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43rd Annual Law Conference

September 4, 2019 - September 6, 2019

43rd Annual Law Conference

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

Attend your choice of two full-day pre-conference sessions on Social Media, Schools and the Law and Educational Equity and the Law.

43rd Annual ASBA Law Pre-Conference

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Pre-Conference One (Full Day): Social Media, Schools and The Law
8:00am - 4:45pm
7:00-8:00Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:30A Primer On Today’s Social Media Landscape
8:30-9:15Do We Have to Take This? Public Interaction With Board Members and Staff Over Social Media
9:15-10:00Screen Time and Children: What Does the Research Say?
10:15-11:10Open Meeting and Public Records Laws in the Digital Age
11:10-12:00When Can You Search That Cell Phone? Plus An Overview of Staff and Student Cell Phone Policies And Student-Staff Boundary Concerns
1:00-2:00Tinker’s Disruption Test and Student-to-Student Interactions: Does It Hold Up in the Digital Age?
2:00-3:00Putting Out (or Containing) The Viral Social Media Fire
3:15-4:00The Digital Divide and the Challenge to Educational Equity
4:00-4:45What Happened to Free Speech?: Discipline of Public Employees for Social Media Actions

43rd Annual ASBA Law Pre-Conference

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Pre-Conference Two (Full Day): Educational Equity and the Law
8:00am - 4:45pm
7:00-8:00Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00An Overview of the Laws That Require Equal Educational Opportunities for All Students
9:00-10:00Poverty in Arizona: An Overview, Trends and Educational Data
10:15-11:10Desegregation, Is It Still “A Thing?” Plus Other Funding Systems and Their Impact on Educational Equity
11:10-12:00Early Childhood Education: Is it the Key? (And How K-12 Can Help)
1:00-1:25The Critical Importance of the 2020 Census to Arizona’s Schools and Communities
1:25-2:15R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Find Out What It Means to Me): How to Get More From Your Staff to Your Students and Vice Versa
2:15-3:00Section 504: The Special Education Law That Affects the Most Students (And Staff)
3:15-4:00Budgeting for Equity: Getting the Best Teachers to the Students Who Need Them the Most
4:00-4:45Promoting Equity in Student Discipline
4:45-6:30OPTIONAL PROGRAM: Happy Hour with Friends (of ASBA)
Reception Sponsored by Strategic Partners

43rd Annual ASBA Law Conference

Thursday, Sept. 5
8:00am - 5:00pm
8:00-8:05Welcome & Overview of the Conference
8:05-9:30Legal & Legislative Update: A Run-Down of the Latest from the Capitol and the World of School Law
9:30-9:40Presentation of 14th John McDonald Award
10:00-10:50Stump The School Business Official
Moderator: Chris Kotterman
10:50-11:50Keynote: When Values Clash: The Culture Wars Played Out in Our Public Schools and The Courts
1:00-1:50Breakout Sessions
1:00-1:50Don't Do This...Do That. Open Meeting Law Best Practices
1:00-1:50The Legal Perspective on Social Services at Schools: Working With Outside Groups to Serve Your Students
1:00-1:50Who Gets to See that Video?
1:00-1:50It’s Not Just Peanuts: Allergens and the Law
2:00-2:50Breakout Sessions
2:00-2:50Immigration & Schools
2:00-2:50Conflicts of Interest and Gifts: What Are the Rules of the Road
2:00-2:50Stay in Your Lane, Bro (and Sis): School Board Governance/Oversight vs. School Staff Administration/Operations
2:00-2:50School Resources and Elections: An Overview and Emerging Issues
3:10-4:00Breakout Sessions
3:10-4:00The End of the Four-Hour Block: What’s Next For English Language Learners
3:10-4:00From the Desk Of The Auditor General: What We Look For When We Audit School Districts and How Boards Can Help
3:10-4:00We Hope You Enjoy Your Stay: Parents & Community Members Interacting On Your Campus And When It Becomes A Problem
3:10-4:00Vaping: The Law, Your Policies and Your Responses
4:10-5:00Breakout Sessions
4:10-5:00Legal Considerations of Educating Native American Students On and Off Tribal Lands
4:10-5:00I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now: 20 Things Every Board Member Should Take To Heart
4:10-5:00Ransomware, Malware and Other Data Breaches: How Vulnerable Are School Districts?
4:10-5:00Here We Go Again (On Our Own): School District Website Accessibility and OCR Enforcement
5:00-6:30Law Firm Sponsored Reception

