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The Times They Are a Changing
Strategies for Coping with the Rapidly Evolving Legal, Economic and Policy Framework of Public Education

June 3-5, 2011
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York
(800) 358-3585 or (518) 644-9400


  • NYSASA member rate: $300
  • Nonmember rate: $350*
  • 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 14, 2011. After May 14, rooms will be on a spaceavailable 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 51O314.

  • 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.

8 credit hours of professional practice

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 8 CLE credit hours in professional practice.

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 Laura J. Granelli, NYSASA President, at (516) 746-8000, 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 3, 2011
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Registration - Education Law Basics and Main Conference
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Special Education Primer - Everything You Think You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask a Partner
Examine the development of an IEP (including a review of the new model IEP), composition of the CSE, the impartial hearing process and common pitfalls to avoid in dealing with parents and their attorneys/advocates.

Carol A. Melnick, Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP

3:00 - 3:10 p.m.
3:10 - 4:10 p.m.

Mock Reorganizational Meeting - Are You Ready to Fly Solo?
Observe how a school district's annual reorganizational meeting is conducted and learn how to deal with the eccentric personalities and unexpected issues which can, and often do, arise at a school board meeting, such as Open Meetings Law concerns, executive sessions and public input.

Robert H. Cohen, Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP, Neil M. Block, Partner, Ingerman Smith, LLP; Douglas A. Spencer, Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP; Sara E. Visingard, Associate, Harris Beach, PLLC; Lynda M. VanCoske, Attorney/ Labor Relations Administrator, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

4:10 - 4:20 p.m.
4:20 - 5:10 p.m.
Mock Reorganizational Meeting (cont.)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Registration for Main Conference
6:00 - 6:15 p.m.

Introduction and Welcome

Laura J. Granelli, President, New York State Association of School Attorneys

6:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Update from the Office of Counsel
Join us for our annual roundtable discussion regarding the State Education Department.

Richard J. Trautwein, Counsel and Deputy Commissioner of Education for Legal Affairs, New York State Education Department

7:30 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own
Saturday, June 4, 2011
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

Laura J. Granelli, President, NYSASA

8:40 - 9:50 a.m.

Annual Professional Performance Review – Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?
Changes in APPR represent some of the more significant developments affecting school lawyers around the state. Join us for a discussion regarding the current state of the law, new regulations, and the trends in bargaining.

John H. Gross, Partner, Ingerman Smith, LLP; David A. Farmelo, Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP; Kathy A. Ahearn, Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP; and Pilar Sokol, Deputy General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association

9:50 - 10:00 a.m.
10:00 - 11:10 a.m.
Annual Professional Performance Review (cont.) 
11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Consolidation – Is Less Really More?
Explore legal requirements of school consolidation, including community based voter propositions, SED guidelines and the 1958 Master Plan; bargaining implications and composition of the new school board, as well as consolidation of services, purchasing and resources.

Michael K. Lambert, Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP, and Eric J. Wilson, 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
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Reception and Barbeque (included with registration) 
Sunday, June 5, 2011
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast (included with registration) 
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
NYSASA Board of Directors Meeting
9:00 - 9:10 a.m.

Introduction and Welcome

Laura J. Granelli, President, NYSASA

9:10 - 10:30 a.m.

School Business Issues – Keeping Clients Below the Comptroller's Radar
Find out what the school attorney needs to know about the business office. Get the perspective of an experienced external auditor.

Vincent Cullen, C.P.A., Partner, Cullen and Danowski, LLP

10:30 - 10:40 a.m.
10:40 - 11:30 a.m.

Budget Crisis – Robbing Peter to Pay Paul?
Discussion of the state of Albany, tax caps and circuit breakers, school closings, sale and/or lease of school property, contract re-openers and concessions, loss of federal and state aid, and tax certiorari immunity.

Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Partner, Hudgson Russ, LLP, and Mara N. Harvey, Associate, Lamb & Barnosky LLP

11:30 a.m.


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