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Summer Law Conference - Rochester
Date: July 20, 2017

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The Woodcliff Hotel and Spa
199 Woodcliff Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Phone: (585) 381-4000

Preregistration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.

$275 (Members)*
$550 (Nonmembers)*

*Course fee includes resource materials, continental breakfast, lunch and a non-refundable $50 administrative fee. Cancellations will not be refunded after the pre-registration/cancellation deadline, which is one week prior to the event. No-shows will be billed at the full registration fee.



Attend NYSSBA’s Summer Law Conference to hear about:

  • Recent legislative and regulatory changes that affect the operation of your schools;
  • New trends in collective bargaining;
  • The obligation to make your district’s website accessible to disabled individuals;
  • Key recent developments in special education;
  • What is working for school districts regarding the most recent changes to Section 3020-a and 3020-b.


Thursday, July 20
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Woodcliff Hotel and Spa, Fairport


Thursday, July 20

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Introduction
8:45 - 9:15 a.m. School Law:  A Year in Review Part I – New Laws and Regulations 
School districts derive their rights and responsibilities primarily from statutory laws and administrative regulations.  Learn how this year’s activities within the Legislature and the State Education Department are transforming a district’s legal obligations.  Hear what is new and what has changed, and what your district must comply with now and in the years ahead. 
Presenter: Kimberly A. Fanniff, Esq., Senior Staff Counsel, NYSSBA
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Break
9:30 - 10:00 p.m. Rulings
Court decisions, appeals to the commissioner of education and rulings from other agencies regularly interpret laws and regulations in a manner that affects the way in which school districts must fulfill their legal responsibilities.  Find out how your district might need to adapt its governance and school operations to satisfy changes in compliance requirements redefined by those decisions.
Presenter: Jeffrey Mongelli, Esq., Senior Staff Counsel, NYSSBA
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Collective Bargaining – What is Happening Out There?
In a post APPR era, learn about the main issues now being negotiated at the school district bargaining table. Are there any common themes in union demands, or new trends in negotiating strategies?  How much of an impact do the tax cap limitations continue to play?  Explore what is working best for school districts and how school boards can affect bargaining more positively.
Presenters: Karlee S. Bolaños, Esq., Partner, Harris Beach PLLC and Elizabeth D. McPhail, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
Moderator: Joseph G. Shields, Esq., Partner, Ferrara Fiorenza PC
11:00 a.m. - Noon Website Accessibility – Legal Requirements and Practical Considerations
School districts that do not provide disabled individuals equal access to information and services available on their website risk facing disability discrimination lawsuits under federal law.  But what does accessibility actually mean?  Exactly what needs to be made accessible?  How about the practicalities involved in making certain types of information and services accessible?  Learn what districts can do to ensure compliance and avoid liability.
Presenter: Ryan L. Everhart, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Special Education – Are You Keeping Pace with the Supreme Court?
The U.S. Supreme Court recently reviewed issues related to the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE), and to due process proceedings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Is there a minimum level of services districts must provide to comply with the FAPE requirement?  What is new for due process?  Find out how it all affects your responsibilities and those of your staff.
Presenter: Andrew J. Freedman, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sections 3020-a and 3020-b – A Timely Update
Suspensions without pay, probable cause hearings, presumptions of incompetence and required reciprocal discovery are all part of the most recent changes affecting the conduct of disciplinary proceedings against tenured teachers and principals.  Hear what is working and what is not, and the lessons to be learned from the experiences of others.
Presenters: Edward A. Trevvett, Esq., Member, Harris Beach PLLC and Frank W. Miller, Esq., Partner, The Frank W. Miller Law Firm
3:00 p.m. Conclusion


Recognition Program:
All NYSSBA member school boards are eligible for recognition in this program. Credit will accrue for listed events and activities for individuals serving on a NYSSBA member board.
Board members will earn 20 points for attending the NYSSBA Summit.
Click here for more information.

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