PSBA is accredited by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board as a provider of continuing legal education (CLE) programs in both in-person and distance learning formats. PSBA CLE programs offer licensed attorneys an opportunity to satisfy mandatory CLE requirements by engaging in expert-level presentations focused on emerging issues arising in Pennsylvania school law practice—the numerous areas of law involved in advising and representing public school entities.
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Please reference this document for directions on navigating the platform and successfully registering for your CLE credits. If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact PSBA Legal Service staff at email@example.com.
Live and Recorded Distance Learning Programs
Recorded programs – PSBA is rapidly developing a catalogue of recorded CLE programs on a variety of topics related to school law practice. These can be accessed at any time, at the convenience of the participant. Most recorded programs provide one CLE credit hour. A list of currently available programs that can be purchased for viewing and credit can be found here.
Live CLE Webinars – In-part, to accommodate changes in gatherings and event cancellations, stemming from COVID-19 health and safety precautions, PSBA is offering a series of twelve live CLE webinars on numerous current topics affecting school law practice. The first of these will begin on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and continue on a weekly or biweekly basis, Tuesdays or Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. Each session will offer one CLE credit hour. To the extent feasible, each session will be recorded and reformatted so that it can be viewed later as a recorded CLE program, at the convenience of the viewer.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Employee Furloughs – Legal Requirements and Practical Considerations
(1 hour substantive)
Financial stress anticipated from the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted school districts to consider furloughing professional employees, administrators and support staff. A panel of attorneys will explain the opportunities and pitfalls, focusing on legal requirements and practical considerations.
Presenters: Howard L. Kelin, Esq., Jeffrey D. Litts, Esq. and Benjamin L. Pratt, Esq., Kegel Kelin Litts & Lord, Lancaster, PA
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Applying Policies, Rules and Compliance Strategies to Virtual and Hybrid Instruction
(1 hour substantive)
This session examines how livestreamed and hybrid classes work in practice, and what that means when applying and enforcing rules or policies and maintaining compliance relating to privacy, required notifications to parents, child internet protection laws, attendance policies and accounting, educational records, acceptable use of devices and networks, dress codes, and codes of conduct, for both the students as well as the teachers and other employees involved in instructional delivery.
Presenter: Leigh Dalton, Esq., Stock and Leader, York, PA
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Coronavirus and Your Mental Health
(1 hour ethics)
Attorneys hopefully recognize that like many other professionals, their lives are already filled to the brim with stress. It’s important to be proactive in dealing with it. And now we have COVID-19. This is a generational traumatic event whose consequences are as yet unknown. Thus, we need to be prepared. Hear from our experienced speaker, Brian S. Quinn, Esq., and learn how you can recognize the unhealthy and potentially life-threatening shadow that these mental health issues can cast if left untreated. Mr. Quinn will discuss:
- The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on isolation, anxiety, stress, trauma and depression. More importantly, he will describe some of the ways to reduce or alleviate these conditions, which have become so commonplace among members of the legal profession.
- Fear associated with the uncertainty surrounding the future of the legal industry.
- Ethical dilemmas created by the coronavirus crisis, including remote supervision of attorneys and staff, record and timekeeping, data security and confidentiality in the remote office setting.
- The free services that Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers provides to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students, all of which are still fully available during the coronavirus pandemic.
Presenter: Brian S. Quinn, Esq., education and outreach coordinator, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Camp Hill, PA
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Child Safety and Protection in the Virtual Environment
(1 hour substantive)
Even in traditional instructional environments, best practices in maintaining professional boundaries, safeguarding student health and safety, and fulfilling child abuse reporting duties can be challenging enough. This session examines what new considerations and approaches can be important when instruction is being delivered and received remotely by electronic means.
Presenter: Peter C. Amuso, Esq., Rudolph Clarke, Blue Bell, PA
The full lineup of topics for the series has not yet been finalized, but subsequent session dates and registration information can be found here, along with specific topic and speaker information as it becomes available. Check back regularly for updates!
Following the scheduled twelve-session series, additional live CLE webinars will be offered on an as-needed basis to keep school attorneys abreast of important developments between our featured in-person CLE events.
Featured In-person CLE Events
- Spring Legal Roundup
March – April 2021 (multiple locations and dates to be announced soon)
- School Solicitors Symposium
July 8-9, 2021, The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College
- School Law Workshop
September 27, 2021, Kalahari Resorts and Conferences, Pocono Manor
NOTE: PSBA is not accredited as a CLE provider in jurisdictions other than Pennsylvania and does not directly submit CLE credits or course completion verification to other jurisdictions. Completion of live or recorded distance learning courses will generate a completion certificate that attorneys can submit to other jurisdictions when applying for credit. If further verification is needed or for in-person events, please contact PSBA for appropriate documentation.