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14th ANNUAL SCHOOL ATTORNEY LAW CONFERENCE

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Getting to the (Common) Core of the Issues

A Practical Guide to "High Stakes" School Lawyering

May 30 - June 1, 2014
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York
800.358.3585 or 518.644.9400

Presented by
The New York State Association of School Attorneys
in conjunction with

The New York School Boards Association

 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES
  • NYSASA member rate: $350
  • Nonmember rate: $400*
  • Golf: $100 per person includes greens fees and cart. Payable on site.

* Receive a $50 credit toward NYSASA membership if you join within 30 days of the conference.

LODGING • THE SAGAMORE

The The New York State Association of School Attorneys has reserved a room block at The Sagamore until May 15, 2014. After May 15, rooms will be on a space-available basis. For hotel reservations, call the Sagamore at 800.358.3585 or go to www.thesagamore.com. Please indicate that you are attending the New York State Association School Attorneys Conference, reservation group code 51O31e. (letter "O")

  • Per-night room rates, for single or double occupancy:

    Lodge Room: $225 • Hotel Room: $310
    Lodge Suite: $340 • Hotel Suite: $375

The Sagamore provides an 18-hole golf course, luxury spa, tennis courts, trails, boating, private beach, indoor/outdoor pools and a fitness center.

12.5 CLE CREDITS*
11.5 credit hours of Professional Practice
1 credit hours of Ethics
New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits: Application for accreditation of this course or program in New York is currently pending. If approved, this program may be eligible for 11.5 CLE credit hours in Professional Practice and 1CLE credit hour in ethics.

Important Notice: Partial credit for program segments not allowed.
Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot receive MCLE credit for a program segment unless they are present for the entire segment. Persons who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment will not receive credit for that segment.

Tuition Assistance: Application for tuition assistance to attend this program may be made based on financial hardship. under that policy, an applicant who has a genuine financial hardship may apply in writing not later than five working days prior to the program, explaining the basis of his/her hardship, and, if approved, may receive tuition assistance, depending upon the circumstances. For more details, please contact Michael K. Lambert, NYSASA President, at 845.468.4200, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Jay Worona, New York State School Boards Association, at 800.342.3360 or 518.783.0200 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Includes credit hours for attending Education Law Basics
More Information
For more information about the conference, visit www.nysasa.org, or contact Michael K. Lambert, NYSASA President at 845.486.4200 by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jay Worona, NYSSBA, at 800.342.3360 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Program Chairs: Robert H. Cohen, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP and Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Hodgson Russ, LLP

Agenda

Friday, May 30, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Registration - Education Law Basics and Main Conference
EDUCATION LAW BASICS - (1:50 - 5:30 p.m.)
1:50 - 2:00 p.m. Introduction and Welcome
Michael K. Lambert, Esq., President, NYSASA
2:00 – 3:05 p.m
Rotten to the Core: How to Handle a 3020a Proceeding
Learn how to prepare and prosecute 3020-a proceedings in a manner that will maximize your client’s chances of success.
Sara E. Visingard, Esq., Partner, Harris Beach, PLLC
Eric J. Wilson, Esq., Partner, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, P.C.
3:05 - 4:10 p.m.

Back to Basic Core Principles: A Primer on Taylor Law and Negotiations
Review the basics of Taylor Law negotiations and how they help or hinder in tough economic times.
Neil M. Block, Esq., Partner, Ingerman Smith, LLP
Norma G. Meacham, Esq., Partner, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP

4:10 - 4:20 p.m.
Break
4:20 - 5:30 p.m.

The Seeds of Trouble at an Executive Session
Review the issues that frequently arise during executive sessions of the board of education, including review of tenure recommendations and personnel files and the attorney’s role in this process.
Lawrence J. Tenenbaum, Esq., Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP
Michael D. Raniere, Esq., Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP

   
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration for Main Conference
6:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Michael K. Lambert, Esq., President, NYSASA
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
SED’s Office of Counsel Update
Join us for the annual roundtable discussion about the State Education Department.
Richard J. Trautwein, Esq., Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs, New York State
Education Department
7:30 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own
Saturday, May 31, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast (included with registration)
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
NYSASA Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 - 8:40 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Michael K. Lambert, Esq., President, NYSASA
8:40 - 9:50 a.m.
Nothing Common About It: Legal Issues Generated By APPR, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, RTTT and inBloom
Learn about the changes facing school districts as a result of federal and state initiatives to establish common learning and teaching standards, and how you can properly advise your clients in a legal landscape that appears to change from day to day.
Thomas M. Volz, Esq., Partner, Law Offices of Thomas M. Volz, PLLC
Kathy A. Ahearn, Esq., Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
9:50 - 10:00 a.m.
Break
10:00 - 11:10 a.m.
High Stakes Bargaining With No Chips at the Table
Discuss how to effectively bargain despite the presence of depleted reserves, a tax cap and the Triborough Amendment.
Richard K. Zuckerman, Esq., Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
John J. Christopher, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Removing the Bad Apples: Teacher Discipline and APPR
Discuss how APPR has changed established rules of teacher tenure and discipline, and how to formulate effective strategies to meet these new challenges.
Julie M. Shaw, Esq., Senior Associate, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
12:20 p.m.
NYSASA Annual Meeting for Members
Election of directors and officers; adoption of legislative agenda; demo Red Books on website
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch (included with registration)
1:45 - 3:345 p.m.
Golf Tournament or Tennis (Weather permitting)
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Reception and Barbeque (included with registration)
Sunday, June 1, 2014
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast (included with registration)
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
NYSASA Board of Directors Meeting
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Michael K. Lambert., President, NYSASA
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
New York State’s Two-Tier Special Education Due Process System: Broken at Its Core?
With pending federal court settlement in a major special education case and proposed legislation designed to enable IHO decisions to be considered final in the absence of timely SRO decisions, learn the fate of NYS’s two-tier system.
Ralph C. DeMarco, Esq., Partner, Keane & Beane, P.C.
Pilar Sokol, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association
9:50 - 10:40 a.m.
“Dear Colleague”: Apple Polishing the FEDS
Learn to interpret “Dear Colleague” letters from the OCR and the DOJ and how to best advise your clients on how to implement their guidance.
Andrew J. Freedman, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
Candace J. Gomez, Esq., Associate, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.
Break
10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
Hell No, We Won’t Go: “Opting Out” and the Ethics of the New Civil Disobedience
Discuss the legal and ethical considerations and conundrums facing school attorneys in advising their clients who may be sympathetic to the high stake testing “opt-out” movement.
John H. Gross, Esq., Partner, Ingerman Smith LLP
Gregory J. Guercio, Esq., Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
11:50 a.m.
Adjourn

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