Attorney Referral Program
During any calendar year (Jan. 1 — Dec. 31), eligible members, including, spouses, domestic partners, or dependent children are entitled to two, free 30-minute consultations with any Association-approved attorney.
Consultations are an opportunity to discuss a concern with an attorney, to consider options, and to determine if further legal services are recommended. The attorney does not draft or review documents during a consultation.
If after the consult(s) you decide additional services are needed, it is billed at the discounted program rate* — typically at a 30% discount to the participating attorneys’ normal fees. Program services encompass five “core” areas:
- Real Estate
- Wills & Estates
- Domestic Relations
- Consumer Protection (including bankruptcy)
- Traffic Violations
Participating attorneys are located throughout the state; therefore, you are not limited to the attorneys closest to you. Click here to download a listing of participating attorneys by county.
* The discounted program rate does not apply to the defense of criminal violations (other than the traffic matters), as well as business dealings and tax matters. | Page updated 08/29/2018
Educators Employment Liability Program Questions & Answers
The EEL Program is a professional liability insurance program that is provided by NEA as a benefit of membership and is underwritten by AIG Companies (AIG).
A. Educators Liability Benefit
Payment of the legal costs of defending civil proceedings (other than proceedings concerning Civil Rights) brought against you in the course of your work as an educator, and up to a $1,000,000 national limit* in damages assessed against you as a result of such proceedings. The policy provides up to a $300,000 national limit* worth of defense, settlements or judgments and other supplementary payments for proceedings concerning Civil Rights** as well as a $5,000 sub-limit for defense on Mold related claims. Coverage is subject to a $3,000,000 per occurrence limit regardless of the number of members involved in the occurrence.
B. Attorney Fees for the Defense of Criminal Proceedings**
Reimbursement for attorney fees and other legal costs up to $35,000 is available if you are charged with violating a criminal statute in the course of your employment as an educator and you are exonerated from the charges.
C. Bail Bond
Reimbursement up to $1,000 of bail bond premiums if you must post a bond as the result of an occurrence arising out of your employment as an educator. (The insurance company is not obligated to furnish the bond.)
D. Assault-Related Personal Property Benefit
Payment of up to $500 for damage to your personal property when caused by an assault upon you in the course of your employment. (Vehicles and school property are excluded.)
In your work as an educator you are frequently exposed to situations that may give rise to legal actions which can involve your personal liability. If a student or a student’s parents file suit against you, the EEL Program will provide you with insurance protection for the vast majority of cases. The program also reimburses you for damage to your personal property in assault-related incidents.
The EEL Program policy covers claims arising out of your covered acts which occur during the contract period, no matter when the claim is later made. Claims arising out of your covered acts, which occurred prior to September 1, 2007, would be covered by that prior year’s “occurrence” policy.
If you are an NEA active, educational support, life, student, substitute or retired member who is employed by an educational unit, you are automatically covered by the EEL Program.
The entire premium for the program is paid by the NEA.
Yes. Certain activities, which NEA members perform, are excluded. The following is a summary of some of the major activities that are excluded from coverage under the EEL Program. For further details, please consult your Certificate of Insurance brochure.
- Rendering, teaching or supervising medical services. Exceptions to these exclusions: (a) first-aid and regular nursing services rendered by a school nurse, or rendered by a certified health aide under the supervision of a school nurse, (b) physical, occupational or psychological therapy or treatment rendered by an appropriately licensed or certified practitioner, (c) the administration of oral prescription medicine to a student at the express request of his or her supervisor or at the written request of a student’s parents, (d) emergency first-aid services when a school nurse or other medically trained person is not readily available, and (e) health care services provided to a student who is designated disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act when expressly required by the employer and approved in writing by a student’s parents.
- Operating vehicles. (Note: Driver training instructors are covered while riding as passengers, and vocational education instructors are covered for their activities during school shop classes. In addition, coverage is provided for the loading and unloading of school buses.)
- Selling or distributing products, including food and beverages. (Note: Home economics teachers are covered for their classroom and laboratory teaching activities and for the sale of products prepared in the classroom. Cafeteria workers are covered for their food preparation and distribution activities.)
- Law enforcement activities, except for those of a security guard.
- Using or supervising the use of firearms, except where this activity involves the use of physical restraint in defending yourself or school property.
No. The program provides coverage for educational employment activities on and off school grounds including, for example, school-sponsored athletic events, laboratory experiments, shop training, field trips in the U.S. and abroad, and after school clubs. Educational employment activities are those duties that you perform pursuant to the express or implied terms of your employment for an educational unit.
Yes. Attorney fees and court costs up to the maximum of $35,000 will be reimbursed when the costs are incurred in the defense of a criminal proceeding arising out of your educational employment activities. In most cases, you will be reimbursed only if the proceeding is dismissed or you are exonerated. If, however, the proceeding arises out of an incident involving the administration of corporal punishment, the program will provide reimbursement, regardless of the outcome.
Yes. Defense, settlements** or judgments** and court costs up to a maximum of $300,000 will be provided when incurred in the defense of an action arising out of your educational employment activities and alleging a violation of another person’s civil rights.
No. Another NEA-sponsored program, the Kate Frank-DuShane Unified Legal Services Program, provides coverage for these types of cases. For more information, contact your local association UniServ Office or the headquarters of your state association.
Yes. “Excess” is a general insurance term that means insurance benefits become available to you only when other sources of insurance are exhausted. For example, if your school district provides professional liability coverage for you in some of the same areas as does the EEL Program, the EEL Program would not provide benefits until the school district’s coverage is exhausted.