PROCEDURES FOR JOINING THE INDIANA SUPERINTENDENTS’ LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

The Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents serves as a collection agent for the Indiana Superintendents’ Legal Defense Fund. Any Institutional Representative of IAPSS is eligible to join the Indiana Superintendents’ Legal Defense Fund. The term of membership shall be for a period of one year commencing on July 1, 2016 and terminating on June 30, 2017. The purpose of the fund is to provide limited legal assistance to any member of the Fund who may desire legal advice concerning a professional problem involving the member’s relationship with his/her employers (school board members). The IAPSS cannot, under present tax laws, pay for legal services that will directly benefit an IAPSS member. The IAPSS Executive Director can give assistance to members involved in contract disputes with local boards of school trustees, but he cannot expend Association monies to pay for legal assistance in such disputes.

If you would like to participate in the Indiana Superintendents’ Legal Defense Fund, you will need to send a personal check for $20.00 made payable to the Indiana Superintendents’ Legal Defense Fund.

Participants in the Indiana Superintendents’ Legal Defense Fund are entitled to legal assistance as set forth in the Fund Agreement. The Fund may be used to pay for two (2) hours of legal assistance to Fund members. A Professional Assistance Committee, made up for Fund members, may authorize additional legal aid up to a maximum of $2,000 per case. The foregoing maximum is inclusive of the two (2) hours of initial legal consultation. In consideration for legal services, a Fund member who receives such legal assistance shall reimburse the fund for legal fees paid by the Fund if the amount settlement exceeds $10,000.00.

In conclusion, we strongly encourage Indiana public school administrators to join the Indiana Superintendents’ Legal Defense Fund. Each year we have superintendents who did not join the Fund, but who became involved in a contract dispute with his/her employer. We could not pay for legal assistance to help these non-members of the Fund. One can never be sure legal assistance will not be necessary. Participation in the Fund is like insurance, you want coverage when you need coverage. Why not join the Indiana Superintendents’ Legal Defense Fund Trust today?

Deadline for fund participation is December 10, 2016