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School Law Conference

Live Webcast – Feb 22, 24, 26, 2021

UT Law’s 36th Annual School Law Conference is the definitive program for school administrators, school board members, education professionals, and the legal counsel who represent them. Presentations offer in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues affecting schools and school districts, and provide a must-have set of materials and resources.  This year’s program is now comprised of three non-consecutive half-days, in order to make the most of your experience with us online. The schedule will be as follows:   Day 1 on Monday, February 22, 2021, starting at 1:00 p.m. CST Day 2 on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, starting at 1:00 p.m. CST Day 3 on Friday, February 26, 2021, starting at 9:00 a.m. CST

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 12.00 | 2.25 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specializations:
    Administrative Law, Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
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School Law Conference

Austin – AT&T Conference Center – Feb 20-21, 2020

Live Webcast – Feb 20-21, 2020

UT Law’s 35th Annual School Law Conference is the definitive program for school administrators, school board members, education professionals, and the legal counsel who represent them. Presentations offer in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues affecting schools and school districts, and provide a must-have set of materials and resources. This year’s conference offers attendees the opportunity to: Hear updates on Commissioner of Education decisions from the past year, recent developments from the Office of the Attorney General, and Fifth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court decisions on special education. Examine the competing demands facing school districts on school safety issues, individual rights relating to political speech, and school dress codes. Explore school personnel issues regarding secure records compliance, the newly created “Do Not Hire” registry, rules for accepting gifts or benefits, and the risks social media poses for teachers and other educators. Learn how to navigate the grievance/disciplinary process, best practices when served with a lawsuit, and how to present a case referred to the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings. Multiple networking opportunities with program faculty and fellow school law practitioners, including the Thursday Evening Reception. Following the conference, attendees will receive a bonus eSupplement containing an additional 2.25 hours of MCLE (including 0.75 hours of ethics) to ensure practitioners can earn their required 15.00/3.00 Texas MCLE hours for the year.

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 11.75 | 2.25 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specializations:
    Administrative Law, Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
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School Law Conference

Austin – AT&T Conference Center – Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2019

Live Webcast – Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2019

UT Law’s 34th Annual School Law Conference is the definitive program for school administrators, school board members, education professionals, and the legal counsel who represent them. Presentations offer in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues affecting schools and school districts, and provide a must-have set of materials and resources. This year’s conference offers attendees the opportunity to: Explore what Districts of Innovation mean for schools and teachers, and the impact local innovation plans can have on a district. Examine the practical implications of the DOE’s recent determination that Texas violated the IDEA and the impact of the resulting corrective action plan. Hear practical tips for Managing Student Protest Logistics and Dealing with Vexing Stakeholders. Explore approaches in Behavioral Threat Assessment, and how those approaches seek to balance safety concerns with student rights Learn what mandatory provisions may be missing from your contracts, including language concerning accessibility and data privacy. Live attendees also earn a full 15.00 hours (including 3.00 hours of ethics) with supplemental on-demand programming. And new this year, network with fellow school law practitioners at the Thursday Evening Reception.

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 12.25 | 2.00 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specializations:
    Administrative Law, Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
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School Law Conference

Austin – AT&T Conference Center – Feb 22-23, 2018

Live Webcast – Feb 22-23, 2018

UT Law’s 33rd Annual School Law Conference is the definitive program for school administrators, school board members, education professionals and the legal counsel who represent them. Presentations offer in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues affecting schools and school districts and provide a must-have set of materials and resources. This year’s conference offers attendees the opportunity to: Explore the impact of “David’s Law” and the ways in which courts are treating traditional and cyberbullying claims. Survey the laws that impact the collection and handling of private health information and hear the best practices for complying. Learn to navigate the world of SBEC disciplinary hearings with practical tips on how to adjust to enforcement trends. Examine legal issues that may come into play when school employees or students engage in immoral or unseemly – but not criminal – conduct off campus. Prepare for cybersecurity threats by examining the risks particular to schools and by reviewing what needs to be in every school’s incident response plan. Learn from yesterday and plan for tomorrow with a deep dive into disaster planning and recovery from both the student service and operations perspectives. Hear practical tips for managing rogue board members and how to address the inefficiencies and disharmony they can create. Network with fellow school law attorneys while earning up to 12.50 hours of credit, including 1.75 hours of ethics.

