Denver ranks among the fastest-growing metroplexes in the country, only increasing competition in local elementary, middle, and high schools and universities. Students attending these schools are faced with daily challenges, and the slightest of mistakes can have life-changing consequences.
If you or your student is facing potential discipline or other events that could negatively affect their future, a student defense advisor serving the Denver metro area can help. The Lento Law Firm specializes in student defense, and we have the experience and resources to find a resolution that you or your student can feel good about.
You must realize that no matter your relationship with your school to date, that school's representatives are not beholden to you or your child. The school has a duty of responsibility to one party—the school.
Retain an attorney-advisor who is unquestionably on the student's side. Contact the Lento Law Firm today.
Denver Metropolitan Area - Aurora, Lakewood, and Nearby Cities
Our firm understands the great need for student defense in the Denver metro area, and we're here to serve you or your student. If your student defense issue is occurring in a locale outside of the Denver metro area, we can help as well.
Students in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, and other nearby communities face the same challenges as students across the nation. From a hyper-competitive, results-focused academic climate to the risk-taking nature of being a young person, few students make it through school without some sort of disciplinary hiccup or academic challenge.
Students in the Denver metro area also face unique challenges. The appeal of close-by, freshly fallen powder might make a student more likely to cut class—perhaps regularly—to go skiing or boarding. Vibrant nightlife can be counterproductive for university students acclimating to true independence. The state's allowance of recreational cannabis may send mixed signals to students, leading to conflict between state law and school policy.
In addition to Denver, Aurora, and Lakewood, our firm serves the communities of:
- Fort Lupton
- Castle Rock
The metro areas of Boulder and Colorado Springs spill into the Denver metro area. If you or your student need the help of an attorney-advisor in any of these metro regions, attorney Joseph D. Lento can assist you.
Our team wants to hear about the details of your student defense issue. Whatever those details are, we're confident that we can help.
Schools in the Denver Metro Area that the Lento Law Firm Knows and Serves
With a population that hovers around 3 million people, the landscape of schools in the Denver area is abundant and diverse. From public elementary schools to elite prep high schools and universities, there is a spot in the classroom for every student in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, and nearby cities.
Some of the specific schools that our firm is familiar with include:
Colleges and Universities in the Denver Metro Area
College life in Denver offers a mix of academics, outdoor excursions, and rich social scenes that few other metroplexes can offer. Juggling all that Denver has to offer can be tricky and may even spell trouble for many students.
Our firm can help you resolve academic, behavioral, or other kinds of issues if you're attending:
- University of Denver
- MSU Denver
- University of Colorado - Denver
- Regis University
- Colorado Christian University
- Colorado State University - Global Campus
- Platt College
- Metropolitan State University of Denver
These are only some of the largest universities in the Denver metro area. If you need a student defense attorney-advisor and you attend a university not listed here, the Lento Law Firm is still the one to call.
Graduate and Specialty Collegiate Programs
Countless students flock to the Denver area each year for a unique graduate school experience or to study at a school that specializes in certain trades and professions. Some of the graduate and specialty programs the Lento Law Firm knows include:
- All University of Denver Graduate Programs
- All UC-Denver Graduate Programs
- Colorado School of Mines
- Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
- Denver College of Nursing
- Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology
- Lincoln College of Technology
- Concorde Career Institute
- Pima Medical Institute - Denver
- Pima Medical Institute - Aurora
- Colorado School of Trades
We don't claim to know of every graduate program or school in the Denver area, but we do serve every student in the Denver metro area. Even if your program is not listed here, our team will seek a positive outcome to the problems you're facing.
A single error could dash all the work you've done to reach graduate school or a specialty program. We'll work hard to ensure that all your effort is not lost.
K-12 Private Schools
As you may have already found out, even elementary and high school students can find their futures in jeopardy when a Denver-area school decides to slam the disciplinary hammer. Academic and disciplinary challenges in K-12 private schools are serious, and our team can represent you or your student who is attending:
- The Denver Waldorf School
- Accelerated Schools
- Colorado Academy
- Denver Academy
- St. Mary's Academy
- Prospect Ridge Academy
- Dawson School
- Regis Jesuit High School
- Valor Christian High School
- Denver Jewish Day School
- Tara Performing Arts High School
- Watershed School
- Mile High Academy
- Bishop Machebeuf High School
- Kent Denver School
- Denver Christian School
- Change Christian Academy
- Beth Jacob High School
- Rock Solid Christian Academy
- Montessori School of Denver
- Annunciation Catholic School
- International School of Denver
- Fusion Academy Denver
- Evergreen Country Day School
- Annunciation Catholic School
- Aspen Academy
- Havern School
- Humanex Academy
- Graland Country Day School
- Stanley British Primary School
- Any other private elementary, middle, or high school in the Denver metro area
Young people deserve leniency. Our team will work to ensure that your student receives the compassion and due process that every young person should be entitled to.
