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September 6 - September 8



The 41st Annual ASBA Law Conference, will feature breakout sessions on topics ranging from legal issues to the most pressing legal concerns of the day.

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The 41st Annual ASBA Law Conference will be held from Wednesday, September 6 to Friday, September 8, 2017, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel in Phoenix. The 2017 edition of the Law Conference promises to be the biggest and best one yet with: a new, larger facility; four timely and in-depth half-day Pre-Conferences; three national acclaimed speakers on leading-edge topics; two sponsored networking receptions; 28 breakout sessions; and 52 overall sessions.


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Materials: Pre-Conference
Materials: Law Conference


  • Law Conference + Pre-Conference: $625 (reflects a $50 savings over registering separately)
  • Pre-Conference Only: $225
  • Law Conference Only: $450

Hotel Information
The Pre-Conference & Law Conference will be held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge. A block of rooms has been reserved with a special conference rate of $159 single/double. In order to reserve a room, please call 1-800-835-6206 and request the ASBA Law Conference rate. Book your room online: https://aws.passkey.com/go/AZSchoolBoardConference2017 The cutoff date for reserving rooms in the block is Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Due to the popularity of the Law Conference, we recommend making your reservation as soon as possible. We ask that you only reserve rooms for those that will be attending the conference, to ensure all attendees can stay at the conference hotel.

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Law Conference Registration Link

Late Registration: Participants registered after Friday, August 25, 2017, will be charged an additional $50 late registration fee.

Refunds, Cancellations and Substitutions: The deadline for cancellations is Wednesday. August 30, 2017. Cancellations must be in writing and faxed to 602.254.1177 by that date. No shows will not be refunded. Those registered are entitled to send substitutes in their place.


Pre-Conference One: Keeping Kids Safe

Wednesday, Sept. 6th
7:00-8:00Registration & Breakfast
8:00-8:10Welcome, Overview and IntroductionsChris Thomas
8:10-9:15When, Who, How and What to Report: Student Injuries and the LawDean Pickett
9:15-10:00Inappropriate Student-Staff Relationships: Spotting Grooming Behavior in the Age of Text Messaging and Social MediaAlice Callison
John Richardson
10:15-11:00Dealing with Sex Offenders In and Around SchoolDave Garner
11:00-12:00In the Shoes of a Principal: Practical Student Safety Situations and How to Handle Them
Dean Pickett
Alice Callison
John Richardson
Dave Garner

Pre-Conference Two: School Funding

Wednesday, Sept. 6th
7:00-8:00Registration & Breakfast
8:00-8:05Welcome, Overview and IntroductionsChris Kotterman
8:10-9:15Current Issues in School FundingChris Kotterman
Ken Hicks
Jill Barragan
Ricky Hernandez
8:50-9:20The New School Capital Case: What You Need to KnowTim Hogan
Mary O’Grady
Dr. Anabel Aportela
9:20-10:00Using National, State and Local School Finance Data in Decision MakingDr. Chuck Essigs
Jeremy Calles
10:20-10:50Results-Based Funding: How It WorksDr. Anabel Aportela
10:50-11:30Filling the Gaps: Taxes, Bonds and OverridesRandie Stein
11:30-12:00Why We Talk Over Each Other: How the Legislature Sees Public School FundingDick Foreman

Pre-Conference Three: Immigration & Schools

Wednesday, Sept. 6th
1:00-1:05Welcome, Overview and IntroductionsTracey Benson
1:05-1:50Plyler v. Doe and Its Progeny: What the Law Says – And What It Doesn’tSusan Segal
1:50-2:40Interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)Tom Pickrell
3:00-3:45Using Immigration Laws to Help Staff Your SchoolsPhil Ortega
3:45-4:30Obligations to Parents and Students – Including When to Translate
Jessica Sanchez

Pre-Conference Four: Special Education

Wednesday, Sept. 6th
1:00-1:05Welcome, Overview and IntroductionsChris Thomas
1:05-1:50Special Education: Simplifying Our Most Complicated LawJim Walsh
1:50-2:20Special Education Law Year in ReviewDenise Lowell-Britt
2:20-2:50Special Education: What It Costs – and Why Everyone Has a StakeDr. Anabel Aportela
3:10-3:50The Endrew F. Case: Is It a Game Changer?Denise Lowell-Britt
Heather Pierson
Dr. Anabel Aportela
Deanna Rader
3:50-4:30How to Deal with Difficult ParentsDeanna Rader
5:00-6:30[Optional] Friends of ASBA Reception Sponsored by Strategic Partners

