Leslie R. Stellman

“My focus, as an experienced private sector employment attorney with over 30 years of experience in education law, is to work with school boards, colleges, and universities to effectively prepare their leaders to tackle the many problems facing their institutions. My success in both the private and public sectors reflects a deep understanding of the law and a commitment to solving clients' human resources challenges. I not only represent my clients. They learn from me so that, if my job is achieved, they have less of a need for lawyers.”

Professional Experience

A renowned education lawyer, Mr. Stellman is the author of three widely used textbooks on education law, as well as a professor at the Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Education and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. Stellman represents many of Maryland’s public school systems as well as the United States Naval Academy and the University of Maryland System. Mr. Stellman also represents many private employers in the areas of labor relations, employment discrimination, and wrongful discharge.

Personal Information


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude 1975
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A. 1972

Bar Admission

  • Maryland Bar 1975
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Eighth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Third Circuit, D.C. Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Les’ hobbies include horseback riding and playing the piano

Published Articles

  • The Top Ten Legal Issues Facing Community Colleges
  • Book: Co-authored Chapter 14 Religion and Law in Public Schools: History, Philosophy, Trends and Education Administration
    The “Tebow” Effect:  Religious Families’ Demands for Public School Services – Where is it Heading? (2017)
  • Book: Co-authored School Law: What Every Educator Should Know (Pearson, 2008)
  • Book: Teachers and the Law, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th editions (Allyn Bacon 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013)
  • Article: “Coping with Public School Employee Labor Relations: An Employer’s Perspective” (Journal of Law & Education, 1996)
  • Contributor: “No Child Left Behind Compliance Insider” (Thompson Publishing)
  • Regular presenter, Virginia Commonwealth University Educational Policy Institute annual conference
  • Authored briefs to the United States Supreme Court on education law issues

Additional Information

  • Board Member of the Education Law Association
  • Member: Education Law Association, Maryland State Bar Association — Labor & Employment Section
  • Council of School Attorneys of the National Association of Boards of Education, Chairman, Amicus Committee
  • Professor of School Law, Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Education
  • Morgan State University Community College Leadership Ph.D. program
  • Professor of School Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, 2009-2016
  • Member: Board of Directors of the Council of School Attorneys


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