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First question is "should I bring a lawyer with me to meeting?"
My answer to this one would be yes. The reason is that the "tone" 'of the email you received is somewhat hostile and ominous. It sounds like the supervisor has the "big fish in a small pond" syndrome and has taken offense that you didn't put their business ahead of everything else. A lawyer will serve as a neutral party that is generally regarded as a "bigger fish in both that pond and other ponds" and may back the supervisor down from an aggressive posture. PLus, he lawyer will be able to point out how, under the rules, you had an obligation to do your work and there was a limited time to perform that work. Likely the lawyer can glance through the various handbooks, policies, etc. and find language that excuses your behavior.
Plus, the lawyer acts as a held for you, they can allow and even persuade the supervisor to direct their anger toward the lawyer, or they system, or elsewhere other thna you.
2nd. Question What kind of lawyer do I need?
Look for a lawyer that does Employment Law, not School Lw. You can find one at www.lawyers.com, under the section for Area of Practice enter Employment Law and you should get a list.
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