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2022

2022

NMSBA Annual Convention

          Andrew M. Sanchez presented

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Embassy Suites Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

2021

2021

Courtney Stillman will present “To Stay Put or Not: The Complexities of Then Current Placements” at the LRP 2022 School Attorneys Conference, Sarasota, FL., February 2-4, 2022

A. Lynn Himes will be presenting on Open Meeting Act Update at the 37th Annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference held at ITT Chicago Kent College of Law on December 3, 2021 at 11:50 - 1:05 pm

Courtney Stillman will present Administrator Academy #3792 Meeting Virtually: A Year in Review and Tools for Future Success on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. This Administrator Academy is sponsored by IAASE, SELA and NSSEO

James Petrungaro and Adam Dauksas will present “Leave Me Alone? Combating Employee Abuse of Leave Benefits” at the 2021 IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference November 20, 2021

Courtney Stillman will present “Developing Gender Support Teams and Plans” at the Carousel of Panels at the IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference on November 20, 2021

HOSPITALITY SUITE, Friday, November 19, 2021, 5:00PM to 7:00PM, Mid America Club, 80th Floor in the Aon Center

Courtney Stillman will present “Eight Eligibility Enigmas” at the Fall Virtual Conference of the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE), October 22, 2021

Courtney Stillman will also be a member of the Legal Panel at the IAASE Fall Conference, October 22, 2021 from 8:45 to 11 am.

Annual School Law Seminar, 8:00AM to 1:00PM, Friday, October 15, 2021, McDonald’s Hamburger University, 2715 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook, IL

Andrew M. Sanchez Presented “Tribal-School District Relations: Intergovernmental Agreements”, “Conducting Termination & Discharge Hearings”, “Managing Superintendent Evaluations and Employment Contracts”, and “Governance of Public Schools” at the New Mexico School Boards Association’s Leadership Retreat on July 9 and 10 in Taos, NM

Andrew M. Sanchez Presented “HR 101” at the New Mexico School Personnel Association’s Annual Conference on July 6, 2021 in Albuquerque, NM

2020

2020

James Petrungaro and Adam Dauksas virtually presented “Leave Me Alone? Combating Employee Abuse of Leave Benefits 12/10/2020” to IASB members on December 10, 2020.

Adam Dauksas presented with a virtual Labor & Employment Panel at the 34th Annual ICSA Seminar on School Law on Thursday, November 19.

James Petrungaro, with a panel of ICSA attorneys, were available for “Ask Attorneys Anything – A COVID-19 Round Table”, inviting the school community to ask attorneys from across Illinois anything COVID-19 related via Zoom video  on May 1, 2020

A. Lynn Himes presented “Legal Hot Topics” at the ISABO Annual Conference in Peoria on April 29, 2020 at 1:30pm

Adam Dauksas presented an overview of cybersecurity legal issues at the Illinois Association of School Administrators’ cybersecurity workshop on April 22, 2020 at the District 230 Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, IL

John Fester and Adam Dauksas presented “Transforming the Paradigm of Educating Children” at the Annual Conference of the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity.  Adam spoke on March 25, 2020 to parents and community members regarding the fundamentals of student discipline.  John Fester spoke on March 26 and 27, 2020 to school administrators and employees regarding changes in the law relating to student use of medical cannabis and employee medical and recreational use of cannabis

Justino Petrarca presented a collective bargaining update to the Illinois Liquid Assets Fund at their Annual Meeting on March 10, 2020 in Naperville, IL 

Adam Dauksas spoke at the South Suburban School of Business Officials about trends in collective bargaining negotiations with Rob Grossi on March 6, 2020

Andy Sanchez presented “Title IX and Booster Clubs” at the NM School Boards Association’s Board Institute scheduled on January 25, 2020 in Santa Fe, NM

Andy Sanchez presented “HR 101 for your Administrators” and “Social Media: What are the limits of Employee Discipline?” on February 4, 2020 at the NM School Personnel Association’s Annual Personnel Conference in Albuquerque, NM

Adam Dauksas  presented at the Boone-Winnebago Office of Education to a group of Assistant Superintendents and HR professionals regarding employee media and recreational use of cannabis on February 11, 2020

2019

2019

 

Andrew M. Sanchez presented “Board Legal Authorities and Empowerment” and “Regulating Social Media” at the New Mexico School Boards Association’s Annual Convention in Albuquerque, NM on December 7, 2019

IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference - November 23, 2019

A. Lynn Himes and James A. Petrungaro presented “Ask an Attorney” 

A. Lynn Himes presented “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: 2019 Legal Review”

HOSPITALITY SUITE, Friday, November 22, 2019, Mid America Club, 80th Floor in the Aon Center

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A. Lynn Himes presented at the Kent Public Sector Labor Relations Conference - “Review of Arbitration Awards” on November 15, 2019 

James A. Petrungaro and Adam Dauksas spoke at the ICSA In-House Counsel Networking Meeting, “Investigating (and Preventing) Sexual Harassment: A Discussion of Best Practices and the Impact of P.A. 101-0221” on October 25, 2019

39th Annual School Law Seminar, 8:00AM, Saturday, September 28, 2019, McDonald’s Hamburger University, 2715 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook, IL

February 8, 2019, A. Lynn Himes addressed the Lake County Superintendents’ Association on “The School Year So Far: Top 10 Legal Issues for Superintendents”

2018

2018

 

A. Lynn Himes presented “Individual Rights and the Collective Bargaining Representation Process” at the Kent Law School Public Sector Labor Relations