Lawrence J. Wadsack

Attorney at Law

Lawrence J. Wadsack

Lawrence J. Wadsack practices in the areas of governmental and public institutions law. He advises school districts and other public entities on open-meetings laws, the First Amendment, school and religion, student and employee dress codes, student discipline, search and seizure, administrative matters, and employee discipline and termination. He has dealt extensively with how social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter impact these areas of governmental entities, and their staffs and students.

Mr. Wadsack has conducted and prosecuted numerous administrative personnel hearings. He has litigated constitutional issues including speech and religious rights under the First Amendment, and due-process, equal protection, and search and seizure cases under the Fourth Amendment. In addition, he has defended negligence claims brought against schools and other public entities.

He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law.

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Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1997
  • Supreme Court of Missouri, 1996
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1997

Education & Academic Honors

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Saint Louis University, 1996
    Order of the Woolsack, 1996
    William Healy Scholar, 1993-1996
    Editor, Saint Louis University Law Journal, 1995
    Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards, 1993-1995
  • B.S., with honors, Criminal Justice, Truman State University, 1977

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Representative Clients

  • Rockwood School District
  • City of Festus, MO
  • Prosecuting Attorney, Weldon Spring, Missouri and Festus, Missouri

Recent Publications or News

  • Presenter, Student Discipline Issues, Missouri School Boards’ Association Conference, Fall 2015
  • “Guidance on the Administration of Student Discipline,” MASSP/MCCTA Fall Conference, 2015
  • “Trending Issues in Education Law 2014,” MASSP/MCCTA Fall Conference, 2014
  • Presenter, School Violence Issues, Missouri School Boards’ Association Conference, Fall 2012
  • “Legal and Ethical Issues for School Counselors Workshop,” Missouri School Counselor Association Conference, Fall 2011
  •  “Students 2011: Bullying, Smartphones, Sexting and More…,” Missouri School Boards’ Association Conference, Fall 2011
  • Presenter on First Amendment Rights, 2008
  • Presenter, School Law Seminars, 2005-2006
  • Facilitator, School Violence Prevention Summit, 2000
  • Note, The Plain Touch Doctrine and Confusion following U.S. v. Dickerson: The Terry Frisk Needs an Expansion, Saint Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 39, No. 3, Spring, 1995

Community Service & Awards

  • Board of Directors, Special Olympics Missouri, Endowment Fund, 2010-2014
  • Special Olympics Missouri, Board of Directors, 2007-2014
  • St. Louis Zoo Friends Association
  • Moolah Shriners, St. Louis, Missouri
  • The BackStoppers of St. Louis, Family Friend Committee, 2000-Present
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