University of Texas School of Law
34th Annual
School Law Conference
Austin Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2019 AT&T Conference Center
$525 Individual  |  $575 after Feb 22
$450 School District Employee  |  $500 after Feb 22
Live Webcast Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2019
$475 Individual
$400 School District Employee

UT Law CLE

2019 School Law Conference

Program Features
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.
  • 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.

UT Law CLE

2019 School Law Conference

12/10/18
Schedule

Thursday Morning, Feb. 28, 2019

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

7:30 am

Austin Only

Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:20 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

0.75 hr

Commissioner Decisions Update

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

Leslie R. Story, Texas Association of School Boards - Austin, TX

9:15 am

0.50 hr

Attorney General Update

Explore highlights from the various opinions of our Texas attorney general that impact schools, educators, and education.

Dennis J. Eichelbaum, Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C. - Plano, TX

9:45 am

0.50 hr

Reassignments and Mid-Year Changes in Pay

Survey the legal and practical considerations around when and how school districts can reassign employees during the school year, including changes to their compensation.

Brandon Y. Brim, Brim, Robinett, Cantu & Brim, P.C. - Austin, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

1.00 hr

Districts of Innovation: Frightening or Freedom

Hear a school district general counsel and an attorney for teachers discuss Districts of Innovation and the impact Innovation Plans have had on schools and teachers.

Amanda Marie Bigbee, Keller ISD - Keller, TX
Julie Leahy, Texas Classroom Teachers Association - Austin, TX

11:30 am

1.00 hr

Complaint Management in the #MeToo Era

In a rapidly changing social and legal environment, it can be difficult to know how to best proceed when faced with complaints of sexual harassment. Get practical guidance on managing these complaints in this volatile environment.

Cory Rush, Karczewski Bradshaw Spalding - Houston, TX

12:30 pm

Austin Only

Lunch on Your Own (in Austin)

Thursday Afternoon, Feb. 28, 2019

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

2:00 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Dealing with Vexing Stakeholders

If everyone behaved we would not even need lawyers. But what are a lawyer’s ethical obligations when a client or party goes over the line? Examine the unique challenges employees, parents, and school board members can pose.

Janet Sobey Bubert, Underwood Law, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX
Robert A. Schulman, Schulman, Lopez & Hoffer, LLP - San Antonio, TX
Paul Tapp, Association of Texas Professional Educators - Austin, TX

3:00 pm

0.75 hr

The Crossroads: Section 504, the ADA, and Chapter 21

Compare the causes of action for employment discrimination based on disability under Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code, and survey recent developments in Section 504 student litigation.

S. Anthony Safi, Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, P.C. - El Paso, TX
Laura O'Leary, Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt and Kutchin - Dallas, TX

3:45 pm
Break

4:00 pm

0.50 hr

Managing Student Protest Logistics

The past year has seen a sharp increase in the number, size, and variety of student protests, and the logistics of these protests can create serious challenges for administrators. Explore ways to balance student protest rights with the practical needs of administration.

Christopher B. Gilbert, Thompson & Horton LLP - Houston, TX

4:30 pm

1.00 hr

Behavioral Threat Assessment: Preventing Threats in Advance

Hear from a panel of experts on effective mental health screening programs and psychological service delivery models aimed at preventing threats in schools.

Cassandra Hulsey, Round Rock ISD - Round Rock, TX
John "JJ" Jones, Texas Department of Public Safety - Austin, TX
Billy U. Philips Jr., Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Lubbock, TX

5:30 pm
Adjourn

Austin Only

Networking Reception (in Austin from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres with program faculty and attendees.

Friday Morning, Mar. 1, 2019

Presiding Officer:
Marney Collins Sims, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District - Houston, TX

7:30 am

Austin Only

Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

1.00 hr

What You're Missing: Emerging Issues in Contracts

Ensure that your contracts contain mandatory provisions recently prescribed under both Texas and federal law, including language addressing student data privacy, accessibility, Boycott Israel, and provisions required under 2 CFR Part 200 for federally-funded purchases. Also, discuss the rollout of the 2017 AIA design and construction contract forms, and how to best transition your district through the conversion process.

Micki Morris, Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. - Houston, TX
Coby Wilbanks, Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. - Houston, TX

9:30 am

0.75 hr

Garrity Rights in Investigations

Internal and administrative investigations within a public school bring with them unique due process restrictions. Are you prepared?

Ellen H. Spalding, Karczewski Bradshaw Spalding - Houston, TX
Christopher L. Tritico, Tritico Rainey, PLLC - Houston, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.75 hr

Communication for the Man-Made Crisis

In recent years much has been made of the need for effective communication amidst natural disasters. But what happens when the disaster is man-made? From accidents to school shootings, learn how to manage communication when people are the cause.

Andrea Slater Gulley, Amarillo Independent School District - Amarillo, TX
D. Craig Wood, Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C. - San Antonio, TX

11:15 am

0.50 hr

Community Colleges

Texas community colleges are an integral component of the state’s education system. Learn about community colleges, the students they serve, the programs they offer, and select legal issues they face.

Amy Magee, Texas Association of School Boards - Austin, TX

11:45 am

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch (in Austin)

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon, Mar. 1, 2019

Presiding Officer:
Marney Collins Sims, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District - Houston, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:05 pm

0.75 hr

The View from Washington

Get a national perspective on current issues from the Managing Director for Legal Advocacy at the National School Boards Association.

Sonja Trainor, National School Boards Association - Alexandria, VA

 
12:50 pm
Break

1:05 pm

0.50 hr

Special Education Corrective Action Imposed on TEA and Districts

The Department of Education has determined that Texas violated the “child find” requirement in I.D.E.A. As a result, Texas is now implementing a corrective action plan. Take a look at the practical implications of this for school districts and school lawyers.

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

1:35 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Everyday Strategies for Avoiding Professional Misconduct

Explore easy, common sense techniques that you can employ in your law practice to steer clear of legal malpractice, breaches of fiduciary duty, and findings of professional misconduct. A timely and important ethics tune‑up that you won’t want to miss.

Scott Rothenberg, Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg - Houston, TX

2:35 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2019 School Law Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Amanda Marie Bigbee
Keller ISD
Keller, TX
Brandon Y. Brim
Brim, Robinett, Cantu & Brim, P.C.
Austin, TX
Janet Sobey Bubert
Underwood Law, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX
Dennis J. Eichelbaum
Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C.
Plano, TX
Christopher B. Gilbert
Thompson & Horton LLP
Houston, TX
Andrea Slater Gulley
Amarillo Independent School District
Amarillo, TX
Cassandra Hulsey
Round Rock ISD
Round Rock, TX
John "JJ" Jones
Texas Department of Public Safety
Austin, TX
Julie Leahy
Texas Classroom Teachers Association
Austin, TX
Amy Magee
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Micki Morris
Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Laura O'Leary
Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt and Kutchin
Dallas, TX
Billy U. Philips Jr.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Lubbock, TX
Scott Rothenberg
Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg
Houston, TX
Cory Rush
Karczewski Bradshaw Spalding
Houston, TX
S. Anthony Safi
Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, P.C.
El Paso, TX
Robert A. Schulman
Schulman, Lopez & Hoffer, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Ellen H. Spalding
Karczewski Bradshaw Spalding
Houston, TX
Leslie R. Story
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Paul Tapp
Association of Texas Professional Educators
Austin, TX
Sonja Trainor
National School Boards Association
Alexandria, VA
Christopher L. Tritico
Tritico Rainey, PLLC
Houston, TX
Jim Walsh
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C.
Austin, TX
Coby Wilbanks
Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
D. Craig Wood
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C.
San Antonio, TX

Planning Committee

Mark P. Tilley—Chair
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Marney Collins Sims—Vice-Chair
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Houston, TX
Deborah Salzberg—Director
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Jefferson K. Brim III
Brim, Robinett, Cantu & Brim, P.C.
Austin, TX
Von Byer
Texas Education Agency
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
Allan S. Graves
Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C.
Grapevine, TX
Andrea Slater Gulley
Amarillo Independent School District
Amarillo, TX
Wesley E. Johnson
Escamilla & Poneck, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Julie Leahy
Texas Classroom Teachers Association
Austin, 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
Joey W. Moore
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C.
Austin, TX
Micki Morris
Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Susan Morrison
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Austin, TX
Laura O'Leary
Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt and Kutchin
Dallas, TX
Giana Ortiz
The Ortiz Law Firm
Arlington, TX
S. Anthony Safi
Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, P.C.
El Paso, TX
Ellen H. Spalding
Karczewski Bradshaw Spalding
Houston, TX
Fred A. Stormer III
Underwood Law Firm, P.C.
Amarillo, TX
Leslie R. Story
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Holly Boyd Wardell
Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C.
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2019 School Law Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.25 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
12.25 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) – Expected
12.25 hrs

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.25 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
12.25 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 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) – Expected
12.25 hrs

UT Law CLE

2019 School Law Conference

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Feb 22, 2019
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for School District Employee early registration: Feb 22, 2019
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Feb 22, 2019
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 25, 2019
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Feb 22, 2019
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 25, 2019
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2019 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

Registration for the Conference is required to book a room at the AT&T Conference Center using the room block rate. After completing your registration, you will receive a link and code to book your room.

Parking Information

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

UT Law CLE

2019 School Law Conference

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