Lexington Office

230 Lexington Green Circle
Suite 605
Lexington, KY 40503
T: 859.899.8519
F: 859.899.8498
E: teresacombs@mrrlaw.com

TERESA T. COMBS

PARTNER


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Ms. Combs concentrates her practice in the area of school law, serving school districts as in-house and local counsel.  For the past 20 years, she has worked for districts across the Commonwealth of Kentucky as an attorney with the Kentucky School Boards Association where she advised every public school district in the Commonwealth concerning school law issues.  In her current practice, she spends the vast majority of her time presenting on school and personnel law to school board members and staff. Teresa particularly concerns herself with special education and disability law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504.  She has also served on numerous boards and committees concerning school and education-related matters.

For many years, Teresa has spent a significant portion of her career helping to effectuate federal and state policy that advances the cause of education and schools by testifying and commenting on proposed and pending law.


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • Kentucky Bar Association
    • Child Abuse and Protection Committee (2000-2003)
    • Education Law Section
      • Chair (1998-1999)
      • Vice Chair (1997-1998)
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Kentucky Department of Education
    • Special Education Regulations Advisory Committee (1999-2000)
    • Restraint and Seclusion Regulation Committee (2011-2012)
    • New Superintendent Training Committee (2010-2011)
    • Special Education General Supervision Workgroup (2007)
    • Assessment Options Committees (2006-2007)
    • Office of Special Instructional Services Advisory Committee (2003-2010)
    • Title IX Conference Planning Committees (2001-2002)
    • Special Education Monitoring Advisory Committee (2000)
  • Kentucky Administrators of Special Education
    • Executive Board Liaison (2003-Present)
  • Kentucky Center for School Safety
    • Annual Conference Planning Committee (2003)
  • Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
    • School Health Services Advisory Group (2008-2009)
  • Education Leaders Network (2013-present)
  • Kentucky Attorney General’s Office & Kentucky Child Now
    • I-Jam (internet safety) Conference Planning Committee (2008)
  • Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board
    • Special Education Teacher Preparation Workgroup (2012-2013)
    • Combating Inappropriate Student-Educator Relationships Task Force
      • Chair (2015-2016)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing
    • Insulin Administration in Schools Advisory Committee (2013)
  • Education Leaders Network (2013-Present)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church, Member
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Council for Exceptional Children, “Carl D. Perkins Contributor to Special Education Award” (2002)
PRESENTATIONS
  • “Bullying and Cyberbullying: School District Duties According to OCR,” National School Boards Association Council of School Board Attorneys Conference (2016)
  • “Serving Too Many Masters: Pushy Parents, Cash-Strapped School Districts, and Federal Agency Overreach,” DRI Civil Rights and Governmental Liability Conference (2016)
  • Teresa has also made hundreds of presentations concerning school and personnel law to school district staff across the Commonwealth.
  • She has also presented for the following organizations:
    • Kentucky Bar Association
    • Kentucky Department of Education
    • Kentucky Center for School Safety
    • Kentucky Attorney General’s Office
    • University of Kentucky
    • University of Louisville
    • Murray State University
    • Kentucky Council of Administrators of Special Education
    • Kentucky School Plant Management Association
    • Kentucky Association for Gifted Education
    • Kentucky Educational Development Corporation
    • Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative
    • Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative
    • Northern Kentucky Education Cooperative
    • Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative
    • West Kentucky Educational Cooperative
    • Green River Regional Educational Cooperative
    • Southeast/South-Central Educational Cooperative
ADMISSIONS
  • Kentucky Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
EDUCATION
  • J.D., 1983, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • B.A., 1980, Pikeville College
    • Valedictorian
  • A.A., 1978, Hazard Community College
    • Valedictorian