New York State School Boards Association

Training Events

2018 Summer Law Conference - Rochester
Date: July 19, 2018

Location: Show map
Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/University & Medical Center
30 Celebration Drive
Rochester, NY 14620

Phone: (585) 424-4404

Preregistration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.

$285 (Members)*
$570 (Nonmembers)*



Attend the 2018 Summer Law Conference to learn valuable information about new legal requirements and challenges facing school districts.


Thursday, July 19
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/University & Medical Center


Thursday, July 19

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40 a.m. Introduction
8:40 - 9:40 a.m. ESSA Highlights: What Every School Board Needs to Know Before September 1, 2018
The federal government approved New York’s plan for the implementation of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act, and the Board of Regents has adopted state ESSA regulations. What does it all mean? Where do school districts go to from here? Become better prepared to navigate the road to compliance.
Presenter: Pilar Sokol, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, NYSSBA
9:40 - 9:50 a.m. Break
9:50 - 10:50 a.m. Student Activism: The Past Visits the Present – Again
The right of students to express political views on school grounds became part of the national consciousness during the Vietnam War. Reaction to recent school violence events has given rise to a new national wave of student activism. Discuss the legal and real life issues that influence a school’s response to student political activities. Explore possible alternatives for student expression.
Presenter: Donald (Don) E. Budmen, Esq., Partner, Ferrara Fiorenza P.C.
10:50 - 11:40 a.m. School Law: A Year in Review Part I – New Laws and Regulations
Every year new laws are enacted, regulations adopted and guidance issued either to alter or clarify the rules that apply to the governance and operation of school districts. Learn about this year’s changes and what lies ahead for school boards, their students and staff.
Presenter: Kimberly A. Fanniff, Esq., Senior Staff Counsel, NYSSBA
11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. School Law: A Year in Review Part II – New Court Cases and Other Rulings
Court decisions, appeals to the commissioner of education, and rulings from other agencies regularly interpret laws and regulations that affect how school boards fulfill their legal responsibilities. Hear what your district might need to do to ensure compliance with those interpretations.
Presenter: Jeffrey Mongelli, Esq., Senior Staff Counsel, NYSSBA
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sexual Harassment: Students Have a Right to Protection Too
Recent attention to the topic of sexual harassment has focused on the workplace. But it also can happen to students in your schools, and in various forms. Besides DASA what other laws apply? Is liability different if the harasser is a staff member or another student? Find out if your policies and practices are properly protective.
Presenter: Elizabeth D. McPhail, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Defending Your District against Attacks on Social Media
Electronic communications influence how others think about and react to your district. What if a resident posts on Facebook inaccurate information about your school budget, tweets allegations of staff misconduct, or criticizes the district on its own website? Explore your district’s response options. Learn more about the legal issues involved. Also make sure your district itself is using social media properly.
Presenter: Edward A. Trevvett, Esq., Partner, Harris Beach PLLC and Amanda Jackson, Esq., Associate, Harris Beach PLLC
3:30 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.


*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.

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