University of Texas School of Law

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School Law Ethics 2017: The Educator's Code of Ethics and Slippery Ethical Slopes for School Law Practitioners

Session 1: Navigating through the SBEC Educator’s Code of Ethics – Survey the provisions of Texas Administrative Code § 247.2, including disciplinary proceedings and sanctions and a review of recent cases.   Session 2: Conflicts, Ethics and Slippery Slopes – Taxpayer, parent, spouse, school board member—a school lawyer can hold many roles. Examine the potential conflicts of interest that can arise for school law attorneys. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50 | 1.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 4/30/2018

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$80  

School Law Update 2017: Commissioner Decisions, Attorney General Developments, ESSA Updates, and T-TESS in Practice

Session 1: Commissioner Decisions Update – Hear an update on Commissioner of Education decisions from the past year.   Session 2: Recent Developments from the Attorney General's Office – Survey the latest Attorney General opinions, open records decisions, and open meetings guidance applicable to Texas schools.   Session 3: Every Student Succeeds Act Update – Hear an overview of the new federal law and an explanation of the major changes that impact Texas school districts, including the latest updates from the Department of Education and the Texas Education Agency regarding transitions and key state decisions.   Session 4: T‑TESS and T‑PESS Update: A Practicum of Everyday Challenges to These New Appraisal Systems – Discuss feedback from respective clients on challenges they face as they navigate these new appraisal systems, and get suggestions for avoiding wasteful days in conflict. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.75    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 4/30/2018

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Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$125  

School Law Update 2017: Teacher Rights, Hiring, and Firing

Session 1: Conducting School Investigations That Result in Useable Findings, On Time, and Within Budget – Learn tips and best practices in conducting investigations, including evidentiary issues, information gathering, and reporting. Also, review ethics considerations, including privilege, conflicts, and more.   Session 2: EEOC: Arrested Developments – Hear an overview of the EEOC's Enforcement Guidance on Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII. Learn how the guidance affects hiring decisions and how school districts can ensure they stay on the right side of the law.   Session 3: Teachers Say The Darnedest Things—Again – Hear a school district attorney’s and a school employee attorney’s perspectives on the First Amendment line between school employees' speech as public employees and private citizens.   Session 4: The Importance of the Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies Doctrine – Gain insight into the exhaustion of administrative remedies doctrine, including its exceptions and application during the grievance process and state court litigation. Session 5: Settlement Agreements for the 21st Century – Explore whether it is time to update and rethink how settlement agreements are written. An employer and an employee lawyer share their thoughts on resolving conflicts and how improvements may be made. more »

Total Credit Hours:
3.25 | 0.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 4/30/2018

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Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$145  

Student Rights in 2017: Transgender Students, Special Education, Cameras in the Classroom, and More

Session 1: Reasonable Accommodations: A Discussion of Logistics and Practical Implications – Get practical tips on handling accommodation requests, including tips for working with health care providers, from the perspective of a former General Counsel turned Human Resources Administrator.   Session 2: Collision of Individual Rights – Student speech, service animals in classrooms, and managing dangerous behaviors—learn to navigate the contentious intersection of individual rights in the school setting.   Session 3: Best Practices for Working with Transgender Students – Gain practical guidance for working with students, staff, school boards, and community members on the multi-faceted issues related to transgender students.   Session 4: There Is No Escaping Special Education Issues for the School District Attorney – Hear a discussion on the vocabulary, issues, regulations, and key cases about which all school attorneys should be aware. Session 5: Cameras in the Classroom – Review the new Texas Education Code provision requiring the installation and operation of cameras in certain self-contained special education classrooms. Listen to a discussion about the relevant Commissioner’s rules and recent Attorney General opinion, gain practical application tips, and understand FERPA implications.   Session 6: Discrimination and Student Discipline – Schools are increasingly focused on maintaining safe school environments while avoiding any illegal discrimination or claims of illegal discrimination. Listen to a discussion about alternative discipline techniques, the role of the Campus Behavior Coordinator, and other methods of using student discipline data to achieve optimal environments. more »

Total Credit Hours:
3.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 4/30/2018

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Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$135  

