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September 5, 2018 - September 7, 2018



The 42nd Annual ASBA Law Conference, will feature breakout sessions on topics ranging from legal issues to the most pressing legal concerns of the day.

Come listen to Ron Suskind speak on “Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism.”

Rosalind Wiseman is back speaking on “Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying and Injustice.”


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Materials: Pre-Conference, Law Conference


Download the new ASBA app which can be found on the App Store or Google Play. Once you download the app, click on “My Channels” and click on “Law Conference” to ensure you receive push notifications for this conference only.  Don’t forget to download the app to be entered into a drawing to win one free night at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn and choice of golf or spa treatment.


  • (Members) Pre-Conference $250 and Law Conference $500
  • (Nonmembers) Pre-Conference $500 and Law Conference $1,000


Download the hotel map.


The conference hotel is sold out. We are taking names for a waiting list and you can make reservations at our designated overflow hotel:

Mountain Shadows
5445 E. Lincoln Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Phone: 877-587-6981
Request the ASBA Law Conference rate: $139 plus $14 resort fee

Please contact Ellen White, ASBA’s Director of Conference and Business Services to be placed on the waiting list and provide your arrival and departure dates.

If rooms become available at Camelback Inn, replacements will be made in the order requests are received.

To be fair to all conference attendees, we request that you only reserve the number of rooms that will be utilized. If you need to make multiple hotel reservations under one name, you have until Wednesday, Aug. 8 to substitute those names with registered conference attendees.

After that time, multiple reservations under the same name that have been verified as not registered for the conference will be canceled.


Registration is open.

Late Registration:
Online registration closes Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. On-site registration requires an additional $50 fee.

Refunds, Cancellations and Substitutions:
The deadline for cancellations is Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. 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.


42nd Annual ASBA Law Conference

Wednesday, Sept. 5th
Pre-Conference One (Full Day): School Safety, Threat Assessment and Emergency Readiness
7:00-8:00Registration & Breakfast

8:00-8:10Welcome, Overview and IntroductionsChris Thomas
8:10-9:10Mental Illness and Threat AssessmentDr. Joel Dvoskin
9:10-10:00You Shouldn’t Be Here: Tools for Keeping Unwanted Guests Away From Your SchoolJennifer MacLennan
Tom Pickrell
10:15-11:00FERPA and School SafetyJulie Tolleson
11:00-12:00Can A Good Guy with a Gun Help?Steve Highlen
Rob Haws
Korey Bahme
Sean Rickert
John Meza
1:00-5:00The afternoon half-day session will be led by Michael Dorn, acclaimed school safety expert and highly acclaimed speaker.
1:00-3:00School Safety Fidelity, Part 1Michael Dorn
3:20-5:00School Safety Fidelity, Part 2Michael Dorn

42nd Annual ASBA Law Conference

Wednesday, Sept. 5th
Pre-Conference Two (Half Day): Paying School Employees
7:00-8:00Registration & Breakfast
8:00-8:05Welcome, Overview and IntroductionsChris Kotterman
8:05-8:30How Things Got This Way: A Brief History of Recent Arizona School FinanceDr. Chuck Essigs
8:30-9:20What Does Everyone Make? Different Classes of Employees and What the Data Tells UsDr. Anabel Aportela

9:20-10:00Sources of Funding and Where It Can Be Spent, Including Prop. 301 Plus the Problem of Salary CompressionJeff Gadd
Jim Geil
10:20-11:10Benefits: Health Insurance, Retirement, Leave and Other Chuck Essigs
Michelle Knudson
Jeff Stratman
11:10-12:00Getting to 20by2020 and Beyond: A Panel Discussion On Staff Salaries with School Business ManagersKen Hicks
Laura Felton

42nd Annual ASBA Law Conference

Wednesday, Sept. 5th
Pre-Conference Three (Half Day): Private School Vouchers: ESAs and Tax Credits

1:00-1:05Welcome, Overview and IntroductionsTracey Benson

1:05-1:50Legal and Legislative HistoryChris Thomas
1:50-2:50Empowerment Scholarship Accounts: Who Gets Them and How They WorkCarrie O’Brien
Jordan Ellel
3:10-4:00Student Tuition Tax Credits and Tuition OrganizationsLeigh Jensen
Sean Laux

4:00-5:00Why We Oppose Them: The Diversion of Public Resources, Erosion of Support for Public Education and Educational EquityChris Kotterman
Linda Lyon
Tracey Benson

5:00-6:00Happy Hour with Friends (of ASBA)
Reception Sponsored by Strategic Partners

