Monica J. Conrad
Monica Conrad is a director and a member of the firm's education law and labor and employment practice groups. She advises schools and municipalities in the areas of labor and employment law throughout the State of Indiana. Monica has extensive experience representing schools in special education matters, collective bargaining, labor arbitration and mediation, employment discrimination, civil rights, board governance, student issues, and unfair labor practices. She has represented clients before the EEOC, OCR, administrative proceedings, Indiana trial courts, United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts, the Northern District of Illinois, and the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals.
Prior to practicing law, Monica was a special education administrator and an educator teaching mildly mentally disabled, emotionally disabled, and learning disabled children.
Monica has also served as an adjunct professor for Indiana State University and Northeastern Illinois University in the area of school law. She is a frequent author and speaker on education and labor/employment-related topics.
State – Indiana
State – Illinois
Federal – Northern District of Indiana
Federal – Southern District of Indiana
Federal – Seventh Circuit
Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 1993
Indiana State University, B.S., 1986 and M.A., 1994
Leadership Northwest Indiana (Class 34)
Appointed by Governor Pence to Region 1 Works Council (2013)
Appointed by Governor Bayh to Family Support Council (1993)
Affiliations & Community Involvement
Indiana State Bar Association, Member
Lake County Bar Association, Member
Women’s Law Association, Member
Porter County Bar Association, Member
National Council of School Attorneys, Member
Indiana Council of School Attorneys, Member
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Member
Indiana State Advisory Council for Advanced ED, Member
Indiana Principals’ Association, Member
First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso, Elder
Permanent Judicial Commission for Wabash Valley Presbytery, Member
Duneland Education Foundation
Speeches & Publications
Monica published an article for the Res Gestae, the Indiana State Bar Association journal, titled “Indiana Choice Scholarship and RFRA’s Impact on Discrimination.” She is also a frequent speaker and publishes materials on a variety of school-related topics, including: working with outside agencies in the school setting; bullying, cyber bullying and harassment of students with disabilities; Americans with Disabilities Act; development teacher improvement plans; ensuring evaluations and IEP’s are legally defensible; defining boundaries of social networking with students, teachers and school purpose; discipline of students with special needs; and addressing changes in laws and meeting technology demands.