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2018 School Law

UT Law’s 33rd 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 the impact of “David’s Law” and the ways in which courts are treating traditional and cyberbullying claims. Survey the laws that impact the collection and handling of private health information and hear the best practices for complying. Learn to navigate the world of SBEC disciplinary hearings with practical tips on how to adjust to enforcement trends. Examine legal issues that may come into play when school employees or students engage in immoral or unseemly – but not criminal – conduct off campus. Prepare for cybersecurity threats by examining the risks particular to schools and by reviewing what needs to be in every school’s incident response plan. Learn from yesterday and plan for tomorrow with a deep dive into disaster planning and recovery from both the student service and operations perspectives. Hear practical tips for managing rogue board members and how to address the inefficiencies and disharmony they can create. more



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2017 School Law

UT Law’s 32nd 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. 2017 highlights include: Take a deep dive in to T-TESS and T-PESS practicalities with Jefferson K. Brim III, Brim, Robinett, Cantu & Brim, P.C., Austin, TX and Merri Schneider-Vogel, Thompson & Horton LLP, Houston, TX. Hear practical guidance for working with students, staff, school boards, and community members on the multi-faceted issues related to transgender students. Get the latest on Cameras in the Classroom with Nona C. Matthews, Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C., Irving, TX Explore the line between school employee’s speech as public employees and private citizens. Gain practical tips on reasonable accommodations from a former general counsel turned human resources administrator. Review recent Commissioner of Education decisions and hear the latest developments from the Attorney General’s Office. Learn to navigate the contentious intersection of individual rights relating to student speech, dangerous behavior, and service animals in the school setting. Explore the issues addressed in the EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan for Fiscal Years 2017-2021 with Joe Bontke, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Houston, TX. Review requirements, best practices, and pitfalls of which every school lawyer should be aware when financing, purchasing, or selling real property interests. more




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2016 School Law

UT Law’s 31st 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. more




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2015 School Law

UT Law’s 30th 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.   Mark P. Tilley, Texas Association of School Boards, provides an update on Commissioner of Education decisions from the past year, and Leticia D. McGowan, Dallas Independent School District, discusses recent developments from the Attorney General’s office Explore the challenges that arise for school districts regarding immigrant students and the legal obligation to educate all students, and examine the issues related to planning out-of-state and international student travel Review home schooling current legal issues that have arisen since the Texas Supreme Court’s landmark Leeper decision Russell Wilson, Schulman Lopez & Hoffer LLP and Judge-Elect of the 218th District Court, presents How the Boom-Bust Cycle of the Oil and Gas Business Affects Schools Learn best practices to address difficult UIL and Title IX compliance issues as well as tips for managing athletics when it comes to employing coaches Explore school personnel issues such as school district relationships with law enforcement agencies, pregnancy discrimination, and the dilemmas and dangers that social media poses for teachers and other educators Wayne Schiess, Senior Lecturer and Director of The David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy, The University of Texas School of Law, presents Ethics in Court Papers, an entertaining and informative presentation of real cases in which lawyers got into trouble for poor writing     more




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2014 School Law

The 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. Hear an update from Commissioner of Education, Michael L. Williams Review First Amendment free-speech issues as applied to various forms of communications, including social media Examine school personnel issues such as the challenges associated with workplace relationships, how a school district should proceed when an employee is injured on the job, and the usage of criminal history records when making personnel decisions Review recent case law regarding IDEA and FAPE Learn about the legal issues such as gender identity and gender-based discrimination pertaining to transgender students and personnel Evaluate the TRS laws and regulations regarding employee and independent contractor status and retiree re-employment Earn up to 1.75 hours ethics credits with substantive ethics sessions including the ethical rules governing school district in-house counsel from all perspectives—inside, outside and across the aisle; the ethical issues addressing conflicts of interest for attorneys serving in an administrative position other than legal counsel; and a survey of state reporting laws of suspected child abuse, the attorney’s duty to report, and attorney-client privileges more




