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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.
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Total Credit Hours:
11.25 | 2.25 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Administrative Law | Civil Appellate Law | Civil Trial Law | Labor and Employment Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2021

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$475  

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1. Commissioner Decisions Update (Mar 2020)

Mark P. Tilley

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Video (mp4) 47 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Paper (pdf) 24 pgs
Slides (pdf) 37 pgs

SESSION 1 — 47 mins, credit 0.75

Session 1:

Commissioner Decisions Update (Mar 2020)

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

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

2. Office of the Attorney General Update (Mar 2020)

Andrew Tatgenhorst

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Video (mp4) 23 mins
Audio (mp3) 23 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 2 — 23 mins, credit 0.25

Session 2:

Office of the Attorney General Update (Mar 2020)

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

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

3. High Level Courts and Special Education (Mar 2020)

Nona C. Matthews

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Video (mp4) 49 mins
Audio (mp3) 49 mins
Slides (pdf) 26 pgs

SESSION 3 — 49 mins, credit 0.75

Session 3:

High Level Courts and Special Education (Mar 2020)

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

4. Shared Services Agreements After SB1376: Dead or Alive? (Mar 2020)

Sarah Langlois

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Video (mp4) 20 mins
Audio (mp3) 20 mins
Paper (pdf) 10 pgs
Slides (pdf) 19 pgs

SESSION 4 — 20 mins, credit 0.25

Session 4:

Shared Services Agreements After SB1376: Dead or Alive? (Mar 2020)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

Sarah Langlois, Karczewski Bradshaw Spalding - Houston, TX

5. School Safety from the School and Parent Point of View (Mar 2020)

Hans P. Graff, Joy S. Baskin, Susan H. Soto

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Video (mp4) 69 mins
Audio (mp3) 68 mins
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 5 — 69 mins, credit 1.25

Session 5:

School Safety from the School and Parent Point of View (Mar 2020)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

6. Temporary Custodian Law (Mar 2020)

Leticia D. McGowan

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Video (mp4) 35 mins
Audio (mp3) 35 mins
Paper (pdf) 17 pgs
Slides (pdf) 25 pgs

SESSION 6 — 35 mins, credit 0.50

Session 6:

Temporary Custodian Law (Mar 2020)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

7. “Do Not Hire” Registry (Mar 2020)

Laura Moriaty, David Rodriguez

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Slides (pdf) 22 pgs

SESSION 7 — 30 mins, credit 0.50

Session 7:

“Do Not Hire” Registry (Mar 2020)

As part of HB3 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 individuals on the registry.

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

8. Can I Accept It?: Texas Gift Laws for School Districts (Mar 2020)

Anne Temple Peters

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Video (mp4) 39 mins
Audio (mp3) 38 mins
Slides (pdf) 31 pgs

SESSION 8 — 39 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.75 ethics

Session 8:

Can I Accept It?: Texas Gift Laws for School Districts (Mar 2020)

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

Anne Temple Peters, Texas Ethics Commission - Austin, TX

9. Quid Pro No: School Officials and Conflicts of Interest  (Mar 2020)

Christie L. Hobbs, John M. Hopkins

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Video (mp4) 49 mins
Audio (mp3) 49 mins
Paper (pdf) 14 pgs
Slides (pdf) 30 pgs

SESSION 9 — 49 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.50 ethics

Session 9:

Quid Pro No: School Officials and Conflicts of Interest  (Mar 2020)

This lively ethics session explores gifts, bribes, and marketing when school purchases are on the line. The presentation includes consideration of reporting requirements and ethical dilemmas that may arise for in-house and outside legal counsel.      

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

10. Election Convection: Maybe You’ve Heard... (Mar 2020)

Kevin F. Lungwitz

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Paper (pdf) 38 pgs
Slides (pdf) 16 pgs

SESSION 10 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 10:

Election Convection: Maybe You’ve Heard... (Mar 2020)

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?

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

11. Can They Really Say That About Me? (Mar 2020)

James M. Whitton, Thomas J. Williams

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Video (mp4) 40 mins
Audio (mp3) 40 mins
Paper (pdf) 21 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 11 — 40 mins, credit 0.75

Session 11:

Can They Really Say That About Me? (Mar 2020)

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?

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

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

Wesley E. Johnson

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 12 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 12:

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

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.

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

13. Governmental Immunity (Mar 2020)

Jonathan Griffin Brush

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Video (mp4) 42 mins
Audio (mp3) 42 mins
Paper (pdf) 34 pgs
Slides (pdf) 18 pgs

SESSION 13 — 42 mins, credit 0.75

Session 13:

Governmental Immunity (Mar 2020)

An update on caselaw reflecting developments in, and evolving challenges to, the immunity doctrine. Discussion includes recent cases, immunity in the contract context, ultra vires actions, and possible changes in the judicial attitude towards immunity.

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

14. Beware the Trademark Trolls Lurking around the Schoolhouse (Mar 2020)

Joe Hoffer

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Paper (pdf) 27 pgs
Slides (pdf) 20 pgs

SESSION 14 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 14:

Beware the Trademark Trolls Lurking around the Schoolhouse (Mar 2020)

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, and work made for hire and fair use.

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

15. ​The Disciplinary Process (Mar 2020)

Judith Gres DeBerry

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Video (mp4) 40 mins
Audio (mp3) 40 mins
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 15 — 40 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.75 ethics

Session 15:

​The Disciplinary Process (Mar 2020)

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

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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

16. SOAH 101: A School Lawyer’s Guide (Mar 2020)

Amanda Moore

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Video (mp4) 48 mins
Audio (mp3) 48 mins
Paper (pdf) 38 pgs
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 16 — 48 mins, credit 0.75

Session 16:

SOAH 101: A School Lawyer’s Guide (Mar 2020)

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. 

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

Amanda Moore, Texas State Teachers Association - Austin, TX

17. So You’ve Been Sued?: What's Next (Mar 2020)

Juan J. Cruz

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 17 — 30 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.25 ethics

Session 17:

So You’ve Been Sued?: What's Next (Mar 2020)

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

Originally presented at: Feb 2020 School Law Conference

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