School Law Practice Seminar Materials by Session

Thursday, October 19

Time and Location

Session

Topic and Presenter

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Belmont

Work-Alike Luncheon Meetings

State Association Counsel

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Armitage

Work-Alike Luncheon Meetings

In House Counsel

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Sheffield

Work-Alike Luncheon Meetings

Law Firm Management

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Avenue Ballroom

Early Bird Workshop 1
Foundations in School Law

Title IX Overview and Recent Interpretations
Former COSA Chair Andy Sanchez provides an overview of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and the body of case law interpreting it.  You’ll learn how the simple prohibition of discrimination “on the basis of sex” is now interpreted in multiple and complex legal concepts: student-on-student sexual harassment, the three-prong text in athletics, and LBGTQ rights to name a few. Come away with a Title IX analysis flow chart and updates on the latest cases. This session will be useful to new practitioners, or as a refresher for those who don’t practice frequently in this area.
Speaker:  Andy Sanchez, Cuddy & McCarthy, Albuquerque, NM

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3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Avenue Ballroom

Early Bird Workshop 1
Foundations in School Law

10 Things Every School Attorney Should Know About Federal Funding of Education
The federal contribution to local K-12 education is roughly 8%, a small but significant source of dollars.  Through direct funding programs like Title I, IDEA, Head Start, Title IV and indirect aid in the form of E-rate discounts and qualified bond programs, the federal government wields significant influence over public schools.  An in house school district attorney will present ten things you must know to have a basic grounding in federal funding streams, including how these streams may be affected by political winds in Washington.
Speaker: Amber Elias, Denver Public Schools 

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2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Marriott Ballroom

Early Bird Workshop 2
Labor and Collective Bargaining

Employee Speech and Protected Concerted Activity in Today’s Public Schools
Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board has arguably expanded the scope of protected, concerted activities and repeatedly held that seemingly unrelated employer policies interfere with employees’ rights to engage in such activities.  Where are our public labor relations agencies on these issues?  Are they following the NLRB’s lead and, if so, what does it mean for public school districts?  This program will begin with a review of employees’ First Amendment rights.  It will then move to an in-depth discussion of protected, concerted activities including an examination of current trends.  The presenter will also offer some practical tips to help your public school clients manage employee communications.
Marc L. Terry, Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, Westborough, MA

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3:00 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Location:  Marriott Ballroom

Early Bird Workshop 2
Labor and Collective Bargaining

Past Practice:  The Long and Windy Road
What constitutes a past practice? How is past practice used by both labor and management? Is it possible to eliminate past practices? If so, how?  A labor law veteran leads this discussion on effective use of this important labor law principle.
Speaker: Lisa Freiley, Southern Oregon Education Service District, Medford, OR

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4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Halsted Foyer

Refreshments and Networking

 

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location:  Marriott Ballroom

Opening General Session

Federal Civil Rights Enforcement in Public Schools: Priorities of the Administration
Senior officials with the Administration share priorities for civil rights enforcement in public schools.  Join your colleagues for this unique opportunity to hear from decision-makers at the Departments of Education and Justice.  Bring your questions!
Moderator:  Jay Worona, New York State School Boards Association, Latham NY 
Speakers: Candice Jackson, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education; Tom Wheeler, Former Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

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7:00 p.m.
Location:  Off-site

Dine Around Chicago
Sign up here for this seminar tradition; limited slots will be available onsite.

 

Friday, October 20

Time

Session

Topic and Presenter

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Location:  Halsted Foyer

Continental Breakfast

 

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Location:  Marriott Ballroom

Breakfast session
(not eligible for CLE credit)

Supporting Schools in Disaster Recovery
In the wake of the devastation wrought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma this season, public schools must reopen and serve students.  In this session, COSA members experienced with natural disaster planning and recovery efforts will lead a discussion about advising school boards through these significant challenges.  Come away with NSBA/COSA resources on emergency planning and response.
Discussion leaders:  Joy Baskin, Texas Association of School Boards, Austin, Texas and other panelists

2013 Paper 2015 Paper Resources

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Location:  Marriott Ballroom

General Session

NSBA Legal Advocacy Update
In this popular session, NSBA Chief Legal Officer Francisco Negrón updates you on significant Supreme Court cases affecting public schools, and NSBA’s amicus and other legal advocacy work nationwide.
Speaker:  Francisco Negrón, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, NSBA

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9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Location:  Marriott Ballroom

General Session

Immigration Law for School Attorneys
An immigration specialist provides a framework for school attorneys of key issues and legal standards in the area of immigration and enforcement in schools.  This session is designed as a pre-requisite to the one following it, in which current specific enforcement efforts will be analyzed.
Speaker:  Tejas Shah, Franczek Radelet, Chicago, IL 

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11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location:  Marriott Ballroom

General Session

Federal Immigration Enforcement:  Sanctuary Districts, Safe Zones, Records, Plyler and DACA
The panelists will examine schools' legal obligations and responsibilities toward students impacted by recent immigration enforcement actions, and consider how schools can provide a safe, secure learning environment for students from all backgrounds. The panel will explore “sanctuary” policies, and offer insights on advising school board clients in this politically-charged area.  They will also provide an overview of the current status of DACA, and strategies for schools enrolling DACA recipients. Speakers: Karlie Dunsky, Tejas Shah, and Darcy Kriha, Franczek Radelet, Chicago, IL

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12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location:  3rd Floor, DuPage, Cook, Kane and McHenry Rooms

Lunch Discussion Forum

Separate registration required for boxed lunch; a limited number will be available onsite.

Participate in roundtable discussions on topics of interest to you.  Planned topics are subject to change with current events.

  1. New to the Practice of School Law
  2. Data Privacy
  3. Special Education
  4. Schools Choice - Charters, Vouchers, etc

 

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Location:  Marriott Ballroom

Concurrent Session 1
Students

Special Education Goes to the Supreme Court: Analysis and Impact of Endrew F. and Fry​
The Supreme Court decided two special education cases last term:  Endrew F., expanding the Rowley “FAPE” standard; and Fry, interpreting IDEA’s exhaustion requirement.    Two COSA attorneys frequently on the front lines of special education law in schools will explore how the rulings, as well as policy shifts in Washington, have affected our advice to schools in their daily special education obligations.
Speaker: Stephanie Jones, Illinois State Board of Education and Jennifer Deutch, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP, Arl