A Future Look at EEOC Emerging Issues

A succinct overview of issues important to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission including eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring, protecting vulnerable workers, preventing systemic harassment, wellness initiatives, gender stereotyping, social media, new forms of retaliation and harassment, and other emerging topics in the Strategic Enforcement Plan for Fiscal Years 2017-2021. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.75    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 4/30/2018

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Includes: Video Audio Slides

$50  

Attorney as Reporter of Suspected Child Abuse

A survey of state reporting laws, attorney's duty to report, failure to report and attorney-client privileges. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.50 | 0.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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$50  

Civil Rights on Campus: First Amendment Technology Issues Involving Students and Employees; plus Legal Issues Regarding Transgender Students and Employees

Session 1: Silencing Silent Speech: First Amendment Technology Issues Involving Students and Employees - In the wake of ubiquitous use of technology for communication, school districts increasingly face issues involving student and employee First Amendment concerns regarding "speech" in the form of tweets, posts, printed materials and even a retro-return of the most primitive form of communication—silence itself. Learn when and how discipline of students and employees for such speech is appropriate. Session 2: Legal Issues Regarding Transgender Students and Employees - Both the EEOC and OCR are breaking new ground on the legal rights of transgender students and employees under Title VII and Title IX respectively. An overview of the case law and legal issues related to "gender identity" and "gender-based" discrimination, as well as discussion of the practical challenges of implementing this evolving area of law. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$75  

Employment Issues in School Law

Session 1: What Schools Can Do, Aside from the Obvious, to Protect Themselves from Retaliation Claims - Texas takes a shotgun approach to prohibiting retaliation in the workplace, with several different statutes giving rise to distinct causes of action based on the nature of the protected activity. There are also several federal laws prohibiting retaliation of various sorts. Review the various types of protected activity and prohibited retaliation and explore how these claims proceed through the various administrative systems, like the EEOC, that are often a first stop before a lawsuit is filed. Most importantly, learn best employment practices that every school should use and that will help establish a defense to these claims before you even know you need one.   Session 2: Using Student Performance to Measure Teacher Effectiveness: PDAS, T-Tess, and Beyond - To what extent is student performance a valid measure of teacher effectiveness? Examine the role that student performance plays in the evaluative process and to what extent that data can be used to support implementation of growth plans, recommendations for nonrenewal, and other employment decisions.   Session 3: Wage and Hour: Are School Districts under Attack? - An update on the current landscape of the Fair Labor Standards Act and its implications for employers. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$75  

Ethical Conduct in Mediations, Grievances and Negotiations

Understanding the ethical issues related to mediations, grievances and negotiations is essential to making those processes as productive as possible. Review the applicable ethical standards and gain practical advice on getting the most benefit from mediations, grievances and negotiations. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.75 | 0.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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Includes: Audio Paper

$55  

Ethics in Court Papers

An entertaining and informative look at real cases in which lawyers got into trouble for misquoting, exceeding the page limit, failing to cite, plagiarizing, and just plain poor writing.  more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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Includes: Audio Paper

$60  

Practicing Law in a Tech-Driven World

Technology presents a host of new and complex ethical issues for lawyers to navigate. Managing client communications via text and email, 24/7 accessibility to clients, maintaining confidentiality in the age of hackers, having an online presence as a lawyer, and using social media and electronic advertising to augment your practice are just some of the issues to consider. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$60  

Records Retention and Destruction

Advising school districts regarding their retention and destruction of records is fraught with potential pitfalls carrying serious consequences. Review the relevant state and federal laws relating to record retention, Texas’s retention schedules, the ins and outs of litigation holds, and some of the practical takeaways for school districts in how they handle, retain and properly dispose of their records. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$45  

School Boards: Hearings, Superintendent Contracts and Conflicts, and Conflicts of Interest for the School Attorney—Who Is Your Client?