43rd Annual ASBA Law Conference

Friday, Sept. 6
8:00am - 5:00pm
8:00-8:10Welcome, County Meetings Preview Chris Thomas
Tracey Benson
8:10-8:20A Message from Arizona Board of RegentsJohn Arnold
8:20-9:30The Gift of Failure: How Schools and Parents Can Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can SucceedJessica Lahey
9:50-11:00Keynote: What Public Schools Can Do to Create Future Informed, Engaged VotersEric Liu
11:00-12:00Stump the LawyerBen Hufford, moderator
Rob Haws
Tom Pickrell
John Richardson
Candy Pardee
Denise Bainton
12:00-1:15Lunch with State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman: Arizona Public Education 2019: Where Are We?Kathy Hoffman
1:15-2:05Breakout Sessions
1:15-2:05The Unique Legal Challenges of Small and Rural SchoolsClaire DeChambre & Kristen Dikeman
1:15-2:05Student Fees and Tax Credits: What are The Legal and Practical Guardrails?Kristin Mackin
Dale Ponder
1:15-2:05Sorting Through the Student Assessment “Mess” and What Data to Use in Teacher EvaluationsChris Kotterman, Alicia Williams, Jarrett Haskovec
1:15-2:05School Land Use: Acquiring, Maintaining, Leasing and Selling PropertySteve Highlen
Rob Haws & Jeff Gadd
2:15-3:05Breakout Sessions
2:15-3:05Promoting Safety and A Positive School ClimateErin Walz
Cathleen Dooley
2:15-3:05Responding to Public Records Requests, Subpoenas and Other Legal InquiriesLindsay Oliveras & Michelle Marshall
2:15-3:05School District Consolidation/Unification: What Are The Options?Nathan Schott, Chuck Essigs & Leigh Jensen
2:15-3:05The Law of Career and Technical EducationTina Norton
Brandon Kavanagh
3:05-3:25Break/Ice Cream Social
3:25-4:15Breakout Sessions
3:25-4:15ASBA Delegate Assembly PreviewSam Richard, Chris Kotterman & Leigh Jensen
3:25-4:15First Amendment at the Board MeetingJordan Ellel
3:25-4:15Let’s Talk About Sex (Education): What Does The Law Say?Candy Pardee & Rob Ross
3:25-4:15What Board Members Should Know About Special EducationKacey Gregson


These pages are password protected and you will receive the password in an email and at the conference.
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. 

Jim Walsh
When Values Clash: The Culture Wars Played Out In Our Public Schools and The Courts

Jessica Lahey
The Gift of Failure

Eric Liu
What Public Schools Can Do to Create Future Informed, Engaged Voters

Network with colleagues, administrators and state legislators during receptions on Wed., Sept. 4 at 4:45pm (sponsored by The Friends of ASBA) and Thurs., Sept. 5 at 5pm (sponsored by Arizona’s school law firms). Breakfasts and lunches included in registration.

Pre-Conference only: $250
Law Conference only: $500

Registration Deadline
Online registration closes Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. On-site registration requires an additional $50 fee.

Hotel Information: Rooms at the Camelback Inn are sold out.
Reservations are now being accepted at the Mountain Shadows Resort, 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (located ½ mile from Camelback Inn). The conference rate is $139 per night plus a $14 per night resort fee. The cutoff date to reserve rooms is August 14.

There are three ways that guests can make a reservation:

1) Call Group Reservations at 877-587-6981 and mention AZ School Boards Association

2) Via their website mountainshadows.com
a. Enter stay dates & click Book Your Stay
b. On top right corner click Enter Code
c. Under Optional Codes, Enter Group Code “AZSBA2019”
d. Click Apply Changes and it will pull up the bookable rooms

3) Click on the link below.
a. AZSBA Overflow Link
b. Select dates
c. Click Check Availability and it will put up the bookable rooms.

If you wish to be placed on the waiting list for Camelback Inn, please send an email to Ellen White, ewhite@azsba.org and include the name of the guest and the arrival and departure dates. If rooms at Camelback Inn become available, those on the waiting list will be assigned based on the date the email was received.

Save the Date for 2019 Delegate Assembly

The 2019 Delegate Assembly will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8 a.m. for ASBA members. Don’t forget to register one of your board members to serve as the delegate and vote on the 2020 Political Agenda.


September 4, 2019
September 6, 2019
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JW Marriott Camelback Inn, Scottsdale
5402 E Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 United States
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