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 12.50 | 1.75 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specializations:
    Administrative Law, Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
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School Law Conference

Austin – AT&T Conference Center – Feb 23-24, 2017

Live Webcast – Feb 23-24, 2017

UT Law’s 32nd Annual School Law Conference is the definitive program for school administrators, school board members, education professionals and the legal counsel who represent them. Presentations offer in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues affecting schools and school districts and provide a must-have set of materials and resources. 2017 highlights include: Take a deep dive in to T-TESS and T-PESS practicalities with Jefferson K. Brim III, Brim, Robinett, Cantu & Brim, P.C., Austin, TX and Merri Schneider-Vogel, Thompson & Horton LLP, Houston, TX. Hear practical guidance for working with students, staff, school boards, and community members on the multi-faceted issues related to transgender students. Get the latest on Cameras in the Classroom with Nona C. Matthews, Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C., Irving, TX Explore the line between school employee’s speech as public employees and private citizens. Gain practical tips on reasonable accommodations from a former general counsel turned human resources administrator. Review recent Commissioner of Education decisions and hear the latest developments from the Attorney General’s Office. Learn to navigate the contentious intersection of individual rights relating to student speech, dangerous behavior, and service animals in the school setting. Explore the issues addressed in the EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan for Fiscal Years 2017-2021 with Joe Bontke, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Houston, TX. Review requirements, best practices, and pitfalls of which every school lawyer should be aware when financing, purchasing, or selling real property interests. Network with fellow school law attorneys while earning up to 12.50 hours of credit, including 2.0 hours of ethics.

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 12.50 | 2.00 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specializations:
    Administrative Law, Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
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School Law Conference

Austin – AT&T Conference Center – Feb 25-26, 2016

UT Law’s 31st Annual School Law Conference is the definitive program for school administrators, school board members, education professionals and the legal counsel who represent them. Presentations offer in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues affecting schools and school districts and provide a must-have set of materials and resources. Join the Director of NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys, Sonja Trainor, for an update on the current state of federal law and guidance on student data privacy. Explore the challenging state and federal regulations related to firearms on school district property, prohibited weapons and other changes to student discipline. Learn what is expected of the school district by OCR and the current legal standards imposed by the courts in cases where students are bullied. Analyze the conflict between student free speech rights and a school’s obligation to maintain a safe and secure environment Review new federal procurement regulations (EDGAR), the new state conflict of interest disclosure requirements and their respective impacts on school district procurement and purchasing practices, including a comparison of the federal and state law requirements. Review the various types of protected activity and prohibited retaliation and explore how these claims proceed through the various administrative systems, like the EEOC. Learn best employment practices that every school should use that will help establish a defense to these claims before you need one. Learn responses to difficult questions regarding the intersection of family law and school law

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 12.50 | 2.00 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specializations:
    Administrative Law, Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
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School Law Conference

Austin – Renaissance Hotel – Feb 19-20, 2015

UT Law’s 30th Annual School Law Conference is the definitive program for school administrators, school board members, education professionals, and the legal counsel who represent them. Presentations offer in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues affecting schools and school districts, and provide a must-have set of materials and resources.   Mark P. Tilley, Texas Association of School Boards, provides an update on Commissioner of Education decisions from the past year, and Leticia D. McGowan, Dallas Independent School District, discusses recent developments from the Attorney General’s office Explore the challenges that arise for school districts regarding immigrant students and the legal obligation to educate all students, and examine the issues related to planning out-of-state and international student travel Review home schooling current legal issues that have arisen since the Texas Supreme Court’s landmark Leeper decision Russell Wilson, Schulman Lopez & Hoffer LLP and Judge-Elect of the 218th District Court, presents How the Boom-Bust Cycle of the Oil and Gas Business Affects Schools Learn best practices to address difficult UIL and Title IX compliance issues as well as tips for managing athletics when it comes to employing coaches Explore school personnel issues such as school district relationships with law enforcement agencies, pregnancy discrimination, and the dilemmas and dangers that social media poses for teachers and other educators Wayne Schiess, Senior Lecturer and Director of The David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy, The University of Texas School of Law, presents Ethics in Court Papers, an entertaining and informative presentation of real cases in which lawyers got into trouble for poor writing    

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 13.50 | 2.00 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specializations:
    Administrative Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
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School Law Conference

