University of Texas School of Law
32nd Annual
School Law Conference
Austin Feb 23-24, 2017 AT&T Conference Center
Conference Concluded
Live Webcast Feb 23-24, 2017
Conference Concluded

UT Law CLE

2017 School Law Conference

Program Features
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.

UT Law CLE

2017 School Law Conference

9/25/17
Schedule

Thursday Morning

Presiding Officer:
Ellen H. Spalding, Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. - Houston, TX

7:30 am

Austin Only

Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:25 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

1.00 hr

Commissioner Decisions Update

Hear an update on Commissioner of Education decisions from the past year.

Mark P. Tilley, Texas Association of School Boards - Austin, TX

9:30 am

0.50 hr

Recent Developments from the Attorney General's Office

Survey the latest Attorney General opinions, open records decisions, and open meetings guidance applicable to Texas schools.

Sierra Del Fisher, Karczewski Bradshaw LLP - Beaumont, TX

10:00 am
Break

10:15 am

0.75 hr

A Future Look at EEOC Emerging Issues

Hear a succinct overview of issues important to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission including eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring, protecting vulnerable workers, preventing systemic harassment, wellness initiatives, gender stereotyping, social media, new forms of retaliation and harassment, and other emerging topics in the Strategic Enforcement Plan for Fiscal Years 2017-2021.

Joe Bontke, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Houston, TX

11:00 am

0.75 hr

T‑TESS and T‑PESS Update: A Practicum of Everyday Challenges to These New Appraisal Systems

Discuss feedback from respective clients on challenges they face as they navigate these new appraisal systems, and get suggestions for avoiding wasteful days in conflict.  

Jefferson K. Brim III, Brim, Robinett, Cantu & Brim, P.C. - Austin, TX
Merri Schneider-Vogel, Thompson & Horton LLP - Houston, TX

11:45 am

0.50 hr

Collision of Individual Rights

Student speech, service animals in classrooms, and managing dangerous behaviors—learn to navigate the contentious intersection of individual rights in the school setting.

Eric G. Rodriguez, Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C. - San Antonio, TX

12:15 pm

Austin Only

Lunch On Your Own

Thursday Afternoon

Presiding Officer:
Ellen H. Spalding, Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. - Houston, TX

1:30 pm

0.50 hr

Best Practices for Working with Transgender Students

Gain practical guidance for working with students, staff, school boards, and community members on the multi-faceted issues related to transgender students.

Marney Collins Sims, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD - Houston, TX

2:00 pm

0.50 hr

There Is No Escaping Special Education Issues for the School District Attorney

Discuss the vocabulary, issues, regulations, and key cases about which all school attorneys should be aware.

Jim Walsh, Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C. - Austin, TX

2:30 pm

0.50 hr

FLSA Update

Take a look at the Department of Labor’s recent changes to the overtime regulations and their expected impact. Explore how school districts frequently run afoul of the FLSA, practical tips to minimize liability exposure, and creative options available to school districts under the statute.  

Caitlin Holland Sewell, Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. - Houston, TX

3:00 pm

0.50 hr

EEOC: Arrested Developments 

Hear an overview of the EEOC's Enforcement Guidance on Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII. Learn how the guidance affects hiring decisions and how school districts can ensure they stay on the right side of the law.  

Leah Robertson, Midland ISD - Midland, TX

3:30 pm
Break

3:45 pm

0.50 hr

The Importance of the Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies Doctrine

Gain insight into the exhaustion of administrative remedies doctrine, including its exceptions and application during the grievance process and state court litigation.

Juan J. Cruz, J. Cruz & Associates, LLC - Laredo, TX

4:15 pm

0.50 hr

Financing, Purchasing and Selling Property

Real estate transactions can trigger unique procedural and legal requirements for school districts and charter schools. Review requirements, best practices, and pitfalls of which every school lawyer should be aware when financing, purchasing, or selling real property interests.  

Michelle Regal Morris, Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. - Houston, TX

4:45 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Navigating through the SBEC Educator’s Code of Ethics

Survey the provisions of Texas Administrative Code § 247.2, including disciplinary proceedings and sanctions and a review of recent cases.  

