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"Be Our Guest! A Taste of School Law"

May 31 - June 2, 2024
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York

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

The New York State School Boards Association


Conference Registration Deadline: May 17, 2024
Refunds will not be granted for cancellations received after May 17, 2024. 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.

For cancellations or registration modifications, please email Tami Beaudette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "NYSASA 2024 Registration."

Conference Registration Fees:
NYSASA Member Rate: $495 Nonmember Rate: $560*
Fees include refreshment breaks, lunch on Saturday, the Saturday evening barbecue and materials, and a non-refundable $75 administrative fee. *Receive a $65 credit toward NYSASA membership if you join within 30 days of the conference. Contact Larry Tenenbaum, Esq., Treasurer of NYSASA, at 516.746.8000 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): $243
  • Teenager (13 –18 years): $169
  • Child(ren) (6 – 12 years): $79
  • Child(ren) (3 – 5 years): $41
  • Child(ren) (Under 3 years): $0

There is no additional fee required for attending the “Education Law Basics” portion of the conference (Friday, May 31, from 1:50 – 5:40 p.m.). However, please indicate on your online registration form if you plan on attending this portion of the conference.

Conference Materials:
A few days before the conference a link to download and preview the conference materials will be emailed to you. Free Wi-Fi will be provided at the conference site.


NYSASA has reserved a room block at The Sagamore until April 28, 2024. Everyone must be registered for the conference before a room can be booked. A computer-generated registration confirmation will be emailed after each registration is completed. It will include lodging information. To secure the negotiated rate, all room reservations must be made by the reservation cut-off date of April 28, 2024. After the cut-off date, reservations will be accepted based upon availability and at the prevailing rate. Note: dependent upon demand, rooms may become unavailable prior to April 28, 2024.

A credit card is required to confirm each reservation. A nonrefundable $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.

Based on the type and the location of the guest room, the rates for lodge rooms or suites and hotel rooms or suites range from $279 to $459 per night for single or double occupancy. 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. For each additional person (over two people) ages 13 and up sharing a room, there will be an additional room charge of $30 per person per day.

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

9.5 credit hours of Professional Practice
1.0 credit hour of Ethics and Professionalism
1.0 credit hour of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits: This program is approved for 11.5 CLE credit hours (9.5 in Professional Practice, 1.0 in Ethics and Professionalism and 1.00 credit hour of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias). The content is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Important Notice: Partial credit for program segments not allowed. 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, 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 information about the conference, visit, or contact Melina Breig, Executive Assistant to Jay Worona at 518.783.3773 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Program Planning Committee:
Heather M. Cole, Esq., Ferrara Fiorenza PC
Christie R. Jacobson, Esq., Frazer & Feldman, LLP


Friday, May 31, 2024
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
1:50 - 2:00 p.m. Introduction and Welcome
Alyson Mathews, Esq., 
President, NYSASA
2:00 - 3:05 p.m.
"Line Warming”
Best practices for school attorneys supporting their school district clients during the annual meeting and general election, as well as at any special meetings/referenda. Discussion will include the new requirements for early mail voting.
3:05 - 4:10 p.m.
"Full-Course Meal”
Improper Practice Charges from Start to Finish:  What might suggest a Charge is about to be filed? What must happen when a Charge is received? Includes discussion of how to defend against a Charge throughout the hearing process.
4:10 - 4:20 p.m.
4:20 - 5:30 p.m.
“Value Meal”
The attorney and the business official partnership:  piggyback purchasing, competitive bidding, contract review, and other ways to strengthen the relationship between general counsel and the business office.
6:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Alyson Mathews, 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.
Daniel Morton-Bentley, 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 1 , 2024

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration for Main Conference
8:30 - 8:40 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Alyson Mathews, Esq.,
President, NYSASA
8:40 - 9:30 a.m.
“Chef’s Table”
Observe a mock tabletop data breach exercise in which stakeholders including the school attorney to the information technology director, assess the facts and determine the appropriate response.
9:30 - 9:40 a.m.
9:40 - 10:30 a.m.
“Kid’s Menu”
Imposing discipline on students receiving special education services: What constitutes a disciplinary chance in placement, how is the “10-day rule” applied, and what needs to happen prior to the 11th day?
10:30 - 11:20 a.m.
“Passing the Inspection”
Student and staff health and safety is paramount.  How are Workplace Violence Prevention Plan, School Safety Plans, District Safety Plan, and other mandatory health and safety protocols implemented,  when do and how do they overlap?  Discussion will include labor relations concerns and other existing procedures such as reporting workplace injuries.
11:20 - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Having a Seat at the Table”
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Practice of Law.
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 2, 2024
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Alyson Mathews, Esq.,
President, NYSASA
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
“The Signature Dish”
A refresher and reminder about who the client is for the school law attorney.
9:50 - 10:40 a.m.
“Fusion Cuisine”
The Intersection of Title IX and Student Discipline:  How does the school district simultaneously comply with both Title IX and Education Law Section 3214?
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.
10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
“Don't Talk with your Mouth Full!”
Freedom from the Thoughts we Hate: Hate Speech, the First Amendment, and DASA.
11:50 a.m.


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