Austin – AT&T Conference Center – Feb 27-28, 2014

The School Law Conference is the definitive program for school administrators, school board members, education professionals, and the legal counsel who represent them. Presentations offer in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues affecting schools and school districts, and provide a must-have set of materials and resources. Hear an update from Commissioner of Education, Michael L. Williams Review First Amendment free-speech issues as applied to various forms of communications, including social media Examine school personnel issues such as the challenges associated with workplace relationships, how a school district should proceed when an employee is injured on the job, and the usage of criminal history records when making personnel decisions Review recent case law regarding IDEA and FAPE Learn about the legal issues such as gender identity and gender-based discrimination pertaining to transgender students and personnel Evaluate the TRS laws and regulations regarding employee and independent contractor status and retiree re-employment Earn up to 1.75 hours ethics credits with substantive ethics sessions including the ethical rules governing school district in-house counsel from all perspectives—inside, outside and across the aisle; the ethical issues addressing conflicts of interest for attorneys serving in an administrative position other than legal counsel; and a survey of state reporting laws of suspected child abuse, the attorney’s duty to report, and attorney-client privileges

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 13.00 | 1.75 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specializations:
    Administrative Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
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School Law Conference

Austin – AT&T Conference Center – Feb 21-22, 2013

The School Law Conference offers in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues and updates affecting school administrators, school board members, education professionals and both sides of the bar. The 2013 conference features timely topics including: Updates, recent decisions, and proposed rule changes: Commissioner of Education decisions, Attorney General opinions, school finance litigation, judicial developments under the Whistleblower Act, decisions impacting the Open Meetings Act, and federal education initiatives Employment issues: Off-duty educator conduct, SBEC investigations into educator misconduct, mental health in the workplace, employee leave management and policies, TRS benefits, Chapter 21 of Texas Labor Code vs. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and administrator evaluations and reassignments Civil rights: OCR investigations of students’ discrimination claims, off-campus student conduct and speech, and religious expression in school Public school vouchers, the role of the internal auditor, construction contracts, dealing with difficult people, and more Earn up to 13.00 hours of CLE credit including 1.75 hours of ethics

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 13.00 | 1.75 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specializations:
    Administrative Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
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School Law Conference

Austin – AT&T Conference Center – Mar 1-2, 2012

The School Law Conference is the definitive course for school administrators, school board members, education professionals, and the legal counsel who represent them. The 2012 program brings you two days of extensive and relevant topics, including:      • Straight answers from the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) on your questions about the Family         Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)      • A review and exploration of recent cases brought against school districts and school officials under the         Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act         (ADA), and Section 1983      • Recent developments in wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)      • Legal issues dealing with social media records and privacy for school employees      • Friday’s luncheon presentation, Intellectual Property Conundrums in Schools      • Ethical dilemmas commonly faced by school attorneys      • And much more!

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 13.50 | 1.50 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specializations:
    Administrative Law, Labor and Employment Law
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School Law Conference

Austin – Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark – Mar 3-4, 2011

The 2011 School Law Conference features timely topics, including:  • First Amendment updates for students and school personnel  • Misconduct on campus: pornography, bullying and cyberbullying, and disciplining beyond Chapter 37  • Updates, recent developments, and proposed rule changes: Commissioner of Education decisions    Attorney General opinions, proposed and new Texas disciplinary rules and laws affecting    investigations, proposed new ADAAA regulations, TAC Chapter 247 amendments, and changes    to the "Top Ten Percent" rules  • Politics: overlapping jurisdiction, Texas election law and school districts, and trustee elections  • The effects of financial crisis on school districts, Board Members' digital communication, results from     the Charter School Experiment, and much more!

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 13.75 | 2.00 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specialization:
    Administrative Law
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School Law Conference

Austin – Hyatt Regency Austin – Feb 18-19, 2010

The School Law Conference brings together school administrators, school board members, education professionals, and the attorneys who advise them. The 2010 program includes extensive coverage of: • Student and staff's online activity--both on- and off-campus: "sexting" and harassment, a school district's authority to discipline, and the interception of electronic data • Volunteers: Booster clubs and fundraising as well as background checks and the fingerprinting effort • Employment concerns: ADA compliance and EEOC regulations, FMLA updates, immigration issues, drug testing, and more

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