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Upcoming COSA Webinars

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
An Anti-Christ to Yoga Update on Religion and K-12 Public Schools

Recent student religion-based litigation provides updated guidance for school attorneys in applying constitutional guarantees to current technology and trends. In this session, we provide practical tips for advising school districts proactively to prevent costly First Amendment litigation and insight into lessons learned from litigating and resolving student religious rights lawsuits.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EST)
Host: Sonja Trainor, Director, NSBA Council of School Attorneys
Presenters: Craig Wood and Katie Payne, Walsh Gallegos Treviño, Russo & Kyle, Austin, TX

Regular Rate $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association or International Partner $49

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Preserving Evidence in a School District: 10 Best Practices

When litigation-related discovery issues arise, the school attorney is faced with several questions. When does the duty to preserve school records as evidence arise? When do litigation hold letters come into play, what information must they contain, and who must receive the litigation hold letter? What type of staff training can/should be done before litigation arises? What duties do school attorneys have to understand the "IT" perspective behind how their school district clients' data storage systems work? And what are some of the possible ramifications (financial and otherwise) for school districts for failure to preserve evidence in litigation situations? Join us for an enlightening discussion with two very experienced COSA attorneys who have been in the trenches with such evidentiary issues, and hear how they dealt with these challenging aspects of their practice.

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
Host: Leza Conliffe, Senior Staff Attorney, National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA
Presenters: John F. Cafferky, Blankingship & Keith, Fairfax, VA; Ms. Carol Marchant, Assistant Division Counsel, Fairfax County Public Schools

Regular Rate $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association or International Partner $49

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Student Harassment and Violence: Advising Schools on Handling Complaints, Restraining Orders, and Separation

When a student is accused of harassing or victimizing another student or staff, schools are often at the center of the resulting investigation, as well as any discipline or criminal penalties that result. Many federal and state legal concepts are implicated in these complex fact scenarios: Title IX investigation requirements, privacy of education records, public records laws, due process, potential tort claims, and anti-bullying laws, to name a few. The practical concerns are sometimes equally important, including how and when to discuss the investigation and its results with parents, how and when to separate students, and how to direct and train staff to deal with these situations. A school attorney well-versed in these tricky situations offers a review of applicable law, and practical advice.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
Host: Tammy Carter, Senior Staff Attorney, National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA
Presenter: Maryam Brotine, Assistant General Counsel, Illinois Association of School Boards

Regular Rate $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association or International Partner $49

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
The “Right” to a Service Animal in School: Students, Employees, and Guests

Since the Department of Justice published final regulations under Title II of the ADA requiring public schools to “modify its policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability,” courts have begun to address the many questions those regulations created. What about the “reasonable accommodation/fundamental alteration” analysis normally required under Title II? Is exhaustion of administrative remedies under the IDEA required if FAPE is not at issue? The speaker will review the current state of the law on these questions and more, including the likely ruling of the Supreme Court on the latter question this term.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
Host: Naomi Gittins, Deputy General Counsel, National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA
Presenter: Kathleen Mehfoud, Reed Smith, Richmond, VA

Regular Rate $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association or International Partner $49

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Legal Ethics for School Lawyers

This lively and thought-provoking look at legal ethics through the eyes of a school attorney will inform, educate and entertain you, and provide an hour of ethics credit in many jurisdictions. Join a popular COSA presenter for an hour of professional responsibility through a school law lens.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EST)
Host: Sonja Trainor, Director, NSBA Council of School Attorneys, Alexandria, VA
Presenters: Ali Tomberlin Beechler Tomberlin, Winston-Salem, NC

Regular Rate $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association or International Partner $49

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Regulating Employee Speech Under Garcetti and Progeny: Political Speech, Academic Freedom, and Religious Expression

After the wave of National Anthem opt-outs by professional, college and high school athletes, school attorneys are asking – how far does Garcetti go? In this encore performance of a session recently given at the School Law Seminar, a veteran school attorney provides the latest updates on this pillar case on the regulation of public employee speech.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EST)
Host: Tammy Carter, Senior Staff Attorney, National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA
Presenters: Michael Smith, Lozano Smith, Irvine, CA

Regular Rate $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association or International Partner $49

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Cameras in the Classroom: Special Ed, Live Feeds, Wearable Devices, and New Laws

Cameras and audio recording devices are finding their way into public school classrooms in a variety of ways. Parents of students with disabilities request audio/video/GPS feeds from their children due to safety concerns. Schools themselves seek a record of teacher performance. Police and security officers in schools wear body cameras to record incidents. Texas recently enacted state laws requiring cameras in special education settings at parent request, and encouraging police body cameras. Are other states following suit? Has there been any guidance or clarity in the law on video recording taken by schools? And how should schools address requests by parents for live recording devices worn by their children in the classroom? Two school attorneys well-versed in this area will update you on the latest laws, trends, and practical advice.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EST)
Host: Sonja Trainor, Director, NSBA Council of School Attorneys, Alexandria, VA
Presenters: Sarah Orman, Texas Association of School Boards, Austin, TX; Sara Clark, Ohio School Boards Association, Columbus, OH

Regular Rate $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association or International Partner $49

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
The Supreme Court’s October 2016 Term: Key Decisions Affecting Public Schools

Join the NSBA General Counsel and legal team for a run-down of key decisions affecting public schools from the High Court’s historic October 2016 term. We’ll also look ahead to cases granted cert., and cases of interest to schools arising in the circuits.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EST)
Host: Sonja Trainor, Director, NSBA Council of School Attorneys
Presenters: Francisco Negrón, NSBA General Counsel; Naomi Gittins, NSBA Deputy General Counsel; Leza Conliffe, NSBA Senior Staff Attorney; Tammy Carter, NSBA Senior Staff Attorney

Regular Rate $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association or International Partner $49

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Please Note: CLE credit for COSA live webinars may be available in your state. Please contact Laura Kisthardt at lkisthardt@nsba.org for more information.

Webinar Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing by fax (703-519-6497) or email (registration@nsba.org) to the NSBA registrar no later than 48 hours prior to the start of webinar. After that date and time, no refunds will be issued; however, you may transfer your registration to another participant.

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