Office of The General Counsel

Mission Statement

The Office of the General Counsel’s mission is to ensure that the Detroit Public Schools Community District is at all time accorded professional legal guidance and representation in furtherance of educational services to our school community and excellence in academics. The staff of the Office of the General Counsel stands committed to provide all manners of legal guidance, counsel and representation in the delivery of legal services to the District as a whole to minimize financial exposure, legal liability and the violation of individual rights. The Office of the General Counsel seeks to protect and defend the rights of District staff, students and the school community as it relates to the provision of educational services and employment consistent with District policies, procedures and local, state and federal law.

News & Updates

Graduation Ceremonies

As you plan for your upcoming graduation ceremonies, please be reminded that federal law and the US Constitution (1st Amendment) prohibit public schools from conducting graduation ceremonies at religious facilities. If you have any questions about the use of a facility, please contact the Office of General Counsel at (313) 873-4528.


As we approach the prom season, please be reminded that it is unconstitutional and contrary to DPS policy to ban same sex couples from attending the prom. You cannot attempt to circumvent the law or the District’s policy by requiring same sex couples submit advance requests or permissions slips unless such requirements are applied to all students. If you have questions about the District’s sexual harassment policies, please contact the Office of General Counsel at (313) 873-4528.


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