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2017 WSAA – WASB School Law Seminar

The WSAA/WASB School Law Seminar, taking place Friday, Oct. 20 in Madison, will feature experienced school law attorneys presenting sessions on a variety of legal and related issues pertinent to school board members and school administrators.

Sessions will provide attendees with the latest information on important topics including: special education and disability rights, health law changes affecting schools, role of the union post-Act 10, new law update and much more.

Pre-Seminar Workshop: A special pre-seminar workshop will be offered before the WSAA/WASB School Law Seminar on Thursday, Oct. 19. This workshop will cover board-superintendent relations, examining roles and expectations as well as the process for decision-making and evaluation.

This event has been approved by the Wisconsin Court System for 6.0 CLEs for attorneys.

Pre-Seminar Workshop - Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Sheraton Madison Hotel • Madison

5:30 pm – Registration

6 pm – Dinner

6:30-9 pm – Board-Superintendent Relations

The relationship between the superintendent and school board is a key component to effective school district leadership. This session will conduct a careful examination of the board-superintendent relationship, roles and expectations as well as the process for decision-making and evaluation. An overview to the WASB superintendent evaluation system and board member self-assessment will connect expectations with actions.

• Louis Birchbauer, Wisconsin Association of School Boards
• Guy Leavitt, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

Program - Friday, October 20, 2017

Alliant Energy Center • Madison

8:30 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast

9-10:15 am
Utilizing a Grievance Procedure and Impartial Hearing Officer Post-Act 10
Wisconsin law mandates that districts maintain and employ a grievance procedure that addresses discipline and workplace safety issues as well as employee terminations. The procedure involves the use of impartial hearing officers. Presenters will address best practices for impartial hearing officers and for administrators. Additionally, the presenters will discuss common issues faced through the grievance procedure.
• Mark Kapocious, Greenfield School District
• Mary Hubacher, Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC

Today’s Special Education and Disability Rights Issues
This presentation will address a variety of issues impacting special education and disability rights including: how to avoid trouble with the Office for Civil Rights, student participation in extracurricular activities and sports, the accommodation of service animals, and practical problems complying with the least restrictive environment requirement under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
• Chrissy Hamiel, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
• Claire Hartley, Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC

10:15-10:30 am – Break

10:30-11:45 am
Transgender Students Law Update

School boards have an obligation to educate and protect all students, including transgender students. Balancing the needs and rights of all students generates litigation and requires the ongoing scrutiny of school district policies and practices. This presentation will provide updates from the most current court rulings and policy announcements from the Office for Civil Rights as well as practical advice on navigating this complicated issue. The session will also provide an overview of Kenosha Unified School District’s current petition to the United States Supreme Court asking the Court to provide definitive rulings on the rights of transgender students under Title IX and the United States Constitution.
• JoAnn Hart, Boardman & Clark LLP
• Ron Stadler, Mallery & Zimmerman S.C.

Health Law Changes Affecting Schools
This presentation will provide information regarding the status of the Affordable Care Act as well as an insurer’s view of the current and future markets for health insurance at the state and national levels. The presenters will also cover legal issues relating to the purchase of group health insurance including wellness options, account-based payments, narrow networks, cash in lieu, early retirement, and retiree medical benefits.
• Julie Lewis, Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy
• Richelle Ladwig, Unity Health Insurance

12–1 pm – Lunch

1-2:15 pm
ADA in the Employment Setting

Presenters will discuss common issues employers face when working to accommodate and engage in the interactive process with employees under the revised Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.
• Steve Zach, Boardman & Clark LLP
• Kyle Gulya, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

The Role of the Union Post-Act 10
This presentation will address questions regarding union representation with a focus on the current status of union representatives/representation in employment matters. It will include rights of bargaining unit employees during an investigation and the status of confidential, supervisory, and managerial employees.
• Tony Steffek, Davis & Kuelthau, s.c.
• Mindy Dale, Weld Riley, S.C.

2:15 – 2:30 pm – Break

2:30-3:45 pm
New Law Update

This presentation will cover a wide variety of case law and legislative changes impacting Wisconsin school districts at both the state and federal levels including a review of state budget items.
• Bob Burns, Davis & Kuelthau, s.c.
• Jina Jonen, Oregon School District

3:45 pm – Adjourn

Registration Information

The pre-seminar workshop registration is $95 and includes all materials and dinner on Thursday evening.

The seminar registration fee is $155.
Registration includes all materials, a continental breakfast and lunch on Friday.

The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 13.
Refunds will be given for cancellations received by that time.
To cancel, call toll-free 877.705.4422.

Pre-Seminar Workshop & Hotel – Oct. 19

Sheraton Madison Hotel • Madison    Directions
706 John Nolen Drive

Room Reservations: 844-220-3185
Hotel Rates: Single/Double Rate: $139
Cut-off Date for Hotel Rooms: Sept. 25
When making a reservation, identify yourself as a member of the WSAA/WASB Conference group to get the special group rate.

Seminar Location – Oct. 20    

Alliant Energy Center • Madison   Directions
1919 Allliant Energy Center Way