Friday, October 20, 2023
All sessions will be held in the Belmont Ballroom
6:00 - 8:00 am: Breakfast (provided to attendees staying at the Drury Plaza)
8:00 - 8:15 am: Welcome from the Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys and NSAA Leadership - Hosts: Carol Joiner, TCSBA President; and Ben Torres, Assistant Executive Director and General Counsel, Tennessee School Boards Association
8:15 - 10:15 am: Title IX: Dude, Where's My Regulations? - Host: Phil Hartley, Periera, Kirby, Kinsinger & Nguyen, Gainesville, GA Speakers: Jackie Gharapour Wernz, Thompson & Horton LLP, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; and Jacqui Litra, F3 Law, Los Angeles, CA - The speakers will review important themes and take aways from the 2020 Title IX Regulations, provide recommendations on complying with the 2020 Regulations a little longer, and discuss their expectations for the highly anticipated new Title IX Regulations and assisting clients in implementing them.
10:15 - 10:30 am: Break
10:30 - 11:30 am: IDEA Updates and Predictions - Host: Jim Keith, Adams and Reese LLP, Jackson, MS Speakers: Kaitlin Atlas, Franczek P.C., Chicago, IL; Karen Haase, KSB School Law, Lincoln, NE; and Jennifer Smith, Franczek P.C., Chicago, IL - In this session, Jennifer, Kaitlin, and Karen will discuss recent IDEA case law updates in the post-COVID era, their own personal experiences in litigating IDEA due process cases and appeals, and their predictions for future trends in IDEA litigation. They will also discuss predictions for IDEA reauthorization. Time will be reserved for questions and discussion amongst special education law practitioners.
11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Mindfulness for School Attorneys: Strategies to Help Attorneys Manage Stress, Behave Ethically, and Support School Clients Through High-Conflict Situations (Ethics) - Host: Shelley Chatfield, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY Speaker: Claire Parsons, Wood + Lamping, LLP, Cincinnati, OH - This presentation is intended to introduce you to mindfulness concepts and strategies so that you understand how the practice of mindfulness can help you live up to your ethical obligations as an attorney and enhance your practice and life. It will discuss our ethical obligations to take care of ourselves as attorneys and then explain the science of why mindfulness practices can help. The session will conclude with a review of meditation and in-the-moment practices that can help any school attorney manage stress so they can support their school clients better.
2:30 - 2:40 pm: Break
2:40 - 3:40 pm: Say Whatttt?! Workplace Speech in 2023 - Host: Jayne Harrell Williams, Alabama Association of School Boards Speakers: Chandler Lawson Flynn, Church Church Hittle + Antrim, Fishers, IN; and Doug Thorne, Elkhart Community Schools, Elkhart, IN - This presentation will cover how schools should and have dealt with employee free speech and First Amendment issues, LGBTQIA+ topics, social media use by employees, political activities, curriculum issues, and more. Special attention will be paid to recent case law.
3:40 - 4:00 pm: Refreshment Break
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Navigating the First Amendment and Book/Curriculum Challenges - Host: Tiffany Richardson, Richland School District One, South Carolina Speakers: Katie Anderson, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P., Dallas, TX; and Brandon Wright, Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd., Monticello, IL - With an eye toward the news from around the country on the removal of books from school libraries and course curricula, this session will include the legal foundations, including the key case law and circumstances that allow “opt outs,” alongside the varying approaches by state legislatures around the country. Join the 6 discussion of pragmatic solutions on advising clients to handle parent complaints, employee controversies (including everything from “I refuse to teach that” to I am going to teach that and you can’t stop me!”), as well as managing board decisions and preparing to defend our clients’ decision-making in light of the trending litigation.