Legal Counsel

Members Can Count on MASB's Legal Counsel

MASB’s experienced legal counsel provides board members and superintendents information regarding current school law, recent court decisions and Attorney General opinions. In addition, the Legal Department provides administrative support for the Council of School Attorneys and operates the Legal Trust Fund to assist school districts involved in litigation having statewide significance.

Brad A. Banasik, J.D., Legal Counsel/Director of Labor Relations & Policy

Brad grew up in Watervliet, Mich. and is a 1993 graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Education, majoring in History. He taught in the Berrien County Intermediate School District before receiving a Juris Doctor degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and admittance to the Michigan Bar in 1997.

Brad has been with MASB since May 1997; serving as Assistant Director of Policy Services until promoted to the position of Legal Counsel in September 1999. In 2009, he was appointed as Director of MASB’s Labor Relations Department in addition to his Legal Counsel position. And, he is program manager and secretary for the Michigan Council of School Attorneys.

Brad has also taught School Law graduate courses as an adjunct professor in Michigan State University’s College of Education and WMU’s Educational Leadership program.

Joel Gerring, J.D., Assistant Legal Counsel

Joel began his work with MASB as Assistant Legal Counsel in April 2014. He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Michigan, as well as a 2000 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law.

Joel’s background includes several years working as a medical malpractice litigation attorney. Additionally, he has served as an education policy analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives and as an Administrative Law Judge for the Michigan Administrative Hearing System, adjudicating unemployment matters. Since arriving at MASB he has assisted numerous districts with labor relation and contract matters, with specific “at the table” experience involving bargaining, mediation and fact finding.

Joel and his family reside in Williamston, where he is actively involved as a youth sports’ coach and serves as a member of the school board. 


Kacie Kefgen, J.D., Assistant Director of Labor Relations and Legal Services

Kacie serves as Assistant Director of Labor Relations and Legal Services at MASB, and she is licensed to practice law in Michigan. She graduated magna cum laude from the Michigan State University College of Law, where she was a full tuition scholarship recipient. She also holds a B.A., with honors, from MSU’s James Madison College. Before entering law school, Kacie worked for several years doing education policy work for Middle Cities Education Association and the Michigan House of Representatives.

Kacie assists board members and administrators with school law and labor law issues. She also serves as a chief negotiator for school districts that are bargaining contracts with their employee unions.

Kacie lives in East Lansing with her husband, son and cat. She serves on the City of East Lansing Housing Commission. She enjoys running, eating good food and traveling the world.