Cooper Levenson Education Law Team to Speak at NJ School Boards Association Workshop 2018

Attorneys from Cooper Levenson’s Education/School Law Practice Group will speak at the NJSBA/NJASA/NJASBO Workshop 2018, to be held Oct. 22-25, 2018 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, One Convention Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. This annual gathering is the largest and most comprehensive training conference for the education community in New Jersey. The theme for Workshop 2018 is “Engaging Every Child.”

On Tues., Oct. 23, from 9:30  – 10:30 a.m., William S. Donio and Amy Houck Elco present “Strike Out! Negotiations, Job Actions and Strikes under Janus and the New Jersey Workplace Democracy Enhancement Actin Room 410. Speakers William S. Donio and Amy Houck Elco will present on negotiations, job actions and strikes in a school district in light of the changes under the U. S. Supreme Court Janus decision and the New Jersey Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act. They will also provide practical tips for school boards and school administrators during these changing times. This session is eligible for 1 QPA credit.

On Tues., Oct. 23, from noon – 12:30 p.m., “From the Outside In: Learn How School Bus Drivers and Aides Can Report Suspicious Activity Before It Enters Your School Doors” in the Cooper Levenson Learning Lab. (Lab #8). Speaker Sean F. Dalton, Former Assistant Attorney General, will discuss school district security plans, the role of the police and school security specialists, suspicious activity training, and the how, when, and to whom aspects of reporting.

On Tues., Oct. 23, from 2:00-2:30 p.m., School Security: Avoiding the “Information Bermuda Triangle” in the Cooper Levenson Learning Lab (Lab #8). Without information, there cannot be knowledge. This presentation will provide practical and important strategies for school districts to enhance security in their schools and communities.  It will provide a step by step approach to building a healthy, positive network of professionals focused on school security. We will also review current law and how it can be applied to build relationships and enhance security through information sharing.  Speaker Sean F. Dalton, Former Assistant Attorney General.

 On Wed., Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m.– noon, Sean F. Dalton will present “Interview Techniques” in the Cooper Levenson Learning Lab (Lab #8). Speaker Sean F. Dalton, Former Assistant Attorney General, will provide an overview of training programs for school officials on appropriate interview techniques for HIB and/or School Code of Conduct investigations. He will cover foundational questions, the order of interviews in an investigation, non-verbal cues, phrasing your questions, how to deal with uncooperative interviewees, and more.

On Wed., Oct. 24, from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m., see us on the Mock Board on the Investors Bank Theater stage. This legal program, presented in a school board meeting format, will present several controversial issues likely to come before your board in the coming school year. You will certainly want to attend this session to be better prepared. Some of the best legal minds in the state will role-play critical issues in an informative and engaging format on the main stage. Following the main presentation, the public will have an opportunity to present general school law and labor relations questions to this panel of distinguished school board attorneys. Bring your school law questions to the professionals!

On Wed., Oct. 24, from 2:00-2:30 p.m. and again from 3:00-3:30 p.m., William S. Donio and Kelli A. Prinz will present “Walkouts, Sit-ins, Protests ~Oh My!”  in the Cooper Levenson Learning Lab (Lab #8). This presentation will focus on the various legal and policy mechanisms that are available to administrators and a board of education during student walkouts, sit-ins, protests and other student events that are being taken under the general umbrella of First Amendment rights. Emphasis will be placed on not only legal rights but also positive ways to divert potential safety issues and parent concerns.

Sponsored by New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators and the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials, Workshop 2018 is the largest training conference for the state’s local school officials. Last year’s event drew nearly 8,000 attendees and featured more than 250 training and information sessions for school board members, superintendents, school business administrators and other district staff, including IT directors, buildings-and-grounds supervisors and curriculum supervisors.

Cooper Levenson is a full service law firm since 1957, with 75 attorneys and New Jersey offices in Atlantic City and Cherry Hill. The firm also has offices in Bear, Del., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Las Vegas, Nev.