Elizabeth L. Sherwood
Beth Sherwood is a member of the Firm’s Education Practice Group and the Labor and Employment Practice Group. She advises independent schools, colleges, and universities on all aspects of school operations and employee matters.
Beth regularly partners with school leadership to address student and parent issues, including accommodating applicants, employees, and students with disabilities, hiring and managing faculty and staff, and risky terminations. She also assists clients with myriad governance and compliance documents such as student and employee handbooks.
Prior to joining the Firm, Beth was an associate at Murphy Hesse Toomey & Lehane, LLP, where she primarily represented public school districts before state and federal courts and in matters pending before or otherwise involving administrative agencies, including the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Unemployment Assistance, the Department of Children and Families, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. She advised clients on a wide variety of matters involving special education and general liability, investigated claims of discrimination and employee misconduct, drafted contracts, policies, school forms, and handbooks, and conducted trainings on various topics including civil rights, state and federal student privacy laws, student and employee discipline, and compliance with state and federal special education laws.
Previously, Beth worked as a public defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, litigating Care and Protection and Child Requiring Assistance cases on behalf of indigent clients before the Massachusetts Juvenile and Appeals Courts. As the trial and interlocutory appeals attorney, she was partially responsible for the father’s successful appeal in the Supreme Judicial Court case, Care and Protection of Walt.
Beth received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego, and her J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School. While in law school, she participated in a domestic violence and family law clinic and prosecuted criminal cases in the District Attorney’s Offices in Nashville, TN and San Francisco, CA.
- Vanderbilt Law School (2013)
- University of California at San Diego (2009)
U.S. District Court
Boston Bar Association