K-12 Public Schools
Students in public school can feel like just a number, especially when they face discipline, unfair grading practices, or other challenges. Our team will serve as your student's advocate when dealing with a K-12 public school in the Denver metro area, including:
- Cherry Creek High School
- Stargate Charter School
- Fairview High School
- Montessori Children's House of Denver
- D'Evelyn Junior-Senior High School
- Grandview High School
- Peak to Peak Charter School
- Rock Canyon High School
- Byers High School
- East High School
- Montview High School
- Monarch High School
- Denver School of the Arts
- Challenge School
- Lakewood High School
- Mountain Vista High School
- Any other public elementary, middle, or high school in the Denver metro area
There are many public schools in the Denver metro area, and our firm defends students attending all of them.
We Can Help With Any Academic or Non-Academic Student Issue
Being a student means facing a never-ending slew of rules. Some rules apply in the classroom, while others apply on school grounds. Especially for university students, certain rules govern behavior anywhere during someone's time attending the school.
Whether you or your student are dealing with the fallout of academic hardship or are facing allegations of academic or non-academic misconduct, our firm is in familiar territory.
Academic Progression Issues
There are many possible explanations for academic hardship. Perhaps you've spent more nights watching the Broncos or Nuggets than studying (you're not the first), or maybe you've had legitimate personal troubles that have interfered with your academics. Maybe you're just having difficulty adjusting to a rigorous academic curriculum.
Whatever your story is, there is a path to minimize the adverse consequences of poor academic performance. Each school has its own policies on academic progression. Some schools express understanding for academic hardship, as policies at MSU of Denver “recognize that there are times in each person's life when meeting academic and professional standards may be difficult.”
Nevertheless, these schools have decisions to make when a student struggles. At Denver University, graduate and undergraduate sub-committees are designated “to ensure satisfactory progression toward degree.”
These are the kinds of committees we can deal with for you. We may also negotiate a resolution with a school's Office of General Counsel (OGC) or other authorities. With our firm leading the way, you may avoid:
- A failing grade
- A failed semester
- Academic probation
- Academic suspension
- Dismissal due to poor academic performance
We want to help you overcome any pending sanctions but can also help if you've already been hit with these kinds of consequences.
Academic Misconduct Allegations
Most K-12 schools and universities in the Denver metro area will have an academic integrity policy like Regis University's. This policy “prohibits cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, collusion and other forms of academic misconduct.”
Students who engage in academic misconduct may do so intentionally or unintentionally. In some cases, a professor might perceive academic misconduct that has not actually occurred. In any case, the consequences of alleged academic integrity violations can be monumental.
Behavioral Misconduct Allegations
Every school in the Denver Metro area requires certain behavioral expectations of students. Even schools that encourage fearless individuality, like Denver School of the Arts, require:
- Respect for others' thoughts and ideas
- Respectful behavior in a classroom setting
- Students to refrain from fighting and bullying
- Basic standards of behavior that all schools generally expect of students
When students violate behavioral standards at the Denver School of the Arts, the school has some discretion regarding how to issue discipline. Because you may not know what to expect from a given school's disciplinary process, having an experienced attorney-advisor is essential.
Our legal team can accompany you or your student to any disciplinary hearings ahead. If an appeal becomes necessary, we'll handle that process, too.
Title IX Allegations
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federally enforced policy that governs all schools, including K-12 schools and universities, that receive federal funding. The policy generally covers acts of “Sex Discrimination”, but may apply when a student is accused of:
- Unwanted touching
- Sexual advances without consent
- Sexual harassment
- Gender-based exclusion
- Other forms of gender-based mistreatment
While Title IX applies to all students, those in positions of authority—resident advisors (RAs) and teachers' assistants, for example—may be more likely to face certain allegations governed by Title IX.
A Title IX Coordinator handles alleged violations at each compliant school. If your student is the subject of a Title IX allegation, potential sanctions include dismissal and long-term suspension. Either of these outcomes can be immensely damaging to their education and reputation.
The Lento Law Firm can lead you or your student through every step of the Title IX disciplinary process, which is subject to change.
Why Hiring an Experienced Student Attorney-Advisor Is Always in a Student's Best Interests
We live in a time when many applicants are vying for prized entry into preparatory schools, universities, graduate schools, and job markets. The slightest demerit on a student's academic or behavioral record can be more damaging than it was in the past.
Even if you're aware of the stakes of a student defense issue, you must still secure an outcome that protects you or your student. This is where the Lento Law Firm delivers value.
Our firm provides nationwide student defense services—it's our foremost priority and specialty. This experience and knowledge of student defense means:
- We understand how to work with schools (at least initially) rather than taking an adversarial approach that could harm the student's case for leniency
- We can negotiate directly with the school's Office of General Counsel (OGC), which may offer an efficient resolution to the problem
- We're familiar with the culture, schools, and many of the disciplinary processes in the Denver metro area
We have the in-house resources, background, and compassionate approach that students need and deserve. Let us fight for you or your child.
Call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686 to discuss your case. You may also submit case details online.