Appel, Yost & Zee
William J. Zee is a partner of Appel, Yost & Zee. He serves as chair of the Education Law Group. Bill has represented public and private schools, intermediate units and higher education institutions throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey for the past 15 years. He spearheads the Education Group’s professional development and training initiatives, with a special focus on student services, trauma-informed and restorative practices, and public-school policy. For his work in trauma-informed policy, Bill was honored as one of American Lawyer’s 2021 Northeast Legal Trailblazers. Bill is frequently sought out to lecture locally and nationally on a wide range of school law, student service, and disability-related topics. Prior to entering private practice, Bill taught at the secondary level in the public schools in Philadelphia and New Jersey and in higher education at Eastern Michigan University and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He also served as a Dean in both admissions and academic affairs. He holds a B.A. from Rutgers, M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania, and J.D. from Villanova University. Bill is a servant leader on the board of directors for a number of community benefit organizations that are important to him, including the Touchstone Foundation, Aaron’s Acres, and the Lancaster Education Foundation. He also serves on the Diversity Committee for the Lancaster Bar Association. Bill was recently selected to serve as the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association Section 7 Director.