6.20.19 Dr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium and Special Education Workshop

22nd Annual Dr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium and Special Education Workshop

June 20, 2019

Register online here!

(Click here to access the PDF registration form)

New Location:
Edgewood Country Club
100 Churchill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

Agenda coming soon!

Cost to attend:
$140/registrant for Members
$165/registrant for Non-members
$260/registrant for Attorneys seeking CLE credits*

*There is a $120 fee for processing CLE credit for this event, which is included in the cost of the attorney registration fee.

Registration cancellation notice: The organization listed above will be billed for all listed registrants, regardless of attendance, unless we receive a cancellation notice at least THREE business days prior to the workshop.  Thank you for your understanding.


2018 Workshop: Recap

The 20th Annual Dr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium and Special Education Workshop was held at the University Club on June 27, 2018   The program featured concurrent presentation sessions featuring hot topics in school law and special education. The 2018  program can be viewed here.

Presentation Materials from the 2018 Event:

“School Law Update: New Issues for School Administrators”– Carl Beard, Esq., Beard Legal Group, P.C.

“Responding Appropriately to Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Claims in the #MeToo Landscape” – Matthew Hoffman, Esq., Tucker Arensberg, P.C.

“Act 55: Major Changes in the Rules for Furloughs of School Employees. Legal and Labor Relations Hazards and Pitfalls” – Ira Weiss, Esq., Weiss Burkardt Kramer, LLC

Suspension (Furlough) of Professional Employees – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

“Schol Safety and Students’ Rights” – Sara Rose, Esq., ACLU of Pennsylvania

Collateral Consequences for Students of Police Contact

School Policing: Questions and Answers for Pennsylvania School Leaders

“Kneeling, Walkouts & Social Media Nastiness: The Latest Student Free Speech Issues” – Patrick Fanelli, Esq., Fanelli Willett Law Offices

“Highlights from the Civil Rights Data Collection: Key Takeaways and Emerging Issues” – Cheryl Kleiman, Esq., Education Law Center & Samantha Murphy, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Improving Educational & Well Being Outcomes

“The IDEA State Performance Plane/Annual Performance Report, and Other Current Topics in Special Education” – Barbara Mozina, Special Education Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education

“Adherence to Best Practices and Legal Compliance to Promote School safety and Emotional Wellness: Intervention, Prevention, and Assessment” – Rebecca Heaton Hall, Esq., Weiss Burkardt Kramer, LLC & Dr. Jessica Dirsmith, State College Area School District and The Pennsylvania State University

“Special Education Updates: Information for Administrators” – Patricia R. Andrews, Esq., Andrews & Price, LLC & Lori Sutton, Bethel Park School District

“Whose Job is It? The LEA’s Role in Recommending Outside Placements and Implementing IEPs” – Rachel Lozosky, Esq., Peacock Keller

“Ethics: Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers” – Dr. Joseph Dimperio, Esq.