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15th ANNUAL SCHOOL ATTORNEY LAW CONFERENCE

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ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL LAWYER REVIEW (A.P.L.R.)

Don’t Find Yourself in Need of a Lawyer Improvement Plan – Become a Highly-Effective School Attorney

May 29 - May 31, 2015
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: $375
  • Nonmember rate: $425 - Receive a $50 credit toward NYSASA membership if you join within 30 days of the conference.
  • Golf: 100 per person includes greens fees and cart. Payable on site.
LODGING • THE SAGAMORE

The The New York State Association of School Attorneys has reserved a room block at The Sagamore until May 15, 2015. 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 51Q4WD.

  • 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 Robert H. Cohen, NYSASA President, at 631.694.2300, 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 conference information, visit www.nysasa.org, or contact Robert Cohen, NYSASA President at (631) 694-2300 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: Joseph Shields, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett and Reitz, P.C. Beth L. Sims, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP

Agenda

Friday, May 29, 2015 - “Common Core Learning” for the New School Law Practitioner
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Registration - Education Law Basics and Main Conference
EDUCATION LAW BASICS
1:50 - 2:00 p.m. Introduction and Welcome
Robert H. Cohen, Esq., President, NYSASA
2:00 – 3:05 p.m
The Public’s Rating and Appeals Process – A Lesson Plan for Annual Meetings, Budget Votes and Board Elections
A school attorney’s guide on the nuts and bolts of the annual meeting. Ensure that your school district clients are properly noticing and conducting their annual meetings.
Mara N. Harvey, Esq., Counsel, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
Kate L. Hill, Esq., Associate, Harris Beach, PLLC
3:05 - 4:10 p.m.
How to Effectively Discipline Incorrigible (HEDI) Students
A review of the do’s and don’ts of student discipline. Learn how to prepare and effectively prosecute a student discipline hearing.
Carol A. Melnick, Esq., Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP
Michael D. Raniere, Esq., Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP
4:10 - 4:20 p.m.
Break
4:20 - 5:30 p.m.
Verifying the Students on Your Rosters – New Requirements in 2014-15
A detailed review of the recent changes to the Commissioner’s regulations and issues that frequently arise with student residency, registration and homeless students.
Craig M. Atlas, Esq., Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, PC
Wendy K. DeWind, Esq., Partner, Hogan, Sarzynski, Lynch, DeWind & Gregory, LLP
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration for Main Conference
6:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Robert H. Cohen, Esq., President, NYSASA
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Annual Professional Lawyer Review
Join us for a discussion of legislative trends and decisions which may impact your practice.
Richard J. Trautwein, Esq., Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs, New York State Education Department
Thomas M. Volz, Esq., The Law Offices of Thomas M. Volz, PLLC
Jay Worona, Esq., Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association
7:30 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - How Does the Law Really Measure up to the Legislature’s Objectives
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
Robert H. Cohen, Esq., President, NYSASA
8:40 - 9:50 a.m.
Rating the Law Itself: Is it effective or still developing? Will it get tenure? APPR/Teacher and Principal Evaluation Update 2015.
Comprehensive review of APPR and its implementation.
Pilar Sokol, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association
Julie M. Shaw, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
Norma G. Meacham, Esq., Partner, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP
9:50 - 10:00 a.m.
Break
10:00 - 11:10 a.m.
Benchmarks and Testing Managerial and Union Decisions: Recent NYS PERB rulings
Learn about recent PERB decisions that may affect your school district clients.
Monte Klein, Esq., Director, Office of Public Employment Practices & Representation, New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB)
Seth Agata, Esq., Chair, New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB)
11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
A Rubric for Avoiding Disability Based Discrimination Claims
A discussion of how to handle those who “opt-out” of work, the FMLA leave, the ADA and Fitness for Work.
Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP
Steven M. Latino, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
12:20 p.m.
NYSASA Annual Meeting for Members
Election of directors and officers; adoption of legislative agenda.
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch (included with registration)
1:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Golf Tournament or Tennis (weather permitting)
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Reception and Barbeque (included with registration)
Sunday, May 31, 2015 - Lessons from the Recent Past: Develop your Personal Lawyer Improvement Plan
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
Robert H. Cohen, Esq., President, NYSASA
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Studying Litigation Outcomes (SLO’s) — What can be learned from recent Education Law Section 3020-a Hearing Decisions?
Comprehensive review of recent 3020-a decisions and lessons learned to assist the practitioner in effectively prosecuting your next 3020-a.
Jeffrey D. Honeywell, Esq., Partner, Girvin & Ferlazzo, PC
Emily J. Lucas, Esq., Partner, Ingerman Smith, LLP
Christopher J. Clayton, Esq., Partner, Ingerman Smith, LLP
9:50 - 10:40 a.m.
Beyond Free Appropriate and “Highly Effective” Instruction — Defending special education impartial hearings on Prongs 2 & 3
Avoiding tuition reimbursement and attorneys’ fees liability when your client’s IEP is not defensible.
Ralph C. DeMarco, Esq., Partner, Keane & Beane, PC
Jerome D. Schad, Esq., New York State Impartial Hearing Officer
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.
Break
10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
TIPS” for Handling Ethical Boundaries and Difficult Adversaries – Ethics of School District Representation
A discussion on the legal and ethical considerations and conundrum facing school attorneys when dealing with difficult adversaries.
James P. Drohan, Esq., Partner, Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow, & Mayle, LLP
Gregory J. Guercio, Esq., Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
11:50 a.m.
Adjourn

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