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16th ANNUAL SCHOOL ATTORNEY LAW CONFERENCE

 

THE RACE for the SCHOOL HOUSE

An Informative Caucus on the Legal Issues Facing School Districts

June 3 - 5, 2016
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: $395
  • Nonmember rate: $445 - 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 20, 2016. After May 20, 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 NYSSA2016.

  • Per-night room rates, for single or double occupancy:
    • Lower Lodge Room: $209 • Walk-in Lodge Room: $229 • Lower Lodge Suite: $329
    • Walk-in Lodge Suite: $349 • Hotel Room Garden View: $309 • Hotel Room Lake View: $329 • Hotel Suite Garden View: $379 • Hotel Suite Lake View: $399

* 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.

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 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

NEW THIS YEAR

In response to member requests that our organization move in a “GREEN” direction, the 16th Annual School Attorney Law Conference will be “paperless.” Instead of receiving a traditional binder, attendees will receive a packet that includes the PowerPoint slides used during the presenters’ sessions. A few days prior to the seminar, we will send you an email that will include a direct link to download and preview the seminar materials in a printer-friendly format.

More Information
For more conference information, contact Joseph G. Shields, NYSASA President at (315) 437-7600 or 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: Kathy Ahearn, Guercio & Guercio, LLP Neil Block, Ingerman Smith, LLP

 

Agenda

Friday, June 3, 2016 - The Primaries
Noon - 1:00 p.m. NYSASA Board of Directors Meeting
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
Joseph G. Shields, Esq., President, NYSASA
2:00 – 3:05 p.m
That Is Classified: A Primer on Civil Service Rules and Regulations
Understand the intricacies of the Civil Service Law as it pertains to school employees.
Erin M. O’Grady-Parent, Esq., Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
Lawrence J. Tenenbaum, Esq., Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP
3:05 - 4:10 p.m.
School and the Transgender Student: The Campaign For Equality
Learn how federal and state law addresses the rights of transgender students.
Howard M. Miller, Esq., Partner, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
TBD, (Representative from the Office of Civil Rights)
4:10 - 4:20 p.m.
Break
4:20 - 5:30 p.m.
Raucous Caucus: Mock School Board Meeting
Join us at an interactive school board meeting and learn how to handle the unexpected.
Eric J. Wilson, Esq., Partner, Ferrara Fiorenza, P.C.
Jeffrey F . Swiatek, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP
Alyson Mathews, Esq., Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration for Main Conference
6:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Joseph G. Shields, Esq., President, NYSASA
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Crackerbarrel with SED Counsel Richard Trautwein
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
Kathy A. Ahearn, Esq., Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
Jay Worona, Esq., Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association
7:30 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - The Main Convention
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
Joseph G. Shields, Esq., President, NYSASA
8:40 - 9:50 a.m.
It Takes A Village: Working With the Police, CPS, Family Court and Other Enforcement Agencies
Review the legal relationship between schools and local authorities.
Michael K. Lambert, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
Robert H. Cohen, Esq., Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
9:50 - 10:00 a.m.
Break
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Read My Lips, No New Taxes: PILOT Agreements and Tax Certiorari Proceedings
Learn how to represent your school district in tax related matters.
Carrie-Anne Tondo, Esq., Partner, Ingerman Smith, LLP
Katherine E. Gavett, Esq., Partner, Ferrara Fiorenza, P.C.
11:00 - 11:10 a.m.
Break
11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Cruzing to A Win: How to Prepare For a Mediation and Fact Finding
Discuss how to succeed at impasse.
Jeffrey D. Honeywell, Esq., Partner, Honeywell Law Firm, PLLC
David S. Shaw, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
12:20 p.m.
NYSASA Annual Meeting for Members
Election of NYSASA Directors and Officers and other pertinent business.
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, June 5, 2016 - The Main Convention
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast (included with registration)
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Joseph G. Shields, Esq., President, NYSASA
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Re-count: Changes to APPR and What They Mean For Our Clients
Changes to APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review): Review recent amendments to the APPR and their implications.
Pilar Sokol, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association
9:50 - 10:40 a.m.
The Bully Pulpit: Implications of T.K. v. NYC Department of Education
Learn what the Second Circuit said about a school district’s responsibilities when students with disabilities are bullied.
Jacob S. Feldman, Esq., Partner, Frazer & Feldman, LLP
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.
Break
10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
The Board/Superintendent Relationship: Who Trumps Whom?
Examine the school attorney’s ethical considerations when the board and superintendent are at odds.
John H. Gross, Esq., Partner, Ingerman & Smith, LLP
Gary L. Steffanetta, Esq., Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
11:50 a.m.
Adjourn