Session 1: Board Hearings: What the FNG? - An analysis of recent legal developments regarding local school board hearings pertaining to student, employee, and public complaints.   Session 2: The Superintendent’s Employment Contract: A Tool for Avoiding Catalysts to Conflict - A discussion of how particular contract provisions can operate as a method of effective communication between the superintendent and the board of trustees to avoid common areas of conflict in the board–superintendent relationship.   Session 3: Wheel of Clients:  Which One Is Yours? - A round-table discussion of school lawyers' ethical responsibilities. Whom do the lawyers represent, and how can they avoid potential ethical landmines? more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.25 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$105  

School Law: Balancing School Administration, Parent, and Student Rights

Session 1: The Other Tinker Test: Analyzing the Conflict between Student Free Speech Rights and a School’s Obligation to Maintain a Safe and Secure Environment - Schools trying to deal with twenty-first century mandates to adopt anti-discrimination and anti-bullying measures, accommodate the surge of LGBTQ students, and roll with the ever-changing Establishment Clause landscape are increasingly finding themselves the targets of student free speech “I can say what I wanna say” lawsuits. Explore the legal framework for analyzing the dichotomy between private student speech and school government speech to determine when schools seeking to promote the greater good can say, “No, you can’t.”   Session 2: Guns in Schools and Chapter 37 Changes - A look at the challenging state and federal regulations related to firearms on school district property, prohibited weapons, and other changes to student discipline. Do gun-free school zones truly exist with the advent of open carry? What is the impact for K-12 students attending classes on college campuses? Is a pocketknife a prohibited weapon?   Session 3: The Intersection of Family Law and School Law - Does Grandpa have any rights to the child? Can Mom’s new girlfriend attend the parent–teacher conference? Can Dad eat lunch with the child on his non-possession days? Who gets to make the educational decisions for the child? How do you advise your administrators when the parents don’t agree to any of this? What is your reaction as a lawyer when your administrators are subpoenaed to a family law hearing? Learn responses to these and other gray-area questions where family law and school law collide.   Session 4: Overview of the New Truancy Law - New laws decriminalize truancy, but continue to hold students accountable through a new system of truancy courts. Review the new law and discover a wealth of resources aimed at implementing the new system. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$115  

School Law: The Ethics of Being, Working with, or Opposed by In-House Counsel; plus Conflicts of Interest

Session 1: A View from the Inside: The Ethics of Being, Working with, or Opposed by In-House Counsel - Many school districts have hired in-house counsel in the last decade and they will tell you, in-house counsel wear many different hats. Oftentimes, your in-house counsel is the most knowledgeable employee about any given situation, but that raises many questions. Can they be a witness for the school district? If you are outside counsel for a school administrator or school district, should you be cautious about using the in-house attorney as an investigator, for fear they can't be a witness, without violating the attorney-client privilege? If you are an employee's attorney, can you call the in-house counsel as a witness—and when? A look at the ethical rules governing the role of in-house counsel, including Rule 3.08 ("the Lawyer as Witness") from all perspectives—inside, outside and across the aisle. Session 2: Conflicts of Interest - Discussion of conflict of interest issues generally applicable to School District Trustees (e.g. nepotism, dual office-holding, disclosure etc.) with a specific look at conflict of interest and related ethical issues unique to attorneys who serve as a Trustee or in an administrative position other than legal counsel. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.75 | 1.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$90  

Student Travel: "On the Road Again..."

Review the issues related to planning out-of-state or international student travel, including what law applies, funding from booster clubs, travel-related contracts, personal and district liability, and consideration of travel advisories. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.75    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$50  

The Intersection of School Law and Technology: Privacy Issues, Responsibilities beyond the Brick and Mortar, and the Ethical Issues of Practicing Law in a Tech-Driven World

Session 1: Student Data Privacy: The National Conversation - Join the Director of NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys for an update on the current state of federal law and guidance on student data privacy. Look at proposed (or passed) legislation amending key education statutes, including the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, as well as stand-alone bills addressing vendor conduct. Learn how Texas initiatives, including SB 507 on video cameras in the classroom, fit into national trends, and what you might expect from federal policy-makers in the near future.   Session 2 From the Classroom to the Cloud: Responsibilities of the District When Students Are Bullied - Bullying, whether at school or in cyberspace, continues to be a major concern of students, parents, and school officials. Explore what is expected of the school district by OCR and the current legal standards imposed by the courts in cases where students are bullied. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.75    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2018

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides Slideshow

$85  

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