This session has moved to Friday at 1:50 p.m.

Augustin Rivera Jr., Del Mar College District - Corpus Christi, TX

5:30 pm
Adjourn

Friday Morning

Presiding Officer:
Fred A. Stormer III, Underwood Law Firm, P.C. - Amarillo, TX

7:30 am

Austin Only

Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

0.75 hr

Teachers Say The Darnedest Things—Again

Hear a school district attorney’s and a school employee attorney’s perspectives on the First Amendment line between school employees' speech as public employees and private citizens.

Michael J. Currie, Texas Classroom Teachers Association - Austin, TX
Christopher B. Gilbert, Thompson & Horton LLP - Houston, TX

9:15 am

0.75 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Conducting School Investigations That Result in Useable Findings, On Time, and Within Budget

Learn tips and best practices in conducting investigations, including evidentiary issues, information gathering, and reporting. Also, review ethics considerations, including privilege, conflicts, and more.

Giana Ortiz, The Ortiz Law Firm - Arlington, TX
Corey E. Tanner, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Austin, TX
Ronnie Paiz Garcia, Underwood - Lubbock, TX

10:00 am

0.50 hr

Cameras in the Classroom

Review the new Texas Education Code provision requiring the installation and operation of cameras in certain self-contained special education classrooms. Discuss the relevant Commissioner’s rules and recent Attorney General opinion, gain practical application tips, and understand FERPA implications.

Nona C. Matthews, Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C. - Irving, TX

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.75 hr

Settlement Agreements for the 21st Century

Explore whether it is time to update and rethink how settlement agreements are written. An employer and an employee lawyer share their thoughts on resolving conflicts and how improvements may be made.  

Kevin F. Lungwitz, The Lungwitz Law Firm, P.C. - Austin, TX
Lisa R. McBride, Thompson & Horton LLP - Houston, TX

11:30 am

0.50 hr

Discrimination and Student Discipline

Schools are increasingly focused on maintaining safe school environments while avoiding any illegal discrimination or claims of illegal discrimination. Discuss alternative discipline techniques, the role of the Campus Behavior Coordinator, and other methods of using student discipline data to achieve optimal environments.

Lynn Rossi Scott, Brackett & Ellis, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX

12:00 pm

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration. 

Friday Afternoon

Presiding Officer:
Fred A. Stormer III, Underwood Law Firm, P.C. - Amarillo, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:20 pm

0.75 hr

Every Student Succeeds Act Update

Hear an overview of the new federal law and an explanation of the major changes that impact Texas school districts, including the latest updates from the Department of Education and the Texas Education Agency regarding transitions and key state decisions.

Jasmine Wightman, Texas Association of School Boards, Inc - Austin, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:20 pm

0.50 hr

Reasonable Accommodations: A Discussion of Logistics and Practical Implications

Get practical tips on handling accommodation requests, including tips for working with health care providers, from the perspective of a former General Counsel turned Human Resources Administrator.  

Cynthia Rincón, Fort Worth ISD - Fort Worth, TX

1:50 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Conflicts, Ethics and Slippery Slopes

Taxpayer, parent, spouse, school board member—a school lawyer can hold many roles. Examine the potential conflicts of interest that can arise for school law attorneys.

This session has moved to Thursday at 4:45 p.m.

Amanda Moore, Texas State Teachers Association - Austin, TX
Janet Sobey Bubert, Underwood Law, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX

