Elected members of a board of education bring a diverse array of life and career experience to the communities they represent along with enthusiasm and a dedication to serve kids. Not unlike other political offices, the position draws a decent number of attorneys who bring a special skill set and perspective to their local boards. However, along with these benefits often come some unique challenges, particularly for board counsel. How should we respond if a lawyer on the board is advising the district on school law issues, advocating for others, or interacting with staff as a representative of a family member? Where are the boundary lines and how do we draw them? This webinar will look at these and other related concerns, including the intersection of the Rules of Professional Conduct in these circumstances.

This program has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE credit hours of Professional Conduct instruction, and has been approved.

John Britton, Esq.

Mr. Britton is one of the firm’s founders and now serves Ennis Britton in an “of counsel” capacity. John has been actively representing school boards since 1984, with a focus on human resources, labor relations and collective bargaining, special education, and board governance issues. Mr. Britton is an adjunct professor at Ashland University and helped form the Ashland Leadership Academy Seminars (ALAS), where he has served as a program coordinator and speaker since 2001. Mr. Britton is an accomplished and widely sought-after speaker and has presented nationally and throughout Ohio on topics related to education law and leadership.

C. Bronston McCord III

Mr. McCord is a shareholder and the managing director of the firm. He regularly
counsels public boards of education on a variety of education law issues, with an
emphasis on labor negotiations, employment matters, and construction issues. Mr.
McCord has served as a lead negotiator in more than 300 collective bargaining
negotiations. He has defended boards of education in arbitration and against charges
filed with a variety of federal and state administrative agencies including the Ohio Civil
Rights Commission, State Employment Relations Board, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. Mr. McCord served in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 1991. He
frequently speaks to educational administrators and organizations throughout Ohio on
numerous topics related to education law.

Agenda

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021

12 p.m.
Professional Conduct for School Attorneys: Board lawyers and lawyers on the board
John Britton, Esq., and Bronston McCord, Esq., Ennis Britton Co., LPA
1 p.m.
Adjourn