41st Annual ASBA Law Conference

Thursday, Sept. 7th
8:00-8:10Welcome & Overview of the ConferenceDr. Tim Ogle
Chris Thomas
8:10-9:25Legal and Legislative Update: A Run-Down of the Latest from the Capitol and the World of School LawChris Thomas
Chris Kotterman
9:25-10:10COSA at 50: The Continuing Evolution of Federal Involvement in EducationDean Pickett
Chris Kotterman
10:30-11:45Student Discipline: What the Board Needs to Know About “Restorative Practices” in SchoolsJim Walsh
1:00-1:50Breakout Sessions
1:00-1:50T-Shirts, Flags and Bumper Stickers: The Current Law on Student Free Speech Patrice Horstman & Eric Godfrey
1:00-1:50Who Is Signing for You? Legally Bind Your District and Service of Process Brandon Kavanagh
Tom Dietrich
1:00-1:50Conflict Resolution Among Divided Boards Julia Smock
Ben Hufford
1:00-1:50Student Discipline: A Timeline Approach to Making Sure You Get Things RightDenise Bainton
2:00-2:50Breakout Sessions
2:00-2:50Liability Check-Up 2017: Ideas You Can Take Back to Your DistrictMatt Wright
Dave Pauole
2:00-2:50Prayer at School Board Meetings: What We Know and What We Don’t Mary Ellen Simonson
Kirstin Story
2:00-2:50The New A-F Grading System in a Nutshell Dr. Joe O’Reilly
Darbi Jenkins
2:00-2:50Protection Orders and How to Handle Them Jennifer MacLennan
Shelby Exposito
3:10-4:00Breakout Sessions
3:10-4:00Gender Identity Issues in School: What Do We Know Now and What’s Still to Be Decided Lisa Anne Smith
Sesaly Stamps
3:10-4:00Top 10 Trapdoors Board Members Should Avoid Susan Segal
Nikkie Whaley
3:10-4:00I’ve Been Everywhere, Man, I’ve Been Everywhere: The Law and Policy of Staff and Board Travel Sara Kirk
David DeCabooter
3:10-4:00Superintendent Transitions: Replacements, Buy-Outs and the Search Process Rob Haws
Steve Highlen
4:10-5:00Breakout Sessions
4:10-5:00Kaepernick in the Classroom?: Employee Free Speech and the Garcetti CaseTom Pickrell
Denise Blommel
4:10-5:00Employee Discrimination and Harassment Claims: Investigation Do’s and Don’ts Ernie Calderon
Don Johnsen
4:10-5:00What to Expect from the “New” OCR: Practical Pointers from an Experienced Panel Heather Pierson
Jeff Dollins
Jennifer MacLennan
4:10-5:00Teacher Certification Issues Candy Pardee & Samantha Blevins
5:00–6:30Hispanic Native American Indian Caucus meeting
5:00-6:30Sponsored Reception

41st Annual ASBA Law Conference

Friday, September 8th
7:30-8:00Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15Welcome, County Meetings Preview and Keep Education LocalChris Thomas
Julie Bacon
Tracey Benson
8:15-9:25The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must DoPeg Tyre
9:45-11:00Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boys, and the New Realities of Girl WorldRosalind Wiseman
11:00-12:00Stump the LawyerBen Hufford
Rob Haws
Tom Pickrell
John Richardson
Candy Pardee
1:00-1:50Breakout Sessions
1:00-1:50Prop. 206’s Employee Leave Law and How It Fits with Existing State and Federal Laws John Richardson
1:00-1:50Social Media and Student Discipline Jessica Sanchez
Erin Walz
1:00-1:50Arizona’s Open Meeting Law: Hot Topics and Frequently Asked Questions Chris Thomas
Susan Segal
1:00-1:50Jurisdiction Issues on Indian Lands Alex Ivan
Claire DeChambre
2:00-2:50Breakout Sessions
2:00-2:50Can Students Record a Teacher Without Permission? A Study Tool or a Digital Exposure in the Classroom Michelle Marshall
Heidi Vega
2:00-2:50Crowdfunding and Other Creative Fundraising Techniques: The Legal ParametersKristin Mackin & Lana Berry
2:00-2:50Data Breaches and Student PrivacyCarrie O’Brien
Mike Barcia
Dr. Michelle Benham
Mary Simmons
2:00-2:50Accommodating Employees with Disabilities Kimberly Davis
Justin Brandt
3:10-4:00Breakout Sessions
3:10-4:00Procurement: What Board Members Should Know But Probably Don’t Anthony Contente-Cuomo
Clyde Dangerfield
3:10-4:00School Board Members and Social Media Denise Lowell-Britt
Helen Hollands
3:10-4:00School Resources and Influencing the Outcome of an Election Jordan Ellel & Chris Thomas
3:10-4:00Public Records: Does A New Attorney General Opinion Change Anything? Anne Carl
Roger Hall
4:00-5:30Black Caucus meeting


September 6
September 8
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J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge
5350 E Marriott Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85054 United States
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