Plain wins East Greenwich school committee seat in special election

PROVIDENCE (Jan. 8, 2016) – Matthew R. Plain won a seat on the East Greenwich school committee during a January 5 special election to fill the vacancy of former member Clark Smith.

Plain grew up in East Greenwich and attended its public schools. Prior to attending Roger Williams University School of Law, he earned his Master’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a concentration on curriculum and instruction, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught 7th and 8th Grade in the North Carolina public schools for four years and has an Advanced Competencies Teaching License for Social Studies Education (Grades 6-12).

Plain is a partner in the firm’s Providence office. He advises public school boards and administrators on a myriad of education law issues, including special education, employment, student/staff discipline, government relations, contract law and constitutional law. Plain represents numerous schools in a variety of matters before state administrative agencies and state/federal courts. He regularly presents substantive seminars on legal issues affecting schools. Plain was recently named a 2015 Rhode Island Rising Star by Super Lawyers, marking the fifth time that he has been honored.

Plain has noted that his experience can help with the policy-making aspect of the school committee, but he also intends to lend his skills and experience to a myriad of issues to ensure a comprehensive approach.

Following the election, Plain publicly commented, “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve our community, and I’m looking forward to working with the other school committee members and our talented group of educators.”

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