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School Law Workshop

Oct 16, 2019 • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

The 2019 edition of PSBA’s School Law Workshop will take place Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The program offers attorneys a total of 5.5 credit hours of continuing legal education (all substantive). It will be hosted by Andrea C. Parenti Esq., 2019 president of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association, from the Butler, PA, law firm Dillon McCandless King Coulter & Graham. In addition to the sessions described below, the program also will include the annual business meeting of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association, featuring presentation of the 2019 President’s Award for Distinguished Career Achievement in School Law.

Date and Time

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Hotel Hershey
100 Hotel Road
Hershey, PA 17033


Strategies for Containing Special Education Attorney Fee Claims – Attorney fee awards are a huge and growing component of the skyrocketing cost of litigating special education disputes under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and many parent attorneys have become adept at circumventing mechanisms in the law intended to prevent needlessly protracted proceedings. Hear veteran special education attorneys discuss trends in settlement demands and share other ideas and strategies for using existing mechanisms more effectively to containing attorney fee costs.
Presenter: Amy T. Brooks Esq., Wisler Pearlstine, LLP, Blue Bell, PA

Update on School Security Legislation – The extensive school security provisions enacted in Act 44 of 2018 left many questions about the status and duties of school police officers, school resource officers and other security personnel, including who can be authorized to carry firearms when performing school security duties. Act 67 of 2019 was supposed to clear things up, but instead added further uncertainty, restrictions and practical problems. Hear a discussion of what Act 67 changed, what can be safely concluded, and what obstacles and unknowns now seem likely to degrade school safety and security rather than enhance it if further corrective legislation does not happen soon.
Presenter: Stuart L. Knade Esq., Senior Director of Legal Services, Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Mechanicsburg, PA

What School Solicitors Need to Know About the Role of Restorative Practices in Student Behavior Management – Restorative practices offer schools proven effective approaches for replacing conflict, misbehavior and stigma with positive relationships and reconciliation that improve classroom climate and reduce the frequency of escalating behavior problems that disrupt student learning and lead to traditional disciplinary consequences. Learn the essentials of how restorative practices work and relate to other aspects of student behavior management, conduct and related policies, so that school clients can be effectively assisted in implementing and integrating these approaches with student codes of conduct and related policies and procedures, and as well as in avoiding mistakes that can lead to skepticism and resistance.
Presenter: Keith Hickman, Director of Continuing Education, International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), Bethlehem, PA

Navigating Staff and Student Transgender Issues in Schools
Even with high visibility caselaw detailing how schools have accommodated or refused to accommodate transgender students while addressing the interests of others, new legal and practical issue continue to arise. Learn the latest and find out how some schools have addressed even more complex challenges when transgender teachers or other school staff are concerned.
Presenters: John G. Audi Esq., Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams, Pittston, PA, and Brian F. Boland Esq., Kozloff Stoudt, Wyomissing, PA

School Law Update: Who’s getting sued and why? – Always a favorite feature of the Workshop, PSBA General Counsel Michael Levin provides a lively overview of what’s happening in the courts, new statutes and regulations, and other developments directly impacting public school operations and liability exposures, accompanied by his comprehensive written summary of the past year's legal developments in school law.
Presenter: Michael I. Levin Esq., PSBA General Counsel, Levin Legal Group, Huntingdon Valley, PA

Cost and Registration

Members may sign-in to myPSBA.org to register.
Cost:  $340

For housing block information, visit: https://www.paschoolleaders.org/hotel-lodging/

Note: Registration and fees for this event are NOT included in School Leadership Conference registration. This is a separate-fee event.


Oct 16, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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The Hotel Hershey
100 Hotel Road
Hershey, PA 17033 United States
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