Roy Henley


Roy H. Henley joined Thrun Law Firm in 1993 after serving as an assistant prosecutor. Roy has practiced primarily in the areas of litigation, labor and employment, special education, construction, and general school law. Mr. Henley received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team and a winner of the Dunmore Distinguished Advocate Award. Before attending law school, he graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, where he received Class Honors.

As a litigator, Roy has first chaired various labor, employment, construction, special education, and civil rights disputes on behalf of public school and higher education clients at all state and federal court levels, the State Tenure Commission, in the Michigan Administrative Hearing System, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, and in arbitration and mediation. In a manner consistent with the philosophy that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, he provides counsel in the listed practice areas and in general school law. Roy has also drafted and negotiated contracts and other agreements which further the goals of Michigan public educational entities.

Roy is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and all other state and federal courts having jurisdiction in Michigan. He is a member in good standing of the National Council of School Attorneys, the Michigan Council of School Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the Michigan State Bar Association, and the Ingham County Bar Association.

He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a wide variety of school law topics for organizations including the Michigan Council of School Attorneys, the Michigan School Business Officials, the Michigan Association of School Administrators, and the Michigan Association of Schools Boards. Roy also coauthored, with Kirk C. Herald, a revised chapter in the National School Boards Association book entitled Religion and the Public Schools: Striking a Constitutional Balance (3d Ed).


Roy lives in the Lansing area with his wife and sons.

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Day 2
January 25, 2024
10:30 am

HOT TOPIC: School Law Update [Teaching & Learning]

Brule A/B (Level 5)
25 January
Time:  10:30 am - 11:45 am
Location:  Brule A/B (Level 5)

This session will provide a brief overview on a broad range of legal developments, including recently enacted laws, significant court decisions, and other critical guidance impacting school districts. Thrun attorneys will cover a broad range of school law subjects. Noteworthy pending legislation will also be covered to help district leaders stay ahead of the game and aware of proposed changes to the law before such laws are enacted.

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