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Karen Glasser Sharp



Professional Profile

Karen Glasser Sharp is a director and a member of the firm's education law, litigation, and labor and employment practice groups. She specializes in assisting school corporations and other public entities with educational and labor-related issues. Karen has extensive litigation experience representing schools and private entities, including employment discrimination matters, special education hearings, First Amendment issues, civil rights violations, and tort claims, among others. She also has represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board and the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board. She has experience representing employers and schools in arbitrations, mediations, administrative law hearings, state and federal court trials, and appeals.

Karen is a frequent author and speaker, addressing a variety of topics regarding educating students with disabilities, complying with educational laws and regulations, and addressing labor and employment issues. She has been a contributing author to a number of publications including: Indiana School Laws and Rules (Editorial Advisory Board for West Publications, 2009 to present; contributing author 2006-2007 ed.).


Indiana University

Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D.
1989, summa cum laude
Indiana Journal for Global Legal Students, Submission Editor

University of Indianapolis

1985, magna cum laude
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  • Indiana
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


Professional Affiliations

  • National School Boards Association, Member
  • National Council of School Attorneys, Member
  • Indiana School Boards Association, Member
  • Indiana Council of School Attorneys, Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Member

Community Service

  • Indiana Mental Health Memorial Foundation, Former Board Member and Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Mental Health America in Indiana, Inc., Former Board Member and Chair of the Board of Directors


  • Indiana Law Review, Note Development Editor, 1988-1989
  • Judge William E. Steckler Fellowship, I.U. School of Law, 1989
  • Francis J. Feeney, Jr. Tax Award, I.U. School of Law, 1989
  • Dean's Tutorial Society, I.U. School of Law, Co-chair, 1988-1989
  • Donald F. Carmony Award for Excellence in History and Political Science, University of Indianapolis
  • Eugene C. Pulliam Memorial Journalism Scholarship, University of Indianapolis
  • Oracle (yearbook), University of Indianapolis, Editor-in-Chief, 1981-1983
  • Moot Court Competition, University of Indianapolis, First Place, 1984-1985
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, The Honorable John D. Tinder Intern, 1988

Speaking and Publications

    Karen is a frequent speaker to employers, educators, ISBA, IASBO, ICASE, and CJA on various topics including: social media and its effect on education; the Family and Medical Leave Act; strategies for avoiding due process; dealing with dangerous and aggressive students; seclusion and restraint practices and policies; preventing and responding to complaints of disability harassment; Section 504; Article 7 and the IDEA; sexual harassment; teacher termination; bullying prevention and remediation; teacher evaluation; student discipline; handling employee misconduct, abuse, and incompetence; alternative and private schools; discipline, functional behavioral assessments and behavioral improvement plans; assistive technology and services; DCS investigations; health insurance disputes; employee handbooks; employee privacy issues; Americans with Disabilities Act; hiring, accommodation and termination; board ethics and governance; and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

    Karen has authored a number of publications including: Indiana School Laws and Rules (Editorial Advisory Board for West Publications, 2009-2010 ed. to present; contributing author 2006-2007 ed.); "Alternative Schools: Legal Guidance for Serving Special Education Students - Second Edition" (LRP 2005); "Graduating Students with Disabilities: Complying with the IDEA" (LRP 2004); "Practical and Strategic Issues in Autism Litigation" (2003); "The Current Legal Status of Inclusion" (LRP 2002); "Exhaustion of Remedies under the IDEA" (LRP 2001); "Boys Will be Boys and Other Myths: What the Law Says About Sexual Harassment of Students" (1997); "What Are the Legal Limits for Providing Assistive Technology Devices and Services" (co-author, 1997); "An Overview of the Requirement of Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA" (1996); "Analysis and Comparison of Section 504 and Title II of the ADA" (co-author, 1995); "An Examination of Fee Shifting Statues" (co-author, 1994); "The Impact of the ADA on Construction Employers" (co-author, 1992); "Employee Screening and Hiring Under the Americans with Disabilities Act" (co-author, 1992); "Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 - Public Accommodations and Services Operated by Private Entities" (1990). She also is a frequent contributor to numerous articles in LRP Publications The Special Educator newsletter


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