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Summer School
June 1-3, 2007
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York


Friday, June 1, 2007
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 – 6:15 p.m. Introduction and Welcome
Richard K. Zuckerman, President
New York State Association of School Attorneys
6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Advanced Studies: NYS Education Department
Go beyond the Commissioner's Decisions and SED memos, and earn "extra credit" by joining your colleagues for an informal discussion with counsel at SED about hot topics of current interest to attorneys that represent school districts.

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

7:30 p.m. Dinner on Your Own
Saturday, June 2, 2007
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
Richard K. Zuckerman,
New York State Association of School Attorneys

8:40 – 9:30 a.m.

Senior Seminar: Special Education Obligations to Private School Students
Learn to navigate the twists and turns of the IDEA 2004 and Federal and State laws and regulations as they relate to school district responsibilities to students with disabilities who attend private schools.

Presenter: Rebecca H. Cort, Ed.D., Deputy Commissioner of VESID

9:30 – 9:40 a.m. Break

9:40 – 10:50 p.m.

Don't miss Season 6.5 of this series, as a famous real estate magnate-turned attorney opens the biggest and greatest law firm in America and looks for fresh blood to staff it. Candidates vying for a position with the new firm discuss how they've dealt with challenging legal issues such as student discipline, residency/homelessness, disclosure of sensitive or confidential student information and records, scope of mandatory reporting of child abuse, and more. Find out who will be picked as the firm's next Associate, and who will hear those dreaded words, "You're fired!"

Appearing: Ronald J. Frump and his trusted advisors played by: Douglas E. Libby, Sewanhaka Central High School District
Robert H. Cohen, Lamb and Barnosky, LLP
John P. Sheahan, Guercio and Guercio

Also appearing: Ryan L. Everhart, Hodgson Russ, LLP
Susan E. Fine, Ingerman Smith, LLP
Ariana A. Gambella, Guercio and Guercio
Norman H. Gross, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett and Reitz, PC
Mara N. Harvey, Lamb and Barnosky, LLP
Tracie L. Lopardi, Harris Beach, PLLC

10:50 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. The Associate 101 (continued)
12:10 p.m. NYSASA Annaul Meeting for Members (with elections of directors and officers)

12:20 – 1:00 p.m.


1:30 – 3:30 p.m.


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

All skill levels welcomed – great networking opportunity!

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

Sunday, June 3, 2007

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,
New York State Association of School Attorneys

9:10 – 10:00 a.m.
A board of cooperative educational services is a "different animal." Whether you directly represent a BOCES, or one or more of a BOCES' component school districts, learn about the special rules that apply to a BOCES. Explore the legal relationship between a school district and a BOCES, and find out how others have dealt with unique issues such as: which entity has responsibility for student discipline, alternative instruction during a suspension, decisions whether to admit non-immunized students, ensuring mandated reports get made? What factors should be considered in connection with contracting? What happens when a district "takes back" a BOCES program (and vice-versa)? Learn all this and more!

Presenter: Susan DiDonato, Questar III (Board of Cooperative Educational Services for Rensselaer-Columbia-Greene Counties)
David A. Farmelo, Hodgson Russ, LLP
Marc H. Reitz, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett and Reitz, PC
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Don't Be an Ethics Drop-Out
Be guided through hypotheticals that address the thorny issues all practitioners who represent public schools must face, such as: to what extent can public officials accept gifts and to what degree can law firms or other firms give them; what ethical considerations arise from acceptance of donations to student scholarship funds and educational foundations; who is "the client" when representing a municipal entity; when is a firm conflicted out of representation.

Presenter: Carol A. Melnick, Jaspan Schlesinger Hoffman, LLP
Lawrence W. Reich, Ingerman Smith, LLP

11:30 a.m. Adjourn


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