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Events & Presentations

Our attorneys are highly sought after to share their experience and legal insights as officers or presenters with many of the leading educational and legal associations, organizations, and related professional groups. We are regular contributors to the American Association of School Administrators, Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Association of School Boards, the National School Boards Association, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, the National Council of School Attorneys, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Midwest Superintendents Association,  the North American Association of Educational Negotiators, and the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education.

 

 

Upcoming Events/Speaking Engagements

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present a Pre-Conference workshop, “Special Educators’ Roadmap for Crafting Legally Defensible Goals, Objectives, and Accommodations,”  at LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 16, 2023. At the same Conference, she will present “Tips for BIPs: Behavior Planning Lessons From Case Law” on April 17, 2023.

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present “Building Better BIPs: Strategies from Case Law,” at the LRP Special Education School Attorneys Conference, January 25-27, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • NMSBA Annual Convention

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Embassy Suites Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico

ROOM: Sierra III (80 Seats)

Session I 8:30am - 9:30am

Managing Superintendent Evaluations and Employment Contracts

Andrew M. Sanchez, Himes, Petrarca & Fester, Chtd.

Administration, Boardmanship, Legal Issues

Session II 9:45 - 10:45am

Parent Attempts to Opt-Out of Curriculum and Teachers, including Review of CRT

and Parent-rights

Andrew M. Sanchez, Himes, Petrarca & Fester, Chtd.

Administration, Boardmanship, Legal Issues

Session III 11:am - 12 Noon

The Board Legally Making Personnel Decisions

Andrew M. Sanchez, Himes, Petrarca & Fester, Chtd.

Administration, Boardmanship, Legal Issues

Past Events/Speaking Engagements

  • Courtney N. Stillman and Darcee C. Williams will present “Keep School Safe: Comprehensive Student Threat Assessment,” at the Joint IASB/IASA/IASBO Conference in November, 2022.

  • Hospitality Suite, Friday, November 18, 2022, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. 

      Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E. North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present “Special Education Update” at the 36th Annual Illinois Council of School Attorneys Seminar on School Law on November 18, 2022 at the Chicago Hyatt-Regency.

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present “Dissecting Dyslexia Disputes: A Review of Trends in Reading Litigation,” and “Disciplining Students with Disabilities: State and Federal Guidance” at the IAASE Fall Conference, October 20, 2022, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois.

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present Administrator Academy 3661: Student Records, Confidentiality and Data Privacy: What Illinois Educators Need to Know, on October 4, 2022. Contact the DuPage Regional Office of Education to register.

  • Annual School Board Seminar, Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 8:00am to 12:30pm, Buffet lunch to follow. 

      DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago – Oak Brook, 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

  • Justin Petrarca will be speaking at the People Who Care After 20 Years: Looking Back at the Landmark Rockford School Desegregation Case on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, FBA Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse, Rockford, IL

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present “When to Go Home: Home/Hospital Services in the Aftermath of COVID-19” virtually at the Maryland State Department of Education Legal Aspects Seminar on May 11, 2022.

  • John Fester will present with Trevor Moore and Patrick Palbicke on the impact of recent legislation at the IASBO Conference in Schaumburg on May 4, 2022.

  • Courtney Stillman will present “When To Go Home: Home/Hospital Services in the Aftermath of COVID-19” at LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities,” Louisville, KY, April 24-27, 2022

  • Courtney Stillman will present a webinar, “Student Threat Assessment” on April 5, 2022, for the Illinois Association of School Administrators.