39th Annual School Client Conference

M-Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225

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

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

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1C:   Student Discipline Reform: What It Means For Your District - Andrew Freedman and Asia Evans

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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

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2B:   Case Law Update:  The Most Significant Legal Changes -Andrew Drilling, Jordan Einhorn and Madeline Cook

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2C:   What School Officials Need To Know About Section 504 - Ryan Everhart and Andrew Freedman

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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

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3B:    Generative Artificial Intelligence and the Schools - Karl Kristoff and Madeline Cook 

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3C:    Approaches to Mental Health Issues - Lindsay Menasco and Thomas Grenke

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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

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4B:   Capital Project Financing – Your Issues for 2024 - John Alessi, Ben Clark, Marla Waiss, and Paul Meosky

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4C:    Athletics and Extracurriculars: The Top Student Issues - Ryan Everhart and Thomas Grenke

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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 HRSocial@hodgsonruss.com.

4 hours of CTLE credit is available.

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