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"WHAT'S GOING ON" (Marvin Gaye)

A Melodic March Through The Ever-Changing World of Education

June 2 - 4, 2017
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 State School Boards Association



NYSASA member rate: $415

Nonmember rate: $470* - Receive a $55 credit toward NYSASA membership if you join within 30 days of the conference.

Fees include refreshment breaks, two breakfasts, lunch, reception, Saturday barbecue, 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

Conference Registration Deadline: May 19, 2017

Refunds will not be granted for cancellations received after May 19, 2017. 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.

There is no additional fee required for attending the “Education Law Basics” (Friday, June 2, from 1:50 – 5:30 p.m.). Please indicate on your online registration form if you plan on attending this portion of the conference.

The New York State Association of School Attorneys has secured a discounted rate of $100 per person, including greens fees and cart. Please contact the Pro Shop directly at 518-743-6380 to make your reservation. In order to receive the discounted rate of $100, you must mention that you are with the NYSASA Conference. The golf fee is payable on site.


The New York State Association of School Attorneys has reserved a room block at The Sagamore until May 2, 2017.  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 2, 2017. For hotel reservations, go to or call The Sagamore at 1-800-358-3585. Please indicate that you are attending the New York State Association of School Attorneys Conference, reservation group code NYSSA2017.

• 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.

11.5 credit hours of Professional Practice
1 credit hour 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 1 CLE credit hour in ethics.

Important Notice: Partial credit for program segments is 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 no 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
More Information
For more conference information, contact Kathy A. Ahearn, NYSASA President, at 518.690.7000 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:
Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Esq., Hodgson Russ LLP
Sara E. Visingard, Esq., Harris Beach PLLC

The 17th Annual School Attorney Law Conference will be paperless. Instead of receiving a traditional binder, 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.  


Friday, June 2, 2017 - “I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends” (Beatles)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. NYSASA Board of Directors Meeting
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Registration - Education Law Basics and “The Main Event/Fight” (Barbara Streisand)
1:50 - 2:00 p.m. Introduction and Welcome
Kathy A. Ahearn, Esq., President, NYSASA
2:00 - 3:05 p.m
“Give Me Just a Little More Time”(Chairman of the Board) – Effective Review of School Business Contracts
What are the best approaches when school attorneys are asked to review the terms of school district contracts with outside vendors and entities?
Norma G. Meacham, Esq., Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP
Thomas M. Volz, Esq., Partner, Law Offices of Thomas M. Volz, PLLC
3:05 - 4:10 p.m.
“O-o-h Child” (The Five Stairsteps) – Recent Developments in Student Residency, Custody and Undocumented Youth
From homeless students to sanctuary cities, examine the latest legal challenges and issues.
Douglas E. Libby, Esq., Counsel, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
Andrew J. Freedman, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP
4:10 - 4:20 p.m.
4:20 - 5:30 p.m.
“Ain’t No Sunshine” (Bill Withers) – School District Financial Operations: Budget Adoption and Administration, Tax Cap and Reserve Funds
Join us for a discussion of the most frequent legal issues that arise when representing school district clients in fiscal matters.
Frank G. Barile, Esq., Associate, Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP
James (Jay) E. Girvin, Esq., Partner, Girvin & Ferlazzo, P.C.
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration for "The MainEvent/Fight" (Barbara Streisand)
6:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Kathy A. Ahearn, Esq., President, NYSASA
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve Only Just Begun” (Carpenters) – Cracker Barrel with SED Counsel Alison Bianchi
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, New York State 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 3, 2017 - “The Main Event/Fight” (Barbara Streisand)
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
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
Kathy A. Ahearn, Esq.,
President, NYSASA
8:40 - 9:50 a.m.
“Go Your Own Way” (Fleetwood Mac) – Effective Approaches to Employee Discipline
Discuss the legal and practical necessities for successful outcomes in disciplinary proceedings under Section 3020-a/b, CSL § 75 and arbitration.
Jeffrey D. Honeywell, Esq., Partner, Honeywell Law Firm, PLLC
Howard M. Miller, Esq., Partner, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Nathaniel J. Kuzma, Esq., Executive Director of Labor Relations, Buffalo City School District
Joel C. Moore, Esq., Assistant Legal Counsel, Buffalo City School District
9:50 - 10:00 a.m.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
“Get Up, Stand Up” (Bob Marley) – Special Education Update
A review of the latest legal developments and trends affecting education of students with disabilities, including the consequences of the recent Supreme Court decision on FAPE.
Robert H. Cohen, Esq., Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
Jeffrey J. Weiss, Esq., Partner, Harris Beach, PLLC
11:00 - 11:10 a.m.
11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
“I Can See Clearly Now” (Johnny Nash) – Responding to Discrimination, Harassment and OCR Complaints
With a change in presidential administrations, will the manner in which attorneys respond to OCR and other complaints change?
Thomas E. Wheeler II, Esq., Principal Deputy, Assistant Attorney General (Acting), United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Beth L. Sims, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
12:20 p.m.
NYSASA Annual Meeting for Members
Election of NYSASA Directors and Officers and approval of a NYSASA Legislative Agenda.
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch (included with registration)
1:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Golf or Tennis (weather permitting)
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Reception and Barbeque (included with registration)
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - “The Main Event/Fight” (Barbara Streisand)
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast (included with registration)
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Kathy A. Ahearn, Esq.,
President, NYSASA
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
“Dream On” (Aerosmith) – Getting Results in Collective Bargaining
Seasoned veterans share their most effective tools and techniques for positive bargaining outcomes.
John H. Gross, Esq., Partner, Ingerman Smith, LLP
Gregory G. Guercio, Esq., Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
Donald E. Budmen, Esq., Partner, Ferrara Fiorenza P.C.
9:50 - 10:40 a.m.
“Express Yourself” (Charles Wright) – Free Speech: Where are the Limits?
Examine the latest developments on the constitutional and practical contours of speech by school officials, employees and students.
Jay Worona, Esq., Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association
David S. Shaw, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
Frank W. Miller, Esq., Partner, The Frank W. Miller Law Firm
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.
10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
“Everybody Plays the Fool” (The Main Ingredient) – The Ethics of Dealing with a Divided School Board
How should school attorneys respond to the ethical challenges often present when representing divided school boards?
Laura J. Granelli, Esq., Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP
Christie R. Jacobson, Esq., Associate, Frazer & Feldman, LLP
11:50 a.m.


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