Jennifer K. Starlin


Jennifer K. Starlin joined Thrun Law Firm in 2010. She assists public school districts, intermediate school districts, public school academies, and community colleges with student issues, special education issues, and employment matters. She regularly provides general counsel and advice to public schools and municipalities. As a trial lawyer, Jennifer has defended clients in state and federal courts on a variety of student, employment, and civil rights matters. She has also represented clients in a number of special education administrative hearings and pupil accounting matters. Jennifer successfully represented a private client in an employment matter, achieving a large verdict in the trial court and a favorable decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals. She has also negotiated with state and federal agencies to assist public schools with compliance matters.
Jennifer frequently speaks on school law topics for individual public school clients and various associations, such as the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education, the Michigan Association of School Boards, and the Michigan School Business Officials.
She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in the state of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Jennifer is a member of the National and Michigan Councils of School Attorneys, the American Bar Association, and the Ingham County Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Council of School Attorneys.
Jennifer is an avid Michigan State University fan and enjoys traveling. She lives in Howell with her husband and son.

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Day 2
September 21, 2023
3:45 pm

The Law and Legal Issues Surrounding Transgender Staff and Students [DEI]

21 September
Time:  3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:  Tower A

Does a transgender student have the right to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender with which they identify? Can a teacher refuse to use a student’s preferred name or pronouns? This session will help administrators understand state and federal law and guidance and case precedent related to transgender staff and students. Takeaways: Participants will learn the current status of how civil rights laws apply to transgender students and staff and how to apply the law to common circumstances.

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