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6th ANNUAL SCHOOL ATTORNEY LAW CONFERENCE
School Districts Under Siege: Are You Prepared
June 2-4, 2006
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York

AGENDA

Friday, June 2, 2006
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00– 6:15 p.m. Introduction and Welcome
Wayne A. Vander Byl, President
New York State Association of School Attorneys
6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Cracker Barrel Session
Gather with us for Join your colleagues for an informal session on the latest legal issues and concerns currently facing public schools and the attorneys representing them.

Guest: Kathy A. Ahearn, Counsel and Deputy Commissioner of Education for Legal Affairs

Facilitator: Jay Worona, General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association

7:30 p.m. Dinner on Your Own

SATURDAY, June 3, 2006

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
Wayne A. Vander Byl,
President
New York State Association of School Attorneys

8:40 – 10:10 a.m.

Be prepared. Join us for a mock school board meeting, complete with audience participation, disgruntled members of the public, unprepared and unruly board members, unanticipated legal questions, and more. Learn how to survive school board meetings and serve your clients with new-found expertise.

Moderator: Benjamin J. Ferrara, Partner, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, PC, East Syracuse, NY
Board President played by: Robert Cohen, Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP, Melville, NY
Board Vice-President played by: Laura J. Granelli, Partner, Jaspan, Schlesinger Hoffman, LLP, Garden City, NY
Other Participants: Tom Volz, Partner, Guercio & Guercio, Farmingdale, NY
John Gross, Partner, Ingerman Smith, LLP, Hauppauge, NY

10:10 – 10:20 a.m. Break
10:20 – 11:10 a.m. Surviving School Board Meetings (continued)
11:10 – 11:20 a.m. Break

11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.


Everyone wants access to school facilities for commercial and charitable purposes from soliciting gifts for the troops to creating a scholarship fund. What advice should you give? Learn what is and is not permitted under the Education Law and commissioner's regulations.

Presenter: John J. Christopher, Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo, NY


12:10 p.m
NYSASA Annual Meeting for Members with election of directors and officers
12:20 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:04 p.m. Golf Tournament – Tee Time
All skill levels welcomed – great networking opportunity!
(optional; requires a separate fee)

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Tennis
All skill levels welcomed – great networking opportunity!

6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Reception & Barbeque (included with registration)
Sunday, June 4, 2006
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
Wayne A. Vander Byl,
President
New York State Association of School Attorneys


9:10 – 10:00 a.m.

Several school districts recently have experienced major fraud and theft of district funds. As a result, under a new state law districts are now being audited. Learn valuable lesions from these events and what to expect in an audit.

Presenter: Donald E. Budmen, Partner, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, PC, East Syracuse, NY

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

When a board member or district official is subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury investigating fraud in the district, what are the ethical responsibilities that affect the school attorney's role? What other situations raise ethical questions regarding conflicts of interest, confidentiality and zealous representation for the attorney?

Presenter: Gregory J. Guercio, Partner, Guercio & Guercio, Farmingdale, NY

11:30 a.m. Adjourn

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