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NYSASA Conference Agenda (PDF)

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18th ANNUAL SCHOOL ATTORNEY LAW CONFERENCE

LET'S GO TO THE MOVIES: MYSTERY, INTRIGUE, FAMILY & COMEDY

Avoiding and addressing horror and drama while sorting through
plots and characters in the practice of School Law

June 1 - 3, 2018
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York
Reservations: 866.384.1944 or 518.644.9400

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

The New York State School Boards Association

 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES

Conference Registration Deadline: May 18, 2018
Refunds will not be granted for cancellations received after May 18, 2018. All cancellations must be made in writing to the New York State School Boards Association. No-shows will be billed at the full registration fee.

Conference Registration Fees:
NYSASA Member Rate: $415 Nonmember Rate: $470*
Fees include refreshment breaks, two breakfasts, lunch, reception, Saturday barbecue and materials, and a non-refundable $75 administrative fee. *Receive a $55 credit toward NYSASA membership if you join within 30 days of the conference. Contact Greg Guercio, Treasurer of NYSASA, at 516.694.3000 for more details.

You may also register guests/spouses/child(ren) at a participant rate, which includes meals only. No program or materials will be provided to guests.

Guest Rate

  • Adult (18+ years): $220
  • Teenager (13 –18 years): $142
  • Child(ren) (3 – 12 years): $37
  • Child(ren) (Under 3 years): $0

There is no additional fee required for attending the “Education Law Basics” portion of the conference (Friday, June 1, from 1:50 – 5:30 p.m.). Please indicate on your online registration form if you plan on attending this portion of the conference.

Reminder:
The Conference will be “paperless.” Attendees will receive a packet with each presenter’s PowerPoint. Prior to the seminar, you will receive an email with a direct link to download and preview the seminar materials in a printer-friendly format. Free WiFi will be provided at the conference site.

LODGING • THE SAGAMORE

The New York State Association of School Attorneys has reserved a room block at The Sagamore until May 1, 2018. Reservations will continue to be accepted after this date, at prevailing room rates, subject to availability. Dependent upon demand, rooms may become unavailable prior to May 1, 2018.

A credit card is required to confirm each reservation. A non-refundable $35 processing fee will be charged at the time of booking. The balance of the stay will be charged to the card on file 14 days prior to the arrival date. For cancellations more than 14 days prior to arrival, the $35 processing fee will be forfeited. For cancellations less than 14 days prior to arrival, the total amount will be forfeited. For no shows on the scheduled arrival date, reservations will be cancelled and the amount collected will be forfeited.
Per-night room rates,* for single or double occupancy:

  • Lower Lodge Room: $229 • Walk-In Lodge Room: $249 • Lower Lodge Suite: $349
  • Walk-In Lodge Suite: $369 • Hotel Room Garden View: $329 • Hotel Room Lake View: $349
  • Hotel Suite Garden View: $399 • Hotel Suite Lake View: $429

*These rates are subject to a taxed resort fee of $20 per room per day, as well as 7% state and local taxes and 4% Warren County Occupancy Tax.

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**
10.5 credit hours of Professional Practice
1.0 credit hour of Ethics
1.0 credit hour of Diversity, Inclusion, Elimination of Bias
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 10.5 CLE credit hours in Professional Practice, 1.0 CLE credit hour in Ethics, and 1.0 CLE credit hour in Diversity, Inclusion, Elimination of Bias.

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 either Jeffrey F. Swiatek, NYSASA President, at 716.856.4000 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Jay Worona, NYSSBA, at 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, contact Jeffrey F. Swiatek, NYSASA President, at 716.856.4000 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Jay Worona, NYSSBA, at 518.783.0200 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Program Chairs:
Beth L. Sims, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
Pilar Sokol, New York State School Boards Association

 

