(Due to a scheduling conflict, the virtual Fall School Law Forum has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 

At the School Law Forum, learn about recent developments and emerging issues in school law. Practicing school board attorneys will share research and their own experiences while addressing the latest court decisions, administrative rulings, statutes, and codes that affect public education and school district governance.

Session highlights:

School Law Update – A review of recent cases and legislation important to the board attorney, school administrators, and board members alike. In this session, Kathleen Asher and Katrina Homel will highlight notable cases during the past year while also reviewing recent legislation, regulations, and executive orders.

Employee Leaves and Accommodations in the Time of COVID-19 – As the novel coronavirus has engulfed the nation, federal and state legislation has been adopted to provide relief to employees affected by the disease. However, the abundance of legislation can be confusing and even contradictory at times. This session, presented by Cameron Morgan and Kerri Wright, will provide clarity on employer obligations and employee rights in this continually shifting landscape.

Student Discipline of Off-Campus Conduct – In the age of social media, it is hard to know where to draw the line on imposing student discipline for inappropriate behavior even as students maintain the right to freedom of speech in this virtual world. Join Brenda Liss and Paul Green as they bring their expertise to this interesting and necessary topic.

Title IX – The New World – This session will focus on the new federal Title IX regulations. The new federal Title IX regulations will change the landscape concerning school district obligations. This session is especially important for districts receiving federal funding. Amy Houck-Elco and Joanne Butler will take attendees on a tour of these new and detailed regulations.

 Negotiations During a Pandemic – Negotiations must go on, even during a pandemic. What are the best methods to bring to the table and what topics should be avoided? Derlys Gutierrez and Michael Pattanite will help guide districts with the best information currently available.

The Legal Ethics of Practicing Remotely – David Rubin will bring his knowledge and expertise to a topic that is important to all practitioners in these times. This thought-provoking session details the pitfalls of remote practice.

Program Rates/Professional Development Credits

School board members, administrators, and AMPSA members may attend for $249 per person. The non-member rate is $498 per person. This program will carry 5.5 CLE pending credits for New Jersey lawyers and 3 Board Member Academy Credits.


School board member and school administrator registration may be handled online by the school business administrator. A purchase order must be attached to the registration.

AMPSA Members  AMPSA members may register online on the NJSBA website by logging into their account and paying by credit card.

Non-Member Attorneys  Attorneys who are not members of AMPSA may attend at the non-member rate. Please contact Cindy Harrison via email to register.