Hear from experienced education lawyers and discuss the most recent legal issues schools are dealing with. This workshop qualifies for 5.5 CLEs including one hour of professional conduct.


Friday, May. 14, 2021

8:45 a.m.
Van D. Keating, senior staff attorney, OSBA
9 a.m.
Ethical considerations in representing schools remotely
Jason R. Stuckey, Esq., Bricker & Eckler LLP
With schools conducting most of their meetings remotely, attorneys not only have to adapt to these new settings but also remain on alert for potentially new ethical situations. How best to represent and advise schools in remote settings while avoiding ethical conflicts will be the main focus of this session.
10 a.m.
Successfully navigating the athletic booster/gifts/ethics triangle
Robert McBride, Esq. and Kyle Wheeler, Esq., Ennis Britton Co. LPA
Athletic booster groups play an important role in school sports, but they also can inadvertently create legal issues for the school district. This session will examine the interplay between boosters, gifts and ethics and how schools can successfully avoid conflicts that frequently develop.
11 a.m.
Stretch break
11:15 a.m.
Special education and remote learning – lessons learned
Jessica L. Dawso, Esq., Scott Scriven LLP
The pandemic has forced many changes in special education, especially as schools implemented remote learning for their students. Not all of these changes have been readily accepted, with numerous legal challenges being filed. We will look at what has and has not worked with special education and remote learning.
12:30 p.m.
Lunch break
1:30 p.m.
Developments in employee work slowdowns and stoppages
Alexander L. Ewing, Esq., Frost Brown Todd LLC
The most powerful union tactic in negotiations has always been the strike, yet it has seldomly been used in recent years. However, school employee unions have not forgotten about strikes, and new forms of work stoppages and slowdowns have appeared and are being used with growing frequency. This session focuses on the newest types of employee job actions and steps schools can use to effectively counter them.
2:30 p.m.
Stretch break
2:45 p.m.
Emerging transgender student issues
Wanda T. Lillis, Esq., associate legal counsel; Dr. Dionne Blue, chief equity officer; Jimmie Beall, resource counselor, Columbus City
Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination, bullying and harassment against transgender students. However, adopting policies and educating students about gender stereotypes or expectations can be complicated for schools. Columbus City shares its experiences in addressing transgender student issues.
4 p.m.
OCSBA membership meeting
4:10 p.m.