ASBA 45th Annual Law Conference

September 8, 2021 - September 10, 2021

The 2021 edition of the ASBA Law Conference will be held September 8-10 at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale. Registration is now open.

This year’s conference promises to be a great one with the following highlights:

Two Full-Day Pre-Conferences on Wednesday, September 8:

Educating Students in Poverty: A Day Long Look at The Legal, Financial and Practical Issues in Delivering Opportunities for All

Law School for School Leaders: A Day Long Look At The Legal Framework That Governs Public Education

Don’t miss out on a Full Legal and Legislative Update, plus 28 timely breakout sessions from the world of school law.

HOTEL INFORMATION UPDATE:  Overflow hotel rooms for the ASBA Law Conference have been arranged at the Monte Lucia Resort.  Below is the link to make reservations.  The property is conveniently located across the street from the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn.  The room rate is $174 single/double.

Omni Resorts – Monte Lucia|Scottsdale

You are still welcome to send me an email to be put on the waiting list for Camelback Inn but I highly recommend that you make a reservation at Monte Lucia as there are no guarantees that you will be able to get in at the Camelback Inn.  If you do send an email to be placed on the waiting list, please make sure to include the names of the individuals along with their arrival and departure dates. We look forward to seeing everyone in-person this year at this very popular event!  Thank you so much for your patience.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: ASBA is following the Camelback Inn’s and City of Phoenix guidelines to ensure the safest learning experience for all.  Fully vaccinated guests are not required to wear a mask or observe social distancing.  Others are encouraged to wear a mask and maintain social distancing for their protection.

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Francisco M. Negron, Jr.

National School Boards Association Chief Legal Officer

Federal Update: The 2020-2021 U.S. Supreme Court Term, Other Federal Courts and Federal Regulation

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David Epstein

Author

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

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Bruce Hennes

CEO of Hennes Communications

Crisis Communications

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John Ratzenberger

American Actor, Director, Entrepreneur and Writer

Made In America: Career and Technical Education and the Trades

ASBA 45th Annual Law Pre-Conference Agendas: Wednesday, September 8

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(Pre-Conference One) Educating Students in Poverty: A Day Long Look at the Legal, Financial and Practical Issues in Delivering Opportunities For All

8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Lunch Included
Sessions will include:

  • Title I: How It Works
  • Resources and Legal Issues in Addressing the Social and Behavioral Needs of Students
  • Desegregation and Other Targeted Funding: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Identifying and Serving Homeless Students
  • The Foster Care System, Custody Issues and Public Schools
  • The Complexities of Providing FAPE for Special Education Students in Poverty Proven Strategies for Getting Parents Involved
  • Impact of the Pandemic on Students of Poverty and Remediating Learning Loss
  • Beyond Lunch: Student Food Service
  • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Friends of ASBA Reception

    (Pre-Conference Two) Law School for School Leaders: A Day Long Look At The Legal Framework That Governs Public Education

    8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Lunch Included
    Sessions will include:
  • Course One: Jurisprudence/Legal Process From Idea to Law: The Legislative and Legal Process and Who Does What
  • Course One (continued): Jurisprudence/Legal Process From Law to Implementation What Happens When Something Goes “Wrong” - The Courts, The Role of Precedent and How to Use the Legal Guidance We Have
  • Course Two: Contracts (with employee due process)
  • Course Three: Property
  • Course Four: Criminal Law (with student discipline)
  • Course Five: Torts/Liability
  • Course Six: Constitutional Law
  • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Friends of ASBA Reception

    45th Annual ASBA Law Conference Agenda: Thursday, September 9

    8:00 am - 8:10 am

    Welcome & Overview of the Conference

    Ann O’Brien and Chris Thomas

    8:10 am - 9:25 am

    Legal & Legislative Update: A Run-Down of the Latest from the Capitol and the World of School Law

    Chris Thomas and Chris Kotterman

    9:25 am - 10:10 am

    Federal Update: The 2020-2021 U.S. Supreme Court Term, Other Federal Courts and Federal Regulation

    Francisco M. Negron, Jr.

