullying
  • Canon Law and and Ministry
  • Catholic School "Safe-environment" Training
  • Child abuse
  • Contracts
  • Curricular and extracurricular programs
  • Cyberbullying
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Expulsion and suspension policies
  • Governance structures
  • Harassment
  • Health and Safety
  • Inclusive education
  • Immigration and schools
  • Health and Safety
  • Negligence claims
  • Parents' rights
  • School handbooks
  • Parents' rights
  • Negligence claims
  • School administration
  • School handbooks
  • Sex abuse

Education Law Symposium

Learn more about the 18th Annual Education Law Symposium, July 8 and 9, which is taking place online and is free to attend.

Education Law Team

Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D., Ph.D.

As an attorney with over 35 years of experience as an educator, a Catholic school principal and a university vice-president, Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D., Ph.D., provides education law consulting services to principals, school administrators, superintendents, board members, church officials, parents and others who have interest in, or concerns of a legal nature involving education in both the public and private sectors. Read her full bio.

Bryan V. Pham, S.J.

Fr. Bryan Pham is a member of the Society of Jesus. He serves on the faculty of the Theological Studies Department at Loyola Marymount University and collaborates with the Education Law Services at LMU. Additionally, Fr. Pham serves as Chaplain at Loyola Law School and practices immigration law at the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic. Read his full bio. 


If interested in receiving information about education law consulting services and/or pricing, please contact Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D., Ph.D., at


The information obtained is not, nor is intended to be, legal advice. An in-state attorney should be consulted for legal advice regarding individual situations.