New Series! - Guiding Your Clients Through the OCR Woods

During the first term of the Obama Administration, school districts all over the country have experienced a new level of vigor in the investigations of discrimination complaints filed with multiple federal agencies, particularly the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. OCR seems to have expanded its reach into aspects of school districts’ daily operations previously left alone, as school districts successfully challenged such processes as being outside the jurisdiction of the handful of federal statutes OCR is charged with enforcing. In this changing landscape of investigative and enforcement processes, a proactive hands-on approach to handling OCR complaints will benefit school districts in their current and future dealings with OCR. In this three-part series, we will provide suggested best practices to assist you and your clients in navigating the OCR woods. Webinars will be held March 19, May 7, and June 11, 2013. See below for session details.

February 7, 2013 – The Affordable Care Act: Its Major Components and What They Mean for School Districts

Now that the election is over and the Affordable Care Act remains in effect, the next round of obligations for states and for employers are set to roll out in 2013. Join us for a discussion of some of the major components of the ACA so that you can gain an understanding of how their implementation may look for your school district clients as employers. We will address: State Health Insurance Exchanges, some Group Health Plan Requirements (Summary of Benefits, W-2 reporting, FSA contributions, “full time employee” determinations, and more), the Individual Mandate, Medicaid, and requirements due to kick in next year.

February 26, 2013 – Boot Camp #3 The Supreme Court and Public Education

You know Brown and Tinker, but do you know San Antonio, TLO, Safford, Fraser, Hazelwood, Lambs Chapel, Zobrest, Good News, and Santa Fe? Do you know which Supreme Court public school decision has been likened by a sitting Supreme Court justice to, “some ghoul in a late-night horror movie that repeatedly sits up in its grave and shuffles abroad, after being repeatedly killed and buried . . . “? Supreme Court jurisprudence addressing public schools and public employers gives school attorneys the foundation of their practice and the broader legal community unique insights into the policy priorities of the current Court.  Don’t miss this introduction to the Supreme Court and public education presented by the NSBA legal team.

March 19, 2013 – OCR Session #1 Before OCR Arrives: Preventative Steps

In Session 1, we will discuss the regulatory obligations school districts must meet currently, irrespective of whether a complaint has been filed with OCR. These obligations include: identifying certain staff members and their responsibilities, developing and implementing policies and regulations for staff and student conduct, internal complaint processes, disciplinary processes, and procedures related to special education services.

May 7, 2013 – OCR Session #2 Types of OCR Investigations and Their Outcomes

In Session 2, we will provide an overview of the characteristics of the different types of investigations OCR conducts, the myriad contexts in which these investigations can occur, what these investigations look like in real time in terms of staff and district operations, and the ways OCR complaints are brought to closure.

May 21, 2013 – Boot Camp #4 Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a common basis of employee and student complaints in a school district environment. This webinar is designed to provide the new school law practitioner with a basic understanding of the law on sexual harassment as it relates to employee claims brought under Title VII and student claims asserted under Title IX. Using recent Supreme Court and other federal opinions and agency guidance, it discusses the types of conduct covered by both statutes, some of the key issues surrounding each type of claim, and the standards that must be met before school districts can be held liable.

June 11, 2013 – OCR Session #3 Nuts & Bolts of an OCR Investigation: From Initial Notice to Closure Letter

Session 3 will take us through an OCR investigation step-by-step from the time the school district receives the complaint to when OCR closes the case. During this conversation, we will discuss preparing the initial response to the complaint; handling OCR document requests, site visits, and OCR interviews with staff and students; negotiating resolution agreements, and addressing various situations that develop along the way.

Join us for the webinars from 1:00-2:15 p.m. Eastern Time (unless otherwise specified). Webinars are priced per site, so include your whole education law team in this valuable COSA offering!

**Please note COSA does not apply for CLE credit for webinars. States vary regarding CLE webinar rules/regulations. Please check with your state’s MCLE commission for details.

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  • Boot Camp #1 Student Discipline Recording [Webinar Details]
    Although courts recognize the legitimate interest of public school districts in implementing reasonable rules and regulations to control student conduct, this authority is not unlimited.  Students enjoy certain constitutional, statutory, and regulatory protections from arbitrary and unreasonable discipline.  While states commonly require or authorize school districts to adopt student codes of conduct, the laws and policies governing student discipline vary significantly from state to state. Overlaying these state requirements are federal concepts that provide a basic legal framework for students discipline.   In this webinar, NSBA Senior Staff Attorney Leza Conliffe reviews that framework, including due process rights, types of disciplinary sanctions, off-campus conduct, and procedures for students the disabilities. (Record date: November 7, 2012) [Hide Details]
  • Boot Camp #2 School Board Authority Recording [Webinar Details]
    Public education is a state function. However, with a few states as exceptions, local school boards are entrusted with overseeing and directing it. The authority of school boards is derived from state constitutional, statutory, and/or administrative provisions and interpreted by state administrative tribunals and courts. In addition to specific state and federal statutes relating to education, school boards are also subject to laws governing public bodies, such as open meetings requirements and state ethics laws. In this informative webinar, veteran school attorney Robert A. Kohn of Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn in Arlington Heights, Illinois, will go over the ins and outs of school board authority. (Record date: December 18, 2012) [Hide Details]
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I Want to Register Per Boot Camp Webinar

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Regular Rate $165
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $95
COSA In House Counsel Members $65
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I Want to Register For the OCR Series

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Regular Rate $450
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $250
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I Want to Register Per OCR Webinar

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Regular Rate $185
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $125
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Cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing by fax (703-519-6497) or email ( to the NSBA registrar no later than 24 hours prior to the start of webinar. After that date and time, no refunds will be issued; however, you may transfer your registration to another participant.