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The New York State Association of School Attorneys
in conjunction with
The New York State School Boards Association


School Law Cookbook
Necessary Ingredients to Survive the Legal Challenges of a New Decade

June 4-6, 2010
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York

8 credit hours of professional practice 2 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 8 CLE credit hours in professional practice and 2 credit hours 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 Assistances:
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 Christopher Venator at (631) 261-8834, or by e-mail 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 by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. *Includes credit hours for attending Education Law Basics

Note the new "early bird" session for new lawyers on Friday, June 4!
Reminder:  The registration deadline is May 28, 2010.  A block of rooms has been reserved for NYSASA at the Sagamore until May 14, 2010.  After May 14, rooms will be on a space-available basis.


Friday, June 4, 2010
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Registration – Education Law Basics and Main Conference

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

There's a FERPA in My Soup: FERPA Fundamentalson
Enjoy an overview of the basics of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Andrew Freedman, Partner, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, P.C
Colleen Sloan, Manager, Labor Relations Service, Erie 1 BOCES

3:00 – 3:10 p.m.


3:10 – 4:10 p.m.

Knife Skills, Emulsions and Suspensions: The Art of Student Discipline
Learn about student rights and school district responsibilities when disciplining students.

Lawrence Tenenbaum, Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP

4:10 – 5:10 p.m.

Etiquette 101: Ethics for the New Attorney
Join us in discussing common ethical conundrums faced by newly practicing attorneys.

Beth Sims, Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Regisration
6:00– 6:15 p.m. Introduction and Welcome
Christopher F. Venator,
New York State Association of School Attorneys
6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

What's Cooking in the Office of Counsel at the State Education Department
Join us for this annual roundtable discussion about the State Education Department.

Erin M. O'Grady-Parent, Acting Counsel and Deputy Commissioner of Education for Legal Affairs, New York State Education Department

7:30 p.m. Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, June 5, 2010

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
Christopher F. Venator,
New York State Association of School Attorneys

8:40 – 9:50 a.m.

Cooking on a Budget: Legal Issues Regarding Alternative Funding Sources for School Districts
In these trying economic times, school districts are struggling to find innovative approaches to fund programs. Join us to discuss the legal issues involved when districts collaborate with private media, use ARRA monies, participate in Race to the Top, work with educational foundations and face delays and/or cuts in State Aid.

Antonia Hamblin, Partner, Ingerman Smith LLP
Lisa S. Rusk, Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert LLP

9:50 – 10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 – 11:10 a.m.

Alphabet Soup: Hot Issues in Special Education
Learn about recent developments in the world of special education including revocation of consent for IDEA services, ADAAA changes, dual-enrollment issues and contracting for instructional services with private entities.

Ryan Everhart, Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
Robert Cohen, Partner, Lamb & Barnosky LLP

11:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Entertaining Guests: The Legalities of Social Networking
"Tweeting" and "friending" have brought a myriad of new concerns to school districts. Activities on Facebook and other social networking sites raise legal issues over student discipline, employee discipline and accessing records in connection with the use of these sites. Learn about the legal issues schools face in this era of social networking.

Kathy Ahearn, Partner, Guercio & Guercio LLP
Hank Sobota, Partner, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, P.C.

12:20 p.m. NYSASA Annaul Meeting for Members (with elections of directors and officers)
12:30 – 1:30 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)

All skill levels welcomed – great networking opportunity!

6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Reception & Barbeque (included with registration)
Sunday, June 6, 2010
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 and Welcome
Christopher F. Venator,
New York State Association of School Attorneys
9:10 – 10:30 a.m.

Food Fight: When the Strikes Back
Today's economic landscape has made for interesting times at the table. Join a discussion of the legal implications when s engage in work stoppages, multiple improper practices, arbitrations and other push backs during negotiations.

Thomas Volz, Partner, Guercio & Guercio LLP
Kevin Harren, School Attorney and Director of Labor Relations Services, Capital Region BOCES

10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Break

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.

How to Avoid Getting Burned:
Ethical Issues in Representing Multiple Municipal Clients
Representing multiple clients raises a host of law office management issues, as well as potential conflicts among clients in areas such as contracting, tuition reimbursement and litigation. Learn how to navigate the ethical conundrums facing practitioners that represent more than one municipal client.

James Gregory, Partner, Hogan, Sarzynski, Lynch, Surowka & DeWind LLP
Richard Zuckerman, Partner, Lamb & Barnosky LLP

11:30 a.m. Adjourn


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