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    10:10 am - 10:30 am

    Break

    10:30 am - 10:45 am

    John R. McDonald Award

    Chris Thomas

    10:45 am - 11:45 am

    Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

    David Epstein

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    11:45 am - 1:00 pm

    Lunch

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    THURSDAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Round One (Preliminary Schedule)

    • Student Off-Campus Speech After the B.L. v. Mahanoy Case
    • What If We Give It Away?: Gift of Public Funds and the Arizona Constitution
    • How Many People Are Coming Tonight?!: Handling Political and Emotional Charged Board Meetings
    • School Finance In A Nutshell: The Questions Board Members Should Be Asking

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    THURSDAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Round Two (Preliminary Schedule)

    • Title IX Harassment Process: Do’s and Don’ts
    • Putting Those ESSER Funds to Good Use: Opportunities and Limitations
    • Professionalism: Expectations of Working for and Serving A Public Entity
    • Immigration & Schools Update: Students & Staff

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    THURSDAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Round Three (Preliminary Schedule)

    • Social Media Rules: What’s Enforceable and Coaching Best Practices Among Students, Staff and Board Members
    • Building Affordable Housing Options As A Strategy to Combat the Teacher Shortage
    • The Digital Divide Post-Pandemic: What Needs to Be Done In Technology to Close Opportunity Gaps
    • Opt-In or Opt-Out: Parental Rights in Curriculum, Safety, Sex Education

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    THURSDAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Round Four (Preliminary Schedule)

    • Torn Between Three Jurisdictions: The Legal Complexities of the Arizona School District Serving Native American Students
    • Student Data Privacy and Security
    • LGBTQ Student & Employee Rights: What’s The Latest?
    • Service and Companion Animals: When To Approve Them and How to Regulate

    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Sponsored Reception

    45th Annual ASBA Law Conference Agenda: Friday, September 10

    8:00 am - 8:10 am

    Welcome, County Meetings Preview

    Ann O’Brien and Chris Thomas

    Welcome, County Meetings Preview

    8:10 am - 9:25 am

    Stump the Lawyer

    Ben Hufford-Moderator, John Richardson, Jessica Sanchez, Jennifer MacLennan, Chris Thomas

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    9:25 am - 10:25 am

    Crisis Communications

    Bruce Hennes

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    10:25 am - 10:45 am

    Break

    10:45 am - 11:45 am

    Made In America: Career and Technical Education and the Trades

    John Ratzenberger

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    11:45 am - 1:00 pm

    Lunch

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    FRIDAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Round One (Preliminary Schedule)

    • The Open Meeting Law and Public Participation
    • Are We Ready For This?: Curriculum and Controversial Issues
    • Current and Emerging Issues in School Employment
    • Parental Custody Issues Brought to School
    • Enrollment Issues: Variances Inside and Outside the District
    • English Language Learners: Getting Beyond English Acquisition to Full Educational Opportunity
    • Working with Partners in Student Well-Being: The Legal Pitfalls to Avoid in Educating the Whole Child
    • Let’s Keep the Lawyers Out of This: Litigation Avoidance Strategies for School Boards to Consider

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    FRIDAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Round Two (Preliminary Schedule)

    • Special Education Law: Tips to Avoid Conflicts with Parents and Avoid Litigation
    • Trends in Employee Benefits: Health Insurance, Leave Policies & Retirement
    • Drawing the Line: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policies and the Law
    • Masks, Social Distancing and Other COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    FRIDAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Round Three (Preliminary Schedule)

    • Resolving Conflicts on the Board and In the Community
    • When and How to Employ Restorative Justice Principles in Student Discipline
    • It’s Job One: School Boards and Policy
    • Critical Race Theory: What It Is and Its Relation (Or Lack of It) to Educational Equity for All

    Additional Information

    September 8, 2021

    8:30 am - 6:00 pm

    Event Registration

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