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    Membership in a Legal Services Cooperative entitles member districts to receive legal trainings, telephone consultation, a basic level of individualized legal advisement, and discounted rates on additional legal services.

    Region 18 ESC engages the law firms listed below to provide the legal services. Purchasing membership services from either firm provides to all participating districts the following services:

    • Up to three one-day legal workshops conducted by Eichelbaum, Wardell. The workshops will be held within Region 18. They are open to the superintendent, campus or district administrators, and school board members of participating districts on school law matters.
    • Up to three one-hour distance learning trainings conducted during the lunch hour by Underwood Law Firm for superintendents, campus or district administrators, and school board members of participating districts on school law matters.
    • Emails and other correspondences from time to time reflecting updates on legal matters of statewide importance and application
    • Telephone consultation and legal advisement on school law matters as described below
    • Additional legal services for reduced fees

    Service Type:

    Eichelbaum, Wardell, Hansen, Powell & Mehl, P.C.
    Districts purchasing Legal Services from Eichelbaum, Wardell, Hansen, Powell & Mehl, P.C. (Eichelbaum, Wardell) will receive the following benefits:

    A.    Three one-day legal workshops conducted within Region 18 open to the superintendent, campus or district administrators, and school board members of participating districts on school law matters

    B.    Telephone consultation on school law matters at no charge for up to 15 minutes per call on a single matter. Eichelbaum, Wardell provides a designated twenty-four hour a day toll free number for all incoming calls at no cost to participating districts. 

    C.    A reduced fee for calls lasting more than 15 minutes or requiring research beyond the attorney’s personal knowledge

    D.    Email or posting on the Eichelbaum, Wardell website of legal issue updates as needed, but at least quarterly, to participating schools

    E.    Additional legal services for the reduced fees of $225 per hour for shareholder work; $195 per hour for all other non-shareholder attorneys; $150 per hour for attorneys pending licensure; and $85 per hour for law clerks and/or paralegals  (Regular Rate = $250  per hour)

    Underwood Law Firm 
    Service Delivery:  Districts purchasing Legal Services from Underwood Law Firm will receive the following benefits:

    A.    Three “Lunch with Lawyer” workshops conducted within Region 18and available through distance learning. Trainings will usually take place during the lunch hour and are open to superintendents, campus or district administrators, and school board members, or any other approved district employee of participating districts on school law matters.

    B.    Telephone consultation on general school law and special education matters at no charge to the district superintendent or other district staff designated by the superintendent.

    C.    The Underwood Law Firm will maintain a toll free number for all incoming calls at no cost to the district.

    D.    Emails and other correspondence from time to time, reflecting updates on legal matters of state-wide importance and application.

    E.    Additional legal services for the reduced fees of $220 per hour for shareholder work; $175 per hour for all other non-shareholder attorneys; $150 per hour for attorneys pending licensure; and $85 per hour for law clerks and/or paralegals (Regular Rate = $250 per hour).

    Fees:

    Eichelbaum, Wardell, Hansen, Powell & Mehl, P.C.
    $400 per district 


    Underwood Law Firm
    $400 per district