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39th Annual School Client Conference

January 12
M-Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225
January 12, 2024

Join us for the Hodgson Russ 38th Annual School Client Conference
Our attorneys will provide insight into some of the most critical issues facing school districts. Three tracks are planned with information specific to your employees' needs:

  • Employee Track (A) - these sessions will focus on topics related to your employees.
  • Business Track  (B) - these sessions will focus on school district business operations. 
  • Student Track (C) - will focus on current issues affecting students in the educational environment.

​​​​​​​Who should attend: Board of Education Members, Superintendents, Business Officials and School District Administrators.



8:45 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:15 - 9:25 a.m.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Session Number 1

1A:   Effectively Handling Employee Accommodation Requests

Luisa Bostick and Jordan Einhorn

1B:   School Board Meetings and Social Media Communications - From the Constitutional to the Practical

Karl Kristoff and Lindsay Menasco

1C:   Student Discipline Reform: What It Means For Your District

Andrew Freedman and Asia Evans

10:30 - 10:40 a.m. Break

10:40 - 11:40 a.m. Session Number 2

2A:   Collective Bargaining Trends and Strategies

Karl Kristoff and Elizabeth McPhail

2B:   Case Law Update:  The Most Significant Legal Changes

Andrew Drilling, Jordan Einhorn and Madeline Cook

2C:   What School Officials Need To Know About Section 504

Ryan Everhart and Andrew Freedman

11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. Lunch

12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Session Number 3

3A:    Conducting Effective Investigations and Mandatory Reporting

Luisa Bostick and Asia Evans

3B:    Generative Artificial Intelligence and the Schools

Karl Kristoff and Madeline Cook 

3C:    Approaches to Mental Health Issues

Lindsay Menasco and Thomas Grenke

1:45 - 1:55 p.m. Break

1:55 - 2:55 p.m. Session Number 4

4A:   EEOC and NSYDHR Matters:  Navigating the Changed Landscape

Elizabeth McPhail and Andrew Drilling

4B:   Capital Project Financing – Your Issues for 2024

John Alessi, Ben Clark, Marla Waiss, Paul Meosky, Brianne Szopinski and Collin Doane

4C:    Athletics and Extracurriculars: The Top Student Issues

Ryan Everhart and Thomas Grenke

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. COCKTAIL RECEPTION

This seminar is complimentary and exclusive to clients and friends of Hodgson Russ. For information regarding program cancellation policy or other concerns, please contact us at

4 hours of CTLE credit is available.

Registration to come.