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THIS MONTH: In Case of Emergency: A Legal Toolkit for Disaster Preparedness • NCAA Amateurism and the O'Bannon Litigation • The Law is Not Blind: The Danger of Biases in the Legal System • Arbitration: What You Can and Can't Do • U.S. Housing Market Trends: An Insider's Perspective more »
Session 1: The Complaints You Won’t Hear - Teachers call their organizations and attorneys about many issues that don’t ever result in grievances. Hear from a teacher attorney about the complaints that the school board/school district won’t typically hear, but which are the basis for the majority of calls from unhappy teachers.
Session 2: Dealing with Rogue Board Members - When a board member is pursuing interests that are different from the rest of the board it can create inefficiencies and disharmony. Learn how a school district’s legal counsel can assist the district and the rest of the board in dealing with board members who are not all on the same page. more »
Session 1: Cyberbullying and the Impact of David's Law - Explore new developments to state law on bullying brought about S.B.179, David’s Law, and take a look at how cyberbullying and other aspects of bullying cases have been treated by the courts.
Session 2: Top 10 Hits of Legal Issues in Special Education in 2017 - Service animals, transgender students, and Endrew F. are just a few of the most enlightening developments in special education law for 2017. Hear a Casey Kasem-style countdown covering the most recent and important court cases, due process hearing opinions, and legal developments that every school lawyer needs to know. Explore the latest changes in special education law and provide lessons learned as well as best practice tips you can use to steer your schools in the right direction away from the court room.
Session 3: Copyright - Copyright doesn’t come up daily in school practice, but when it does it can be befuddling. Take a short primer on copyright educational fair use, plus a discussion of some current school copyright law defensive actions. more »
Employees may be required to share private health information with their employers. Explore the various laws that impact the collection and handling of such information, including the ADA, FMLA, workers’ compensation, and HIPAA, and the best practices for complying. more »
Get updated on recent developments in Title IX and Section 504/ADA litigation involving schools, and hear about retaliation claims, recent appellate decisions, and liability issues currently on review before appellate courts. more »
Session 1: In Case of Emergency: A Legal Toolkit for Disaster Preparedness - Disaster is brewing … What do you do to prepare (if you have time)? And how do you quickly get operations back to normal after it hits? Explore the legal and practical issues of disaster preparedness and recovery from an operations and employment standpoint. Using recent disasters as a guide (wildfires, man-made fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, etc), examine lessons learned and get helpful tips.
Session 2: Advice From the Inside: Preparing for and Dealing with Student Issues that Follow Catastrophic Events - When disaster strikes, school districts serve as a port in the storm for students and the wider-community in crisis. Hear practical advice regarding legal issues to raise and steps to take before, during, and after a catastrophic event to support students, the mission of the school district, and stay #StudentStrong. more »
Survey unemployment compensation law in Texas and review who can file unemployment claims, the times during which claims can be filed, what the qualification and eligibility criteria are for receiving unemployment benefits, methods for appealing adverse rulings, best strategies for handling claim responses and appeals, and how an employer can qualify for chargeback protection. more »
Session 1: Cybersecurity Planning - When (not if) a data breach occurs, will you be ready to respond? Learn the most important steps to take, key considerations, and essential tools to use in developing your incident response plan.
Session 2: Under Attack! Minimizing the Risk and Mitigating the Impact of Cybercrime - According to the FBI, schools and colleges are the hot new target for sophisticated cybercriminals. These crooks use a combination of new technology and old-fashioned con-artist techniques to steal millions of dollars and put sensitive data at risk. There are legal and practical steps a school can take to prevent and mitigate cybercrime. Learn about the most commonly employed cybercrime techniques and the steps your institution can take to minimize the risk and mitigate the impact of cyber-attacks. more »
Survey established case law on the service of undocumented students in public schools, and explore several key issues related to the service of undocumented students, including student privacy laws, student documentation requests, and federal immigration enforcement efforts in schools. more »
What happens when school employees or students engage in immoral or unseemly (noncriminal) conduct off campus? Examine legal issues that may come into play, including board policies, educator codes of ethics, and student codes of conduct. more »
With allegations of educator misconduct on the rise, litigating educator disciplinary cases will likely become more common. Review current enforcement trends and sanctions issued by the agency, and get practical tips for litigating disciplinary matters. more »
Session 1: Commissioner Decisions Update - Hear an update on Commissioner of Education decisions from the past year.
Session 2: Recent Opinions Issued by the Attorney General - Review recent opinions issued by the Texas Attorney General that may affect public schools and school law. more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »