Date: June 10, 2022
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hear from experienced education lawyers and discuss the latest developing legal issues in schools at the Annual OCSBA School Attorney Workshop. We'll have sessions on Title IX, the recent legislative efforts to limit the promotion of "divisive concepts" in schools, and a review of some of the ethical, professional and personal dilemmas that can surface for attorneys who represent boards embroiled in conflict or controversy. Also, hear from representatives from the state auditor's office and a panel of experienced arbitrators. This program will be offered in-person and virtually and has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 5.5 total CLE hours, with 1.5 hour of attorney professional conduct instruction.

This event is for OCSBA members only. Please contact Lenore Winfrey (lwinfrey@ohioschoolboards.org) if you are interested in becoming an OCSBA member prior to attending this workshop.

Agenda

Friday, Jun. 10, 2022

8:45 a.m.
Welcome
9 a.m.
Title IX: The thorniest issues and how to resolve them
Kate Davis, senior attorney, and Katy Osborn, attorney, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Dayton
Walk through some of the most difficult issues now arising under the statute’s complex — and possibly soon to change — sexual harassment regulations. Review issues such as jurisdictional determinations at intake, consolidations of cases, best practices for informal resolution, making tough relevancy judgment calls, issuing discipline and more.
10 a.m.
Avoiding controversy with the improper use of public funds
Robert Hinkle, chief deputy auditor, and Kelly M. Berger-Davis, coordinator, Ohio Auditor of State’s Office
Representatives from the state auditor’s office provide an overview of recent hot topics, including a review of their guidance on school levy limitations, common audit issues and trending findings for recovery.
11 a.m.
Break
11:15 a.m.
Arbitrating cases and controversies
Tobie Braverman, arbitrator, Cincinnati; Ronald Talarico, arbitrator, Pittsburgh; and Dan Zeiser, arbitrator, Cleveland
A panel of experienced arbitrators discuss the current dispute resolution landscape, share suggested best practices for hosting an efficient and effective arbitration hearing and offer their personal peccadilloes.
12:15 p.m.
Lunch
1:15 p.m.
Curriculum and controversy
Derek Towster, partner, Scott Scriven LLP
This session will review Ohio’s current framework for adopting and developing curricula and recent legislative efforts to limit the promotion of “divisive concepts” in schools. Get practical suggestions for addressing requests to review or remove instructional materials, opt out of specific lessons or discussions, and more.
2:15 p.m.
Managing conflicts at the board meeting
Megan E. Greulich, partner, Walter Haverfield LLP, Columbus; Hollie F. Reedy, attorney of counsel, Ennis Britton Co. LPA, Columbus; and Sara C. Clark, chief legal counsel, OSBA
Unmanaged conflict can hijack a board agenda and derail an entire board meeting. This session will review a board’s options and obligations when conflicts or controversies come to the school board meeting, as well as the ethical, professional or personal dilemmas that can surface for the attorneys who represent boards embroiled in conflict or controversy.
3:45 p.m.
OCSBA Annual Business Meeting
4 p.m.
Adjourn