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THIS MONTH: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: What the ADA, FHA and Other Laws Say About Animals and Their Owners • Have Sea Squirts Invaded Your Contract? Avoiding the Mindless Use of So-Called “Market” Terms You May or May Not Understand • That's All the News for Today. Stay Ethical, Austin! • Effective, Efficient, and Economically Appropriate Litigation • Managing Student Protest Logistics more »
Session 1: Managing Student Protest Logistics - 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.
Session 2: Behavioral Threat Assessment: Preventing Threats in Advance - Hear from a panel of experts on effective mental health screening programs and psychological service delivery models aimed at preventing threats in schools.
Session 3: Communication for the Man-Made Crisis - 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. more »
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. more »
Session 1: Reassignments and Mid-Year Changes in Pay - Survey the legal and practical considerations around when and how school districts can reassign employees during the school year, including changes to their compensation.
Session 2: Complaint Management in the #MeToo Era - 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.
Session 3: Garrity Rights in Investigations - Internal and administrative investigations within a public school bring with them unique due process restrictions. Are you prepared? more »
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. more »
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. more »
Session 1: Districts of Innovation: Frightening or Freedom - 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.
Session 2: Special Education Corrective Action Imposed on TEA and Districts - 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. more »
Session 1: Commissioner Decisions Update - Hear an update on Commissioner of Education decisions from the past year.
Session 2: Attorney General Update - Explore highlights from the various opinions of our Texas attorney general that impact schools, educators, and education.
Session 3: The View from Washington - Get a national perspective on current issues from the Managing Director for Legal Advocacy at the National School Boards Association. more »
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. more »
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 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 »
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 »