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12th ANNUAL SCHOOL ATTORNEY LAW CONFERENCE

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Climate Change:

Surviving Tsunamis, Hurricanes and APPR
Gain the knowledge and the tools
to help your school districts
weather the storms

May 31- June 2, 2013
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: $325
  • Nonmember rate: $375*
  • 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, 2013. After May 15, rooms will be on a space-available basis. For hotel reservations, call the Sagamore at 1-800-358-3585 or go to www.thesagamore.com. Please indicate that you
are attending the New York State Association School Attorneys Conference, reservation group code 51O31. (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 CLE CREDITS*
11 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 CLE credit hours in professional practice and 1 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 John J. Christopher, 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, New York State School Boards Association, at (800) 342-3360 or (518) 783-0200 or by email at jThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*Includes credit hours for attending Education Law Basics

Agenda

Friday, May 31, 2013
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
John J. Christopher, Esq., President, NYSASA
2:00 – 2:50 p.m
Cloud Seeding: Defending Education Law Section 310 Learn how to respond to Commissioner’s Appeals in a way that will maximize your client’s chances of success.
Kathy A. Ahearn, Esq.,
Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
2:50 - 3:40 p.m.

Greenhouse Gas: Review of Construction Contracts
Review the common forms used in connection with capital projects and how to protect your client against unreasonable risk.
Robert H. Cohen, Esq.,
Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
Joseph G. Shields, Esq.,
Partner, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, P.C.

3:40 - 3:50 p.m.
Break
3:50 - 4:40 p.m.

Protection Against Bad Weather: The Role of District Legal Counsel at CSE Meetings
Learn when a district should and should not have its attorney in attendance at a CSE meeting
and what the attorney should do before, during and after the meeting.
Michael K. Lambert, Esq.,
Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP

4:40 - 5:30 p.m.
Unexpected Storms at the Annual Meeting
Review the issues that frequently arise on Election Day and how to keep your client
on the right side of an Education Law Section 310 appeal.
Laura J. Granelli, 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
John J. Christopher, Esq., President, NYSASA
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
The Forecast from SED: SED’s Office of Counsel Update
Join us for the annual roundtable discussion about the State Education Department.

Richard J. Trautwein, Counsel and Deputy Commissioner
of Education for Legal Affairs, New York State Education Department
John J. Christopher, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP and President of the New York State Association of School Attorneys (NYSASA)
7:30 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own
Saturday, June 1, 2013
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

John J. Christopher, Esq., President, NYSASA
8:40 - 9:50 a.m.
Tsunami Alert: How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Public School Districts?
Learn about the changes facing school districts as a result of “Obamacare”.
John J. Christopher, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP; David S. Shaw, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
9:50 - 10:00 a.m.
Break
10:00 - 11:10 a.m.
How Big Must Your Umbrella Be? Addressing the Problem of Student Bullying
Discuss how far a district must and may go in its efforts to ensure that its schools are free from bullying.
Linda Bakst, Deputy Director of Policy Services, New York State School Boards Association; Amol Sinha, Esq.,
Director of the Suffolk County Chapter, New York Civil Liberties ; Jay Worona, Esq., General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association
11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Eye of the Storm: Education Law Section 3012-c: Lessons Learned and Where Do We Go From Here?
Review the issues encountered in the first year of APPR and how districts can use the lessons learned as we approach year two.
Erin M. O’Grady-Parent, Esq., Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP; Julie M. Shaw, Esq., Senior Associate, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP; Eric J. Wilson, Esq., Partner, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, P.C.
12:20 p.m.
NYSASA Annual Meeting for Members (with election of directors and officers)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (included with registration)
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Golf Tournament or Tennis (Weather permitting)
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Reception and Barbeque (included with registration)
Sunday, June 2, 2013
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

John J. Christopher, Esq., President, NYSASA
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Hurricane Warning: Dealing with Natural Disasters
Discuss lessons learned from SuperStorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters.
John P. Sheahan, Esq., Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP; Charles Szuberla, Jr., Assistant Commissioner, School Operations, New York State Education Department
9:50 - 10:40 a.m.
Where’s My Rainy Day Fund?
Review legal issues associated with districts on the brink of financial insolvency.
Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP; Christopher F. Venator, Esq., Partner, Ingerman Smith LLP
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.
Break
10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
Here Comes the Sun: Surviving the Split or Dysfunctional Board
Learn how to guide (and keep) the dysfunctional client in an ethical and professional manner.
Benjamin J. Ferrara, Esq., Partner, Ferrara, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, P.C.
Florence T. Frazer, Esq., Partner, Frazer & Feldman, LLP
11:50 a.m.
Adjourn

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