Legal benefits overview
The OPTA Protection Program consists of the Educators Professional Liability Insurance Policy including Employment Rights coverage.
Highlights of the insurance policy include:
Note: Insurance coverage only applies to an insured’s activities that begin during the policy period.
Your professional liability insurance policy* includes:
Because the details of OPTA's liability insurance policy are published on OregonEducators.org, you know exactly the level of coverage provided. OPTA's underlying employment rights defense insurance is guaranteed to cover eligible costs, whether you win or lose.
Attorneys are bound by attorney-client confidentiality. They represent the client’s best interest, even if your conflict involves another OPTA member.
If you have a legal problem involving another OPTA member (such as another teacher or supervisor), you can rest assured. If attorneys are needed, each eligible member may retain a separate attorney from a panel approved by the insurance company. Each attorney is ethically bound to provide counsel in the best interest of his or her client. Legal costs for covered claims are simply paid through the insurance policy.
How were these attorneys and law firms selected?In collaboration with the insurance company, attorneys and law firms were selected using the following criteria:
Your attorney should:
Your attorney may:
As a party in a legal proceeding, it is beneficial for you to:
Once your representation by a private-practice attorney has concluded, we’ll send you a quality-control survey. We want your feedback. We will review it and act upon it as appropriate.
Our Educators Professional Liability Insurance Policy applies to occurrences during the policy period and activities of an insured that begin during the coverage period.
Except for criminal defense, only fees from attorneys and law firms approved by Scottsdale Insurance, may be covered. If members retain attorneys in private practice, they must comply with the claims procedure set forth by OPTA.*
If other insurance is available to you covering a loss also covered by this policy, then this policy shall apply in excess of and shall not contribute with such other insurance. Please notify any other potential insurance carriers of your claim.
View the entire details of the 2020-21 Educators Professional Liability Insurance Policy (effective September 1, 2020, through August 31, 2021).
*THE EDUCATORS PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE POLICY IS UNDERWRITTEN BY A CARRIER RATED A+ XV SUPERIOR BY A.M. BEST OFFERED THROUGH RT SPECIALTY, LLC. ALL COVERAGE IS SUBJECT TO THE EXPRESS TERMS OF THE MASTER INSURANCE POLICY ISSUED TO OPTA, LLC AND KEPT ON FILE AT THE OPTA STATE OFFICE. Coverage applies to an insured’s activities within his/her professional capacity and does not apply to activities that predate the coverage period. View insurance policy details here. Eligibility for OPTA membership benefits is contingent upon OPTA’s receipt of the entire annual membership dues amount for your appropriate membership category. A disruption in payments to an authorized payment plan may result in discontinuation of such benefits, including cancellation of insurance coverage for the entire membership year retroactive to Sept. 1 or your membership date. OPTA reserves the right to determine the appropriate membership category. The OPTA membership year runs from Sept. 1 to August 31.