42nd Annual ASBA Law Conference

Thursday, Sept. 6th
8:00-8:10Welcome & Overview of the ConferenceDr. Tim Ogle
Chris Thomas
8:10-9:40Legal and Legislative Update: A Run-Down of the Latest from the Capitol and the World of School LawChris Thomas
Chris Kotterman
10:00-11:00Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and AutismRon Suskind
11:00-12:00Common Ground: The Immense Challenge of Poverty in Attaining Educational EquitySean F. Reardon
1:00-1:50Breakout Sessions
1:00-1:50Preparing for the Worst: Active Shooter Situations – Averting and Planning for the Unthinkable Michael Dorn
1:00-1:50The Die Is Not Cast: Strategies That Work for Lower Socio-Economic Schools Prof. Sean Reardon
Nikkie Whaley
1:00-1:50They Can’t Say That…Can They?: Part One: Your Employees and Board Members and Social Media Jessica Sanchez
Heidi Vega
1:00-1:50Procurement and Conflicts of Interest Susan Segal
Michelle Marshall
2:00-2:50Breakout Sessions
2:00-2:50No, Schools Are Not Responsible for Students from the Moment They Leave the House: Custody, Control and Liability Matt Wright
Dave Pauole
2:00-2:50Superintendent Contracts: What’s Fair for the District Kirstin Story
Jenny Lee Cota
2:00-2:50They Can’t Say That…Can They? Part Two: Your Students and Social MediaLisa Ann Smith
Sesaly Stamps
2:00-2:50Special Education Update 2018 Heather Pierson
Kimberly Davis
3:10-4:00Breakout Sessions
3:10-4:00Unreasonable, Persistent or Vexatious Complainants – Strategies in Dealing with Unrelenting GadfliesJordan Ellel, Jeff Dollins & Danee Garone
3:10-4:00It’s Not Me, It’s Them: The Dissenting Board MemberBen Hufford
Julie Bacon
3:10-4:00Teacher Professionalism and Certification: The Work of the Professional Practices Advisory Committee Tom Pickrell, ALicia Williams, Eric Schwarz & Garnett Winders
3:10-4:00Prop. 206 Sick Leave/Minimum Wage Update: Defending Claims Made for Wrongful Denial of Leave or Retaliation for Taking Leave Candy Pardee
John Richardson
4:10-5:00Breakout Sessions
4:10-5:00Fundraising and the Law Jennifer MacLennan
4:10-5:00Family Law Within the Schoolhouse Gates Dave Garner
Lindsay Olivarez
4:10-5:00Legal Issues Relating to Superintendent Searches Patrice Horstman
Steve Highlen
4:10-5:00Social Media and Arizona’s Open Meeting Law Denise Lowell-Britt
Julia Smock
5:00-6:30Law Firm Sponsored Reception

42nd Annual ASBA Law Conference

Friday, September 7th
7:30-8:20OPTIONAL PROGRAM -- Breakfast with Friends (of ASBA): The 2018 Ballot and What It Means for Arizona Public EducationChris Kotterman
Paul Bentz
Leigh Jensen
Chris Thomas
8:30-8:35Welcome, County Meetings Preview Chris Thomas
Linda Lyon
8:35-9:25Preventing Future “#Me-Toos”: Averting and Responding to Sexual Harassment in the Education WorkplaceJim Walsh
9:45-11:00Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and InjusticeRosalind Wiseman
11:00-12:00Stump the Lawyer, #RedForEd Edition:
FAQs on Walk Outs, Sick Outs, Demonstrations and Strikes: Handling Employee Job Actions and Advocacy
Ben Hufford
Jarrett Haskovec
Denise Lowell-Britt
Tom Pickrell
Chris Thomas
1:00-1:50Breakout Sessions
1:00-1:50School Resources and Elections: Do’s and Don’t’s Chris Thomas
1:00-1:50My Right Is Bigger Than Your Right: Can Student Religious Speech Become Bullying?John Richardson
Jordan Ellel
1:00-1:50Can The Governing Board Create Liability for the District? Brandon Kavanagh
Tom Dietrich
1:00-1:50Spores Molds and Fungus: School Environmental Issues in the Learning Environment Anne Carl
Anthony Contente-Cuomo
2:00-2:50Breakout Sessions
2:00-2:50Racial Discrimination Controversy in Schools: What You Can Learn from Starbucks and L.A. FitnessHeidi Vega, Brooke Razo & Ernie Calderon
2:00-2:50How Do We Do It?: Implementing Student Discipline Reform Using Restorative JusticeDeanna Rader
2:00-2:50Student Data Privacy Carrie O'Brien, Dr. Rebecca Bolnick & Dr. Michelle Benham
2:00-2:50Student Search and Seizure: Legal Implications for Schools Erin Walz
Cathleen Dooley
3:10-4:00Breakout Sessions
3:10-4:00Tinker in the 21st Century: Student Walkouts and Protests Claire DeChambre
Nathan Schott
3:10-4:00ASBA Delegate Assembly Pre-Game: A Deeper Dive Into the Issues and the ProcessChris Kotterman
Leigh Jensen & Torri Anderson
3:10-4:00Who’s Holding?: The Challenges of Marijuana In And Around Schools Kristin Mackin
David DeCabooter
3:10-4:00The Parents Bill of Rights, Curriculum and Tests: How Far Do They Go? Shelby Exposito
Kyle Mabe


September 5, 2018
September 7, 2018
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Scottsdale, AZ 85253 United States
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