An In-Depth Look at Legal Issues Affecting Schools
Seemingly minor issues that occur on any given school day have the potential to cause major legal problems. In the current climate of hair-trigger lawsuits, you need to be able to spot areas of legal liability before things take a turn for the worse. In this comprehensive school law seminar, our experienced attorney faculty will provide the latest legal perspectives on first amendment issues, discriminatory education practices, bullying and more. Stay current on the issues and mitigate your school's chances for lawsuits - register today!
- Review the latest education legislative updates and understand their implications on your school.
- Get the latest information on student dress codes, off-campus speech and other critical First Amendment issues.
- Determine if your school's practices could be the cause of action for a discrimination claim.
- Ensure your school properly identifies and evaluates students for special education services.
- Confidently handle discipline and expulsion issues, including strict procedures for special education students.
- Properly fulfill your legal obligations when responding to bullying complaints.
- Avoid legal issues involving the retention, storage and release of student records.
- Balance student rights and disciplinary needs when conducting searches.
- Recent Legislative Updates: What You Need to Know
9:00 - 9:30, Elizabeth K. Cierzniak
- First Amendment Issues: Balancing School Needs and Student Constitutional Protections
9:30 - 10:30, Jessica L. Billingsley
- Dress Codes: What can be Restricted?
- Language Codes: What is Protected?
- Free Expression: How Far is Too Far?
- Off-Campus Speech
- Religious Issues, Including Accommodations
- Recognizing and Rectifying Discriminatory Education Practices
10:45 - 11:00, Jessica L. Billingsley
- Special Education: Fulfilling Legal Obligations and Ensuring Student Protections
11:00 - 12:00, Dana L. Long
- The Law of Special Education
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- State Law
- Section 504 and the ADA: Special Education Interactions
- Providing Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
- Eligibility and Evaluation
- Handling Placement Refusals
- Discipline, Suspension and Expulsion: Protecting Student Rights While Mitigating Legal Liability
1:00 - 1:45, Dana L. Long
- Due Process Rights
- Legally Defensible Discipline Documentation
- Education Services During Removal
- Discipline Protections for Special Needs Students: ADA vs. Section 504
- Bullying and Harassment: An Essential Legal Response Guide
1:45 - 2:30, Dana L. Long
- Recognizing Bullying: The Legal Definition
- Bullying Unchecked: The Legal Implications for Schools
- Federal Law
- State Law
- Bullying, Special Needs Students and Denial of FAPE
- Addressing Cyberbullying
- FERPA: Safeguarding Student Privacy and Avoiding Potential Third-Party Issues
2:45 - 3:45, Dana L. Long
- What is - and is not - a Student Record
- Record Access and Retention Do's and Don'ts
- Disclosing Information: Health, Safety and Other Concerns
- Third Party Considerations: Due Diligence for Releasing Records
- Other Laws Impacting Student Records: HIPAA, Section 504, etc.
- Search and Seizure in Schools: What You Need to Know
3:45 - 4:30, Jessica L. Billingsley
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar on school law issues is for attorneys. It may also be of benefit to principals, vice principals, superintendents, school psychologists, guidance counselors, teachers and paralegals.