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A GPS for School Attorneys

Re-Calculating Directions for 2012:
Navigational Devices for APPR, the Tax Cap, State Aid and More...

June 1-3, 2012
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York
(800) 358-3585 or (518) 644-9400


  • 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.


The New York State Association of School Attorneys has reserved a room block at The Sagamore until May 16, 2012. After May 16, rooms will be on a space available basis. For hotel reservations, call the Sagamore at (800) 358-3585 or go to Please indicate that you are attending the New York State Association School Attorneys Conference, reservation group code 51O319.

  • 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.

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 Thomas M. Volz, NYSASA President, at 613.366.2700, 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*Includes credit hours for attending Education Law Basics

Here are the courses you need to create the perfect legal dish for school districts!


Friday, June 1, 2012
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Registration - Education Law Basics and Main Conference
1:50 - 2:00 p.m. Introduction and Welcome

Thomas M. Volz, Esq., President, NYSASA
2:00 – 2:50 p.m
Arriving at a Diverse Workforce: The Basics of EEO Practice
Learn the fundamentals of Equal Employment Opportunity requirements for school districts.

Lynda VanCoske, Esq.,
Labor Relations Supervisor, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES; Sarah E. Visingard, Esq, Associate, Harris Beach, LLP
2:50 - 3:40 p.m.
Clear Sailing Under the Sunshine Laws: Compliance with the New FOIL and Open Meetings Law Requirements
Learn about new provisions requiring school boards to make certain records available prior to board meetings; and the latest in FOIL and OML matters.

Douglas Gerhardt, Esq., Partner, Harris Beach, LLP
3:40 - 3:50 p.m.
3:50 - 4:40 p.m.
Keying In a Student’s Home Address: Handling Student Residency Issues
This session provides the fundamentals that every school attorney must know to handle the frequently raised issue of student residency.

Douglas Libby, Esq. and Bernadette Gallagher-Gaffney, Esq., Sewanhaka Central High School District
4:40 - 5:30 p.m.
Stopping Bullying: School District Responsibilities under Title IX
A review of the latest on a school district’s legal obligations when bullying of a student is alleged to have occurred, including in-depth coverage of the most recent OCR guidance on this topic.

Beth L. Sims, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLC;
Joseph J. Bufano, Esq., Associate, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, PC
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration for Main Conference
6:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Introduction and Welcome

Thomas M. Volz, Esq., President, NYSASA
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Changing Road Conditions Alert: 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
7:30 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own
Saturday, June 2, 2012
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
8:30 - 8:40 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome

Thomas M. Volz, Esq., President, NYSASA
8:40 - 9:50 a.m.
Locating the Correct Coordinates in APPR Negotiations
An update on recent revisions to the teacher and principal annual professional performance reviews (APPR) law and regulations, and what school attorneys need to know to properly position their clients for the 2012-2013 school year.

Kevin Harren, Esq., Capital Region BOCES; Eric J. Wilson, Esq., Partner, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, PC; Gregory J. Guercio, Esq. Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP

Moderator: John J. Christopher, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP
9:50 - 10:00 a.m.
10:00 - 11:10 a.m.
Locating the Correct Coordinates in APPR Negotiations (cont.) 
11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Coping with Bad Drivers: How to Effectively Prosecute Employee Misconduct or Incompetence
Experienced school attorneys will review proper charges, effective proof, and strategies on how to gather evidence and prosecute tenured employee disciplinary cases under Education Law Section 3020-a, in today’s cyber world, while at the same time remembering old-school techniques. The discussion will also review the inter-relationship with Part 83 certification proceedings.

David S. Shaw, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP; Thomas M. Volz, Esq., Law Offices of Thomas M. Volz, PLLC;
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
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Reception and Barbeque (included with registration) 
Sunday, June 3, 2012
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

Thomas M. Volz, Esq., President, NYSASA
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Navigating by the Stars, or Identifying a Clear Route
An in-depth discussion of the ethical consideration for conflicts of interest while representing the board of education.

Richard K. Zuckerman, Esq., Partner, Lamb & Barnosky LLP
9:50 - 10:25 a.m.
Update on Special Education
A review of the newest developments and relevant court decisions affecting special education law.

Robert H. Cohen, Esq., Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP; Carol A. Melnick, Esq., Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP
10:25 - 10:35 a.m.
10:35 - 11:30 a.m.
No E-Z Pass in This Lane - The Latest on the Tax Cap
The property tax levy limit, voter propositions, supermajority requirements, and the lessons learned from the May 2012 school budget votes.

Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP, Charles Szuberla, Assistant Commissioner, School Operations and Management Services, New York State Education Department; Christopher F. Venator, Esq., Partner, Ingerman Smith, LLP
11:30 a.m.



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