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9th ANNUAL SCHOOL ATTORNEY LAW CONFERENCE

When the Going Gets Tough... Again
Helping Our Clients through Difficult Financial Times

May 29-31, 2009
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York

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 7.5 CLE credit hours in professional practice.

AGENDA

Friday, May 29, 2009
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 – 6:15 p.m. Introduction and Welcome
Colleen A. Sloan, President
New York State Association of School Attorneys
6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

State Educuation Department Update
Kathy A. Ahearn, Counsel and Deputy Commissioner of Education for Legal Affairs for the New York State Education Department, will preside over a roundtable discussion regarding the status and future of the State Education Department, as well as significant commissioner's decisions affecting our school clients.

7:30 p.m. Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, May 30, 2009

7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration
7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast (included with registration)
8:30 – 8:40 a.m. Introduction and Welcome
Colleen A. Sloan,
President
New York State Association of School Attorneys

8:40 – 9:40 a.m.

Reductions in Force
During times of economic uncertainty, schools must evaluate staffing in the context of rules and regulations as well as contract provisions affecting assignments. Learn ways in which counsel can assist in addressing the challenges in abolishing positions, excessing and recall of instructional and noninstructional staff, redistribution of duties and seniority considerations.

Presenters:
David S. Shaw, Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May &
Lambert, LLP
Neil M. Block, Partner, Ingerman Smith LLP

9:40 – 9:50 a.m. Break

9:50 – 11:00 a.m.

Bargaining in Tough Times
School attorneys need to avoid the pitfalls of negotiating when employment costs are out of control. Delve into bargaining goals and strategies during tough economic times, re-openers, bad faith v. tough
bargaining, and winning solutions with a panel of seasoned negotiators.

Presenters:
Gregory J. Guercio, Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
Benjamin J. Ferrara, Partner, Ferrara, Fiorenza,
Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, PC

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Contingency Budgets and Alternative Sources of Revenue
School budget failures as well as uncertainties in state and federal aid present challenges to districts and their operations. Explore contingency budget restrictions, spending limits, use of reserve funds, foundations and alternative sources of revenue.

Presenters:
Wayne A. Vander Byl, Law Office of Wayne A. Vander Byl
Michael D. Raniere, Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP

12:15 p.m. NYSASA Annaul Meeting for Members (with elections of directors and officers)
12:20 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
   
 

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Golf Tournament – Tee Time
All skill levels welcomed – great networking opportunity!
(optional; requires a separate fee)
Tennis

All skill levels welcomed – great networking opportunity!

6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Reception & Barbeque (included with registration)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. NYSASA Board of Directors Meeting
9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Introduction
Colleen A. Sloan,
President
New York State Association of School Attorneys
9:10 – 10:30 a.m. Evaluation of Staff Discipline and 3020-A
Observing and evaluating underperforming employees is critical to either ensuring sustained improvement or rendering effective discipline. Investigate the variables affecting unsatisfactory performance issues and failed attempts at solutions, and get valuable advice for more effective employee supervision.

Presenter:
Douglas E. Gerhardt, Member, Harris Beach, PLLC
Kevin H. Harren, Senior Counsel, NYSUT

Moderator:
Richard K. Zuckerman, Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Break

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.

Evaluation of Staff Discipline and 3020-A (continued)

11:30 a.m. Adjourn

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