University of Texas School of Law
35th Annual
School Law Conference
Austin Feb 20-21, 2020 AT&T Conference Center
$525 Individual  |  $575 after Feb 12
$450 School District Employee  |  $500 after Feb 12
$475 Group (5-9 ppl)  |  $525 after Feb 12
$420 Group (10 or more ppl)  |  $470 after Feb 12
Live Webcast Feb 20-21, 2020
$475 Individual
$400 School District Employee
$430 Group (5-9 ppl)
$380 Group (10 or more ppl)
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UT Law CLE

2020 School Law Conference

Program Features
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.

UT Law CLE

2020 School Law Conference

11/16/19
Schedule

Thursday Morning, Feb. 20, 2020

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

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

9:15 am

0.50 hr

Office of the Attorney General Update

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

Andrew Tatgenhorst, The Underwood Law Firm, P.C. - Austin, TX

9:45 am

0.75 hr

High Level Courts and Special Education

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

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.50 hr

Shared Services Agreements After SB1376: Dead or Alive?

After SB1376 repealed TEC 29.007, which permitted school districts to enter into contracts to jointly operate special education programs, what’s a district to do now? Thankfully, there is an alternative vehicle for these types of arrangements.

Sarah Langlois, Karczewski Bradshaw Spalding - Houston, TX

11:15 am

1.00 hr

School Safety from the School and Parent Point of View

At a time schools are taking measures to address disparate punishment, bullying and excessive out of school suspensions, the Santa Fe and other mass-shooting incidents have focused federal and state attention on school safety, threat assessment and measures to address these concerns. The panel discusses these competing demands from a school district and from a parent attorney perspective in order to give a better understanding as school attorneys advise their clients.

Moderator:
Hans P. Graff, Sara Leon and Associates, LLC - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Joy S. Baskin, Texas Association of School Boards - Austin, TX
Susan H. Soto, Susan Soto Law, PLLC - Bellaire, TX

12:15 pm

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch (in Austin)

Included in registration.

Thursday Afternoon, Feb. 20, 2020

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

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:35 pm

0.75 hr

Temporary Custodian Law

What is your obligation to maintain or secure records about government business that were created on a privately-owned device of account? Learn about the changes in the law and best practices to ensure compliance.

Leticia D. McGowan, Dallas Independent School District - Dallas, TX

 
1:20 pm
Break

1:35 pm

0.50 hr

“Do Not Hire” Registry

As part of House Bill 3 and in order to address the issue of uncertified individuals working in public schools, the 86th Texas Legislature created a “Do Not Hire” registry. This presentation covers who is listed in the registry, the new reporting requirements for superintendents, directors and principals, the due process for reported employees, and the repercussions for schools and administrators that hire or refuse to fire people on the registry.

Laura Moriaty, Texas Education Agency - Austin, TX
David Rodriguez, Texas Education Agency - Austin, TX

2:05 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Can I Accept It?: Texas Gift Laws for School Districts

Hear an overview of the Texas Penal Code restrictions on gifts and benefits to school district officers and employees, including examples to help keep you out of trouble.

Ian M. Steusloff, Texas Ethics Commission - Austin, TX

2:50 pm

0.75 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Conflict of Interest

Christie L. Hobbs, Northwest ISD - Fort Worth, TX
John M. Hopkins, Thompson & Horton LLP - Houston, TX

3:35 pm
Adjourn

Austin Only

Networking Reception (in Austin from 3:35 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.)

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

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

Friday Morning, Feb. 21, 2020

Presiding Officer:
Mari M. McGowan, Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C. - McKinney, TX

7:30 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

0.75 hr

Election Convection: Maybe You’ve Heard...

People have begun to chat about the 2020 election. What are some of the rights and limitations on student and staff political speech, in what is sure to be a super-heated affair?

Kevin F. Lungwitz, The Lungwitz Law Firm, P.C. - Austin, TX

9:15 am

0.75 hr

Can They Really Say That About Me?

In today’s world of social media, what remedies, if any, do school officials and employees have for what is said about them? What risks do school officials and employees face and what immunities do they have when they say things about others?

James M. Whitton, Brackett & Ellis, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX
Thomas J. Williams, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Fort Worth, TX

10:00 am

0.50 hr

Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Go Back in the Water: 2020 Legal Issues involving Dress Codes and Uniforms

Legal challenges to school dress codes have begun to arise unexpectedly. This presentation discusses unique legal challenges and pitfalls to avoid as well as provides reminders regarding procedural mechanisms for the appropriate creation and challenge of campus and district-wide dress code decision-making.

Wesley E. Johnson, Escamilla & Poneck, LLP - San Antonio, TX

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.75 hr

Immunity

Jonathan Griffin Brush, Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. - Houston, TX

11:30 am

1.00 hr

What You Should Know Before Calling an SRO

School Resource Officers have been the subject of recent litigation and legislation. Hear an overview of legal issues about the involvement of SROs in elementary and secondary schools.

Holly B. Wardell, Eichelbaum, Wardell, Hansen, Powell & Muñoz, P.C. - Austin, TX

12:30 pm

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch (in Austin)

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon, Feb. 21, 2020

Presiding Officer:
Mari M. McGowan, Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C. - McKinney, TX

12:50 pm

0.75 hr

Beware the Trademark Trolls Lurking around the Schoolhouse

Hear an overview of intellectual property law and recent school-related IP litigation impacting school operations. Discuss the best practices and common areas of exposure, such as teacher web pages, school mascots and logos, curriculum programs and materials, work made for hire and fair use.

Joe Hoffer, Schulman, Lopez Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP - San Antonio, TX

1:35 pm
Break

1:50 pm

0.75 hr ethics

​The Disciplinary Process

This presentation covers the disciplinary process, some tips on responding to a grievance, and some of the common rule violations.

Judith Gres DeBerry, State Bar of Texas - Austin, TX

2:35 pm

0.75 hr

SOAH 101: A School Lawyer’s Guide

What happens when your case is referred to the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings? Explore the unique role that this agency has in adjudicating specific disputes that arise in school law and examine the legal issues that may arise during the process. 

Amanda Moore, Texas State Teachers Association - Austin, TX

3:20 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

So You’ve Been Sued?: What's Next

Best practices, ethics obligations, and ethical pitfalls to avoid when served with a lawsuit.

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

3:50 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2020 School Law Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Joy S. Baskin
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Jonathan Griffin Brush
Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Juan J. Cruz
J. Cruz & Associates, LLC
Laredo, TX
Judith Gres DeBerry
State Bar of Texas
Austin, TX
Hans P. Graff
Sara Leon and Associates, LLC
Houston, TX
Christie L. Hobbs
Northwest ISD
Fort Worth, TX
Joe Hoffer
Schulman, Lopez Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP
San Antonio, TX
John M. Hopkins
Thompson & Horton LLP
Houston, TX
Wesley E. Johnson
Escamilla & Poneck, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Sarah Langlois
Karczewski Bradshaw Spalding
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
Leticia D. McGowan
Dallas Independent School District
Dallas, TX
Amanda Moore
Texas State Teachers Association
Austin, TX
Laura Moriaty
Texas Education Agency
Austin, TX
David Rodriguez
Texas Education Agency
Austin, TX
Susan H. Soto
Susan Soto Law, PLLC
Bellaire, TX
Ian M. Steusloff
Texas Ethics Commission
Austin, TX
Andrew Tatgenhorst
The Underwood Law Firm, P.C.
Austin, TX
Mark P. Tilley
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Holly B. Wardell
Eichelbaum, Wardell, Hansen, Powell & Muñoz, P.C.
Austin, TX
James M. Whitton
Brackett & Ellis, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX
Thomas J. Williams
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Fort Worth, TX

Planning Committee

Marney Collins Sims—Chair
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Houston, TX
Mari M. McGowan—Vice-Chair
Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C.
McKinney, TX
Brandon Y. Brim
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 & Adelstein, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Donna Derryberry
Association of Texas Professional Educators
Austin, TX
Christopher B. Gilbert
Thompson & Horton LLP
Houston, TX
Andrea Slater Gulley
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C.
Amarillo, TX
Wayne D. Haglund
Haglund Law Firm, P.C.
Lufkin, TX
Cory S. Hartsfield
Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C.
Grapevine, 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
Amanda Moore
Texas State Teachers Association
Austin, TX
Micki Morris
Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Thomas E. "Tom" Myers
Brackett & Ellis, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX
Laura O'Leary
Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt and Kutchin
Dallas, TX
Giana Ortiz
The Ortiz Law Firm
Arlington, TX
Cory Rush
Karczewski Bradshaw Spalding
Houston, TX
S. Anthony Safi
Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, P.C.
El Paso, TX
Susan H. Soto
Susan Soto Law, PLLC
Bellaire, TX
Leslie R. Story
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Mark P. Tilley
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX
Jamie Turner
Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C.
Austin, TX
Holly B. Wardell
Eichelbaum, Wardell, Hansen, Powell & Muñoz, P.C.
Austin, TX
Paige Williams
Texas Classroom Teachers Association
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2020 School Law Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.75 hrs  |  2.25 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
12.75 hrs  |  2.25 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
15.50 hrs  |  3.00 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
15.50 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)
12.75 hrs

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.75 hrs  |  2.75 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
12.75 hrs  |  2.25 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
15.50 hrs  |  3.00 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 Credit

TX Accounting CPE
15.50 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)
12.75 hrs

UT Law CLE

2020 School Law Conference

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Feb 12, 2020
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for School District Employee early registration: Feb 12, 2020
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (5-9 ppl) early registration: Feb 12, 2020
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (10 or more ppl) early registration: Feb 12, 2020
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Feb 14, 2020
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 17, 2020
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Feb 14, 2020
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 17, 2020
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2020 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

The room block at the AT&T Conference Center has been exhausted. 

Nearby accommodations include:

Hampton Inn and Suites Austin at The University/Capitol

The DoubleTree Austin - University Area

Or visit: 
http://events.hotelsforhope.com/v6/?siteid=34298&CID=LONGHORN to search for a hotel 

Parking Information

Daily self-parking will be validated for the AT&T Conference Center garage or surrounding UT garages. Please note Dobie is not a UT garage and parking cannot be validated. Separate fees apply for valet and overnight parking.

UT Law CLE

2020 School Law Conference

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