2:35 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2017 School Law Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Joe Bontke
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Houston, TX
Jefferson K. Brim III
Brim, Robinett, Cantu & Brim, P.C.
Austin, TX
Janet Sobey Bubert
Underwood Law, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX
Juan J. Cruz
J. Cruz & Associates, LLC
Laredo, TX
Michael J. Currie
Texas Classroom Teachers Association
Austin, TX
Sierra Del Fisher
Karczewski Bradshaw LLP
Beaumont, TX
Ronnie Paiz Garcia
Underwood
Lubbock, TX
Christopher B. Gilbert
Thompson & Horton LLP
Houston, TX
Kevin F. Lungwitz
The Lungwitz Law Firm, P.C.
Austin, TX
Nona C. Matthews
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C.
Irving, TX
Lisa R. McBride
Thompson & Horton LLP
Houston, TX
Amanda Moore
Texas State Teachers Association
Austin, TX
Michelle Regal Morris
Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Giana Ortiz
The Ortiz Law Firm
Arlington, TX
Cynthia Rincón
Fort Worth ISD
Fort Worth, TX
Augustin Rivera Jr.
Del Mar College District
Corpus Christi, TX
Leah Robertson
Midland ISD
Midland, TX
Eric G. Rodriguez
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C.
San Antonio, TX
Merri Schneider-Vogel
Thompson & Horton LLP
Houston, TX
Lynn Rossi Scott
Brackett & Ellis, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX
Caitlin Holland Sewell
Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Marney Collins Sims
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Houston, TX
Corey E. Tanner
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Austin, TX
Mark P. Tilley
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Jim Walsh
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C.
Austin, TX
Jasmine Wightman
Texas Association of School Boards, Inc
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Ellen H. Spalding—Co-Chair
Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Fred A. Stormer III—Co-Chair
Underwood Law Firm, P.C.
Amarillo, TX
Jefferson K. Brim III
Brim, Robinett, Cantu & Brim, P.C.
Austin, TX
Shellie Hoffman Crow
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C.
Austin, TX
Juan J. Cruz
J. Cruz & Associates, LLC
Laredo, TX
Bryan P. Dahlberg
Schulman Lopez & Hoffer LLP
San Antonio, TX
Donna Derryberry
Association of Texas Professional Educators
Austin, TX
Sierra Del Fisher
Karczewski Bradshaw LLP
Beaumont, TX
Christopher B. Gilbert
Thompson & Horton LLP
Houston, TX
Andrea Slater Gulley
Amarillo Independent School District
Amarillo, TX
Wayne D. Haglund
Haglund Law Firm, P.C.
Lufkin, TX
Jennifer L. Hall
Escamilla & Poneck, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Roger D. Hepworth
The Fowler Law Firm
Austin, TX
Elneita Hutchins-Taylor
Houston Independent School District
Houston, TX
Julie Leahy
Texas Classroom Teachers Association
Austin, TX
Kevin F. Lungwitz
The Lungwitz Law Firm, P.C.
Austin, TX
Marquette M. Maresh
Marquette Legal
Austin, TX
Mia M. Martin
Richardson Independent School District
Richardson, TX
Leticia D. McGowan
Dallas Independent School District
Dallas, TX
Mari M. McGowan
Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C.
McKinney, TX
Amanda Moore
Texas State Teachers Association
Austin, TX
Thomas E. "Tom" Myers
Brackett & Ellis, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX
Laura O'Leary
Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt and Kutchin
Dallas, TX
S. Anthony Safi
Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, P.C.
El Paso, TX
Deborah Salzberg
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Marney Collins Sims
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Houston, TX
Mark P. Tilley
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Holly Boyd Wardell
Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C.
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2017 School Law Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Administrative Law, Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
Additional Information
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
California
12.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Oklahoma
15.00 hrs  |  2.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Other States
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

Other Credit

TX Accounting CPE
15.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
TX School Board Member (TEA)

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Administrative Law, Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
Additional Information
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
California
12.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Oklahoma
15.00 hrs  |  2.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Other States
12.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour. 

Other Credit

TX Accounting CPE
15.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
TX School Board Member (TEA)
12.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics

UT Law CLE

2017 School Law Conference

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Feb 22, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for School District Employee early registration: Feb 23, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for State Employee early registration: Feb 22, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Feb 17, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 20, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Feb 17, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 20, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2017 School Law Conference

Hotel / Venue

Austin

AT&T Conference Center

The University of Texas at Austin
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX
877.744.8822 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

Special Room Rate: $185
good through February 8, 2017
reference "2017 School Law Conference"
(subject to availability) 

Parking Information

Free daily self-parking at UT garages. Separate fees apply for valet and overnight parking.