Agenda

Friday, June 1, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. NYSASA Board of Directors' Meeting
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Registration for Education Law Basics and Main Conference
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration for Main Conference
EDUCATION LAW BASICS
1:50 - 2:00 p.m. Introduction and Welcome
Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Esq., President, NYSASA
2:00 - 3:05 p.m
“The Breakfast Club” (Universal Pictures) – Student Searches
What can districts do when a screw falls out of the fire door and students don’t voluntarily empty their bags? Revisit the options when misconduct calls for searching a student’s property or person.
Thomas M. Volz, Esq., Law Offices of Thomas M. Volz, PLLC
Heather M. Cole, Esq., Partner, Ferrara Fiorenza P.C.
3:05 - 4:10 p.m.
“Coming to America” (Paramount Pictures) – Student Enrollment
Join us for a discussion of the practical challenges involved in verifying that students belong in a school district while abiding by New York State and Federal laws.
Christie R. Jacobson, Esq., Associate, Frazer & Feldman, LLP
Marnie E. Smith, Esq., Partner, Harris Beach PLLC
4:10 - 4:20 p.m.
Break
4:20 - 5:30 p.m.
“Forrest Gump” (Paramount Pictures) – Special Education
Educating students with disabilities is not like a box of chocolates where you don’t know what you are getting. From child find to placements, learn what districts are doing right and what can be better.
Carol A. Melnick, Esq., Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP
Tara L. Moffett, Esq., Partner, Girvin & Ferlazzo, PC
6:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Esq., President, NYSASA
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Cracker Barrel - A Conversation with SED Counsel
Learn what the counsel to the State Education Department sees as the issues that school attorneys will need to address in the year ahead.
Alison Bianchi, Esq., Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs, NYS Education Department
Jay Worona, Esq., Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association
7:30 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own
Saturday, June 2, 2018
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 (if necessary)
8:30 - 8:40 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Esq., President, NYSASA
8:40 - 9:30 a.m.
“Horrible Bosses” (New Line Cinema) – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Review the latest developments in this area. Explore how school attorneys can help districts better prevent, identify, investigate and promptly resolve incidents of sexual harassment of their staff.
Frank W. Miller, Esq., The Frank W. Miller Law Firm
James (Jay) E. Girvin, Esq., Partner, Girvin & Ferlazzo, PC
9:30 - 9:40 a.m.
Break
9:40 - 10:30 a.m.
“She’s Having a Baby” (Paramount Pictures) and Other Related Storylines – FMLA, the ADA and N.Y.’s Paid Family Leave Act
In a return appearance, hear seasoned attorneys discuss what lies at the intersection of these three laws. Learn how to handle the demands of each to avoid disability discrimination claims.
Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP
Steven M. Latino, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
10:30 - 11:20 a.m.
“Firewall” (Warner Bros.) – Protecting School District Data and Responding to Data Breaches
Computer firewall barriers protect the privacy of electronic data. Explore what can be done to avoid/minimize a firewall failure. Examine a school district’s options if a security breach occurs.
David M. Pellow, Esq., Labor Relations Specialist, Madison-Oneida BOCES
11:20 - 11:30 a.m.
Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
“Clueless” (Paramount Pictures) – Diversity/Inclusion/Discrimination in the Practice of Law
Personal assumptions about others affect how we relate to them, including colleagues, clients and court staff. Learn how to identify, correct and avoid implicit bias in the practice of law.
Alyson Matthews, Esq., Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
Joseph G. Shields, Esq., Partner, Ferrara Fiorenza P.C.
12:20 - 12:45 p.m.
NYSASA Annual Meeting for Members
Election of NYSASA Directors and Officers and approval of NYSASA’s Legislative Agenda
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch (included with registration)
1:45 - 6:30 p.m.
Take advantage of resort activities
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Reception and Barbeque (included with registration)
Sunday, June 3, 2018
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast (included with registration)
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Groucho Marx Explains – Contracts and the Collective Bargaining Landscape
Funny or not, hear seasoned attorneys share their expectations for bargaining this coming year. How might the new 180 instructional days rules, ESSA, the Janus case and other trends affect this landscape?
David S. Shaw, Esq.,
Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
Emily J. Lucas, Esq.,
Partner, Ingerman Smith, LLP
9:50 - 10:40 a.m.
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (Paramount Pictures) – Student Disciplinary Hearings
View a mock student disciplinary hearing and learn how to stay one step ahead of misbehaving students and their lawyers. Review recurring errors and how to avoid them.
Laura J. Granelli, Esq.,
Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP
Erin M. O’Grady-Parent, Esq.,
Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
Andrew J. Freedman, Esq.,
Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP
Michael D. Raniere, Esq.,
Counsel, Ingerman Smith, LLP
Michael G. Vigliotta, Esq.,
Partner, Law Offices of Thomas M. Volz, PLLC
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.
Break
10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
“The Lincoln Lawyer” (Lionsgate) – Ethics
What happens when privileged communications are made public? Are privileged and confidential communications different? Exactly what is protected? Whose side are you on as an attorney?
Gregory J. Guercio, Esq., Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
Jeffrey D. Honeywell, Esq., Partner, The Honeywell Law Firm, PLLC
11:50 a.m.
Adjourn

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