Lawyers who defend public shooting cases expect the Virginia Polytechnic Institute shooting victims or their families to sue their school, but say that such suits rarely prevail and that institutions can take steps to limit their liability exposure. Academic institutions in the post-Columbine era should have worst-case-scenario protocols that clearly identify lines of communication and procedures, says Mary Lynn Tate, counsel to the Appalachian School of Law, scene of a student shooting in 2002.
What Will Be the Legal Aftermath of Virginia Tech Shootings?
The National Law Journal
April 26, 2007
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