14th Annual Dr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium and Special Education Workshop
Join Pitt Law, The School of Education, and The Tri-State Area School Study Council for the 14th Annual Sr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium and Special Education Workshop!
7:30 a.m. Registration, Atrium, and Continental Breakfast, Assembly Room
8:10 a.m. Welcome, Dr. Diane Kirk and Dr. Sean Hughes,
Co-Directors of Tri-State Area School Study Council, Assembly Room
8:20 a.m. “School Law Update: How to Avoid Litigation and Liability in Your District”
Carl Beard, Esq., Andrews and Beard, Altoona
Introduction by Dr. Valerie McDonald, Superintendent, Avonworth School District
9:30 a.m. “Vouchers and School Choice”
Ira Weiss, Esq., Law Offices of Ira Weiss, Pittsburgh
Introduction by Dr. Robert Post, Superintendent, Grove City Area School District
10:40 a.m. Break
10:50 a.m. “The First Amendment and Employment Implications of Employee Use of
Social Networking Sites”
Matthew Hoffman, Esq., Tucker Arensberg, Pittsburgh
Introduction by Dr. Lawrence Korchnak, Superintendent, Baldwin-Whitehall School District
12:00 p.m. Lunch, Ballroom
Presentation of the Distinguished Achievement in Law Award,
Recipient: Carl Beard, Esq., Andrews and Beard, Altoona
1:15 p.m. “What You Should Know to Avoid Getting Sued: A Peek at the ACLU’s
Students’ Rights Playbook”
Vic Walczak, Esq., Legal Director, ACLU of Pittsburgh
Introduction by Mrs. Deborah Jackson, Superintendent, Burgettstown Area School District
2:20 p.m. “McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act: School District Obligations to Homeless and Out-of-Home Care Children”
Don Palmer, Esq., and Megan Ott, Esq., Goehring, Rutter & Beam,
Introduction by Mr. Shawn Kovac, Superintendent, North Star School District
3:30 p.m. “Legal Ethics and the Internet and Other Problems”
Robert Harper, Esq., Professor Emeritus,
School of Law, University of Pittsburgh
LAWYERS: This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5 Substantive Credits and 1 Ethics Credit – you must attend the 3:30 PM session to receive the Ethics Credit.
The CLE cost is $30, which can be paid at the door. If paying by check, please make the check out to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
The cost to register for the the entire program is $125. If paying by check, please make check out to the University of Pittsburgh.