University of Texas School of Law
33rd Annual
School Law Conference
Austin Feb 22-23, 2018 AT&T Conference Center
$575 Individual
$475 School District Employee
Live Webcast Feb 22-23, 2018
$445 Individual
$345 School District Employee

UT Law CLE

2018 School Law Conference

Program Features
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.

UT Law CLE

2018 School Law Conference

2/24/18
Schedule

Thursday Morning

Presiding Officer:
Julie Leahy, Texas Classroom Teachers Association - Austin, TX

7:30 am

Austin Only

Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:35 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:45 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

9:45 am

0.50 hr

Recent Opinions Issued by the Attorney General

Review recent opinions issued by the Texas Attorney General that may affect public schools and school law.

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

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

1.00 hr

In Case of Emergency: A Legal Toolkit for Disaster Preparedness

Disaster is brewing … What do you do to prepare (if you have time)? And how do you quickly get operations back to normal after it hits? Explore the legal and practical issues of disaster preparedness and recovery from an operations and employment standpoint. Using recent disasters as a guide (wildfires, man-made fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, etc), examine lessons learned and get helpful tips.  

Merri Schneider-Vogel, Thompson & Horton LLP - Houston, TX
Ellen H. Spalding, Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. - Houston, TX

11:30 am

1.00 hr

Advice From the Inside: Preparing for and Dealing with Student Issues that Follow Catastrophic Events

When disaster strikes, school districts serve as a port in the storm for students and the wider-community in crisis. Hear practical advice regarding legal issues to raise and steps to take before, during, and after a catastrophic event to support students, the mission of the school district, and stay #StudentStrong.  

Justin R. Graham, Katy Independent School District - Katy, TX
Stephanie Maher, Humble Independent School District - Humble, TX

12:30 pm

Austin Only

Lunch On Your Own

Thursday Afternoon

Presiding Officer:
Julie Leahy, Texas Classroom Teachers Association - Austin, TX

1:45 pm

0.50 hr

Immigration Issues Affecting Public School Districts

Survey established case law on the service of undocumented students in public schools, and explore several key issues related to the service of undocumented students, including student privacy laws, student documentation requests, and federal immigration enforcement efforts in schools. 

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

2:15 pm

0.50 hr

Partners in Education: The Parent/Educator Relationship

Teachers and administrators work as partners with parents to ensure a positive educational experience for students. Discuss the pros and cons of informal communications between educators and parents, such as texting and the use of online programs, as well as tips for helping school employees maintain a professional and effective relationship with parents.

Andrea Slater Gulley, Amarillo Independent School District - Amarillo, TX

2:45 pm

0.50 hr

An Overview of Unemployment Claims and Appeals

Survey unemployment compensation law in Texas and review who can file unemployment claims, the times during which claims can be filed, what the qualification and eligibility criteria are for receiving unemployment benefits, methods for appealing adverse rulings, best strategies for handling claim responses and appeals, and how an employer can qualify for chargeback protection.

William T. (Tommy) Simmons, Texas Workforce Commission - Austin, TX

3:15 pm

0.50 hr

Medical Privacy in the Workplace

Employees may be required to share private health information with their employers. Explore the various laws that impact the collection and handling of such information, including the ADA, FMLA, workers’ compensation, and HIPAA, and the best practices for complying.

Jennifer A. Powell, Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, PC - Austin, TX

3:45 pm
Break

4:00 pm

1.00 hr

What Happens in Vegas?

What happens when school employees or students engage in immoral or unseemly (noncriminal) conduct off campus? Examine legal issues that may come into play, including board policies, educator codes of ethics, and student codes of conduct.

Giana Ortiz, The Ortiz Law Firm - Arlington, TX
S. Anthony Safi, Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, P.C. - El Paso, TX

5:00 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

The Complaints You Won’t Hear

Teachers call their organizations and attorneys about many issues that don’t ever result in grievances. Hear from a teacher attorney about the complaints that the school board/school district won’t typically hear, but which are the basis for the majority of calls from unhappy teachers.

Paige Williams, Texas Classroom Teachers Association - Austin, TX

5:30 pm
Adjourn

Friday Morning

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

7:30 am

Austin Only

Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

0.75 hr

Civil Rights Litigation Update

Get updated on recent developments in Title IX and Section 504/ADA litigation involving schools, and hear about retaliation claims, recent appellate decisions, and liability issues currently on review before appellate courts.   

Thomas P. Brandt, Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C. - Dallas, TX

9:15 am

0.50 hr

Cyberbullying and the Impact of David's Law

Explore new developments to state law on bullying brought about S.B.179, David’s Law, and take a look at how cyberbullying and other aspects of bullying cases have been treated by the courts.

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

9:45 am

0.50 hr

Navigating the World of SBEC Disciplinary Hearings: Lessons Learned and Practice Tips

With allegations of educator misconduct on the rise, litigating educator disciplinary cases will likely become more common. Review current enforcement trends and sanctions issued by the agency, and get practical tips for litigating disciplinary matters.  

Joey W. Moore, Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. - Austin, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.75 hr

Under Attack! Minimizing the Risk and Mitigating the Impact of Cybercrime 

According to the FBI, schools and colleges are the hot new target for sophisticated cybercriminals. These crooks use a combination of new technology and old-fashioned con-artist techniques to steal millions of dollars and put sensitive data at risk. There are legal and practical steps a school can take to prevent and mitigate cybercrime. Learn about the most commonly employed cybercrime techniques and the steps your institution can take to minimize the risk and mitigate the impact of cyber-attacks.

Mari M. McGowan, Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C. - McKinney, TX
Brett Leatherman, Federal Bureau of Investigation - Dallas, TX

11:15 am

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Cybersecurity Planning

When (not if) a data breach occurs, will you be ready to respond? Learn the most important steps to take, key considerations, and essential tools to use in developing your incident response plan.

Henson Adams, Haynes and Boone, LLP - San Antonio, TX
Emily Westridge Black, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Austin, TX

11:45 am

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon

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

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:05 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Dealing with Rogue Board Members

When a board member is pursuing interests that are different from the rest of the board it can create inefficiencies and disharmony. Learn how a school district’s legal counsel can assist the district and the rest of the board in dealing with board members who are not all on the same page. 

Miles T. Bradshaw, Karczewski | Bradshaw, L.L.P. - Nacogdoches, TX
Leslie R. Story, Texas Association of School Boards - Austin, TX

 
12:35 pm
Break

12:50 pm

0.50 hr

Top 10 Hits of Legal Issues in Special Education in 2017

Service animals, transgender students, and Endrew F. are just a few of the most enlightening developments in special education law for 2017. Hear a Casey Kasem-style countdown covering the most recent and important court cases, due process hearing opinions, and legal developments that every school lawyer needs to know. Explore the latest changes in special education law and provide lessons learned as well as best practice tips you can use to steer your schools in the right direction away from the court room.

Dianna D. Bowen, Thompson & Horton LLP - Dallas, TX

1:20 pm

0.50 hr

Copyright

Copyright doesn’t come up daily in school practice, but when it does it can be befuddling. Take a short primer on copyright educational fair use, plus a discussion of some current school copyright law defensive actions.

Carol A. Simpson, Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C. - Plano, TX

1:50 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Ethics Jeopardy: Hollywood Edition 

Get ethics credit in a fun, interactive, game show format. Refresh your knowledge of the Texas Disciplinary Rules and learn about new ethics opinions through hypotheticals based on your favorite Hollywood movies. Plus, you will be able to use your cell phone or laptop to vote on the best answer to each ethical dilemma, with results displayed in real time. 

Adam T. Schramek, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX
Co-Author:
Nathan Damweber, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX

2:50 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2018 School Law Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Henson Adams
Haynes and Boone, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Christine Badillo
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C.
Austin, TX
Dianna D. Bowen
Thompson & Horton LLP
Dallas, TX
Miles T. Bradshaw
Karczewski | Bradshaw, L.L.P.
Nacogdoches, TX
Thomas P. Brandt
Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Juan J. Cruz
J. Cruz & Associates, LLC
Laredo, TX
Nathan Damweber
Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX
Justin R. Graham
Katy Independent School District
Katy, TX
Andrea Slater Gulley
Amarillo Independent School District
Amarillo, TX
Brett Leatherman
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Dallas, TX
Stephanie Maher
Humble Independent School District
Humble, TX
Mari M. McGowan
Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C.
McKinney, TX
Joey W. Moore
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C.
Austin, TX
Giana Ortiz
The Ortiz Law Firm
Arlington, TX
Jennifer A. Powell
Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, PC
Austin, TX
S. Anthony Safi
Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, P.C.
El Paso, TX
Merri Schneider-Vogel
Thompson & Horton LLP
Houston, TX
Adam T. Schramek
Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX
William T. (Tommy) Simmons
Texas Workforce Commission
Austin, TX
Carol A. Simpson
Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C.
Plano, TX
Ellen H. Spalding
Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Leslie R. Story
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Mark P. Tilley
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Haley Turner
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C.
Austin, TX
Emily Westridge Black
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Austin, TX
Paige Williams
Texas Classroom Teachers Association
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Mark P. Tilley—Co-Chair
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Julie Leahy—Co-Chair
Texas Classroom Teachers Association
Austin, TX
Deborah Salzberg—Director
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Miles T. Bradshaw
Karczewski | Bradshaw, L.L.P.
Nacogdoches, TX
Jefferson K. Brim III
Brim, Robinett, Cantu & Brim, P.C.
Austin, TX
Von Byer
Texas Education Agency
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
Christopher B. Gilbert
Thompson & Horton LLP
Houston, TX
Allan S. Graves
Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C.
Grapevine, TX
Andrea Slater Gulley
Amarillo Independent School District
Amarillo, TX
Wayne D. Haglund
Haglund Law Firm, P.C.
Lufkin, TX
Roger D. Hepworth
The Fowler Law Firm
Austin, TX
Elneita Hutchins-Taylor
Houston Independent School District
Houston, TX
Wesley E. Johnson
Escamilla & Poneck, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Kevin F. Lungwitz
The Lungwitz Law Firm, P.C.
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
Susan Morrison
O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo, PC
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
Marney Collins Sims
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Houston, TX
Ellen H. Spalding
Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Fred A. Stormer III
Underwood Law Firm, P.C.
Amarillo, TX
Holly Boyd Wardell
Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C.
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2018 School Law Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.50 hrs  |  1.75 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  |  1.75 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  |  2.00 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  |  1.75 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  |  1.75 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  |  2.00 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  |  1.75 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

UT Law CLE

2018 School Law Conference

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Feb 14, 2018
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for School District Employee early registration: Feb 14, 2018
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Feb 16, 2018
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 19, 2018
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Feb 16, 2018
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 19, 2018
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2018 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: $189 good through February 7, 2018. Reference "2018 UTCLE School Law Conference" when you call reservations or follow the link below.  (rate subject to availability) 

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