Erin Walz


Erin H. Walz joined the Thrun Law Firm in 2021 having practiced as an education and litigation attorney for 25 years in Michigan, Illinois and Arizona. Erin graduated from the Detroit College of Law in 1996, a member of the final class to come out of the College before it became a part of Michigan State University (n/k/a MSU College of Law). She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Erin advises schools in matters of board governance, student rights and discipline, special education, civil rights and employment. She represents school districts in contested matters in state and federal courts and agencies.

Erin is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. She is licensed in Michigan state and federal courts, as well as those in Arizona and Illinois.  She was an arbitrator for and vice-chair of the Arizona Bar Fee Arbitration program for many years.  She is a member of the National and Michigan Councils of School Attorneys. She volunteers her time to local community non-profits.

Erin lives in the Lansing area with her children and dogs.

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Day 2
January 25, 2024
3:15 pm

True Threat vs. Protected Speech: Student Discipline & the First Amendment [Teaching & Learning]

Richard A/B (Level 5)
25 January
Time:  3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:  Richard A/B (Level 5)

Discipline based on student speech is always a complicated and contentious issue, particularly when that speech is or implies a threat. Understanding the protections afforded to student speech and being able to distinguish “true threats” from objectionable but protected speech is more important than ever in this climate of school safety concerns. This session will cover the intersection of speech and student discipline on and off campus, including recent legal developments and common disciplinary mistakes.

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