David V. Abbott

Partner

David’s practice is focused on education and labor law.  As the Deputy Commissioner / General Counsel at the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), David was responsible for all elements of internal agency operations including legal compliance, civil rights, budget development and management, procurement and grants processes and labor relations.  Prior to RIDE, David was a highly respected federal and state court trial attorney.

EDUCATION

  • Vermont School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Received American Jurisprudence Award in Dispute Resolution
  • Rhode Island College, M.A., Educational Policy and Administration, GPA 4.0
  • University of New Hampshire, B.A. Environmental Conservation, minor in Education, cum laude

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

  • Rhode Island

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • WHELAN CORRENTE & FLANDERS LLP
    Partner (2017 – Present)
  • RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
    General Counsel / Deputy Commissioner (2001 – June, 2017)
  • ASQUITH, MAHONEY & ROBINSON
    Partner (1997 – 2001)
  • UPDIKE, KELLY & SPELLACY, P.C.
    Associate (1990 – 1993)

SPECIAL HONORS

  • Oversight Committee, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers (2014-Present)
  • Deputy’s Leadership Commission – Council of Chief State School Officers (2002-Present)
  • Executive Committee, North East & Islands Regional Education Laboratory (2003-2010)
  • Advisory Board, Center on Innovation & Improvement (2006-2012)
  • National Assessment Governing Board – Policy Task Force (2012-2015)
  • Facilitator – Harvard University Graduate School of Education – Critical Issues in Urban Special Education: High Stakes Assessment and Students with Disabilities (2000)
  • National Eagle Scout Association (1976–Present)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURESHIPS

  • Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education:  Basic Education Program Regulations (2010)
  • U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top Application (Co-author – 2010)
  • A Functionality Framework for Educational Organizations: Achieving Accountability at Scale in Data-Driven School Improvement: Linking Data and Learning; pp. 257 – 276 (E.B. Mandinach & M. Honey, eds., Teachers College Press, NY: 2008)
  • Bringing Measurement to District-Based Accountability: The Challenge for State Education Departments. Voices in Urban Education.  (No. 6) AISR (Winter 2005)
  • School Finance Litigation: The Viability of Bringing Suit in the Rhode Island Federal District Court, 5 Roger Williams L. Rev. 263 (2000)
  • Special Education Law for the New Millennium in Rhode Island (PDN:2000)
  • School Law in Rhode Island (NBI:1999)
  • Special Education Law in Rhode Island (MEDS:1999)
  • School Law in Rhode Island (NBI:1997)
  • School Law Issues in Rhode Island (NBI:1996)

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