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2013 School Law

The School Law Conference offers in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues and updates affecting school administrators, school board members, education professionals and both sides of the bar. The 2013 conference features timely topics including: Updates, recent decisions, and proposed rule changes: Commissioner of Education decisions, Attorney General opinions, school finance litigation, judicial developments under the Whistleblower Act, decisions impacting the Open Meetings Act, and federal education initiatives Employment issues: Off-duty educator conduct, SBEC investigations into educator misconduct, mental health in the workplace, employee leave management and policies, TRS benefits, Chapter 21 of Texas Labor Code vs. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and administrator evaluations and reassignments Civil rights: OCR investigations of students’ discrimination claims, off-campus student conduct and speech, and religious expression in school Public school vouchers, the role of the internal auditor, construction contracts, dealing with difficult people, and more Earn up to 13.00 hours of CLE credit including 1.75 hours of ethics more



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2012 School Law

The School Law Conference is the definitive course for school administrators, school board members, education professionals, and the legal counsel who represent them. The 2012 program brings you two days of extensive and relevant topics, including:      • Straight answers from the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) on your questions about the Family         Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)      • A review and exploration of recent cases brought against school districts and school officials under the         Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act         (ADA), and Section 1983      • Recent developments in wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)      • Legal issues dealing with social media records and privacy for school employees      • Friday’s luncheon presentation, Intellectual Property Conundrums in Schools      • Ethical dilemmas commonly faced by school attorneys      • And much more! more



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2011 School Law

The 2011 School Law Conference features timely topics, including:  • First Amendment updates for students and school personnel  • Misconduct on campus: pornography, bullying and cyberbullying, and disciplining beyond Chapter 37  • Updates, recent developments, and proposed rule changes: Commissioner of Education decisions    Attorney General opinions, proposed and new Texas disciplinary rules and laws affecting    investigations, proposed new ADAAA regulations, TAC Chapter 247 amendments, and changes    to the "Top Ten Percent" rules  • Politics: overlapping jurisdiction, Texas election law and school districts, and trustee elections  • The effects of financial crisis on school districts, Board Members' digital communication, results from     the Charter School Experiment, and much more! more



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2010 School Law

The School Law Conference brings together school administrators, school board members, education professionals, and the attorneys who advise them. The 2010 program includes extensive coverage of: • Student and staff's online activity--both on- and off-campus: "sexting" and harassment, a school district's authority to discipline, and the interception of electronic data • Volunteers: Booster clubs and fundraising as well as background checks and the fingerprinting effort • Employment concerns: ADA compliance and EEOC regulations, FMLA updates, immigration issues, drug testing, and more more



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2009 School Law

This conference brings together school administrators, school board members, education professionals, and the attorneys who advise them. Conference presenters will offer analysis and practical advice on a wide range of legal and regulatory topics including administrator and employee issues, student transfers, disability laws and requirements, technology, and much more more



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2008 School Law

This conference brings together school administrators, school board members, education professionals, as well as the attorneys who advise them, to discuss a wide range of legal and regulatory issues affecting public schools and universities. Presenters will offer analysis and practical advice on religious expression in schools, compensation practices, employee issues, technology in school, and much more. more



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2007 School Law

This conference brings together school administrators, school board members, education professionals, as well as the attorneys who advise them, to discuss a wide range of legal and regulatory issues affecting public schools and universities. Presenters will offer practical advice on tough issues: advertising and sponsorship activities in schools; religious accommodations; educator discretion for control and discipline; dealing with agency investigations involving the disabled; student online activities; recovering attorney fees in school litigation; IDEA reauthorization; employment topics; and much more. more



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2006 School Law

This conference brings together school administrators, school board members, and education professionals, as well as the attorneys who advise them, to discuss a wide range of legal and regulatory issues affecting public schools and universities. more



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2005 School Law

This conference brings together school administrators, school board members, and other education professionals, as well as the attorneys who advise them, to discuss a wide range of legal and regulatory issues affecting public schools and universities. more



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2004 School Law

This conference brings together school administrators, school board members, and other education professionals, as well as the attorneys who advise them, to discuss a wide range of legal and regulatory issues affecting public schools and universities. more



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