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2019 School Law eConference

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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.
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Total Credit Hours:
12.00 | 2.00 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Administrative Law | Civil Appellate Law | Civil Trial Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2020

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

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1. Commissioner Decisions Update (Mar 2019)

Leslie R. Story

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Video (mp4) 47 mins
Audio (mp3) 47 mins
Paper (pdf) 22 pgs
Slides (pdf) 45 pgs

SESSION 1 — 47 mins, credit 0.75

Session 1:

Commissioner Decisions Update (Mar 2019)

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

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

2. Attorney General Update (Mar 2019)

Dennis J. Eichelbaum

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Video (mp4) 27 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Paper (pdf) 28 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 2 — 27 mins, credit 0.50

Session 2:

Attorney General Update (Mar 2019)

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

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

3. Reassignments and Mid-Year Changes in Pay (Mar 2019)

Brandon Y. Brim

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Video (mp4) 33 mins
Audio (mp3) 33 mins
Paper (pdf) 17 pgs
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 3 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 3:

Reassignments and Mid-Year Changes in Pay (Mar 2019)

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

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

4. Districts of Innovation: Frightening or Freedom (Mar 2019)

Amanda Marie Bigbee, Julie Leahy

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Video (mp4) 60 mins
Audio (mp3) 59 mins
Paper (pdf)
Paper (pdf) 10 pgs
Slides (pdf) 16 pgs

SESSION 4 — 60 mins, credit 1.00

Session 4:

Districts of Innovation: Frightening or Freedom (Mar 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

5. Complaint Management in the #MeToo Era (Mar 2019)

Cory Rush

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Video (mp4) 59 mins
Audio (mp3) 59 mins
Paper (pdf) 29 pgs
Slides (pdf) 23 pgs

SESSION 5 — 59 mins, credit 1.00

Session 5:

Complaint Management in the #MeToo Era (Mar 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

Cory Rush, Karczewski Bradshaw Spalding - Houston, TX

6. Dealing with Vexing Stakeholders (Mar 2019)

Janet Sobey Bubert, Robert A. Schulman, Paul Tapp

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Video (mp4) 61 mins
Audio (mp3) 60 mins
Paper (pdf) 15 pgs
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Paper (pdf) 18 pgs
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 6 — 61 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 6:

Dealing with Vexing Stakeholders (Mar 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

7. The Crossroads: Section 504, the ADA, and Chapter 21 (Mar 2019)

S. Anthony Safi, Laura O'Leary

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 15 pgs
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SESSION 7 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 7:

The Crossroads: Section 504, the ADA, and Chapter 21 (Mar 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

8. Managing Student Protest Logistics (Mar 2019)

Christopher B. Gilbert

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs
Slides (pdf) 17 pgs

SESSION 8 — 30 mins, credit 0.50

Session 8:

Managing Student Protest Logistics (Mar 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

9. Behavioral Threat Assessment: Preventing Threats in Advance (Mar 2019)

Cassandra Hulsey, John "JJ" Jones, Billy U. Philips Jr.

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Video (mp4) 54 mins
Audio (mp3) 52 mins
Paper (pdf) 2 pgs
Slides (pdf) 23 pgs

SESSION 9 — 54 mins, credit 1.00

Session 9:

Behavioral Threat Assessment: Preventing Threats in Advance (Mar 2019)

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

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

10. What You're Missing: Emerging Issues in Contracts (Mar 2019)

Micki Morris, Coby Wilbanks

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Video (mp4) 52 mins
Audio (mp3) 51 mins
Paper (pdf) 18 pgs
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 10 — 52 mins, credit 0.75

Session 10:

What You're Missing: Emerging Issues in Contracts (Mar 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

11. Garrity Rights in Investigations (Mar 2019)

Ellen H. Spalding, Christopher L. Tritico

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Video (mp4) 47 mins
Audio (mp3) 47 mins
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Paper (pdf) 7 pgs
Slides (pdf) 21 pgs

SESSION 11 — 47 mins, credit 0.75

Session 11:

Garrity Rights in Investigations (Mar 2019)

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

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

12. Communication for the Man-Made Crisis (Mar 2019)

Andrea Slater Gulley, D. Craig Wood

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 21 pgs
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 12 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 12:

Communication for the Man-Made Crisis (Mar 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

13. Community Colleges (Mar 2019)

Amy Magee

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Paper (pdf) 15 pgs
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 13 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 13:

Community Colleges (Mar 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

14. The View from Washington (Mar 2019)

Sonja Trainor

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Slides (pdf) 29 pgs

SESSION 14 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 14:

The View from Washington (Mar 2019)

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

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

Sonja Trainor, National School Boards Association - Alexandria, VA

15. Special Education Corrective Action Imposed on TEA and Districts (Mar 2019)

Jim Walsh

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Paper (pdf) 8 pgs
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 15 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 15:

Special Education Corrective Action Imposed on TEA and Districts (Mar 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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

16. Everyday Strategies for Avoiding Professional Misconduct (Mar 2019)

Scott Rothenberg

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Video (mp4) 59 mins
Audio (mp3) 58 mins
Paper (pdf) 37 pgs
Slides (pdf) 48 pgs

SESSION 16 — 59 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 16:

Everyday Strategies for Avoiding Professional Misconduct (Mar 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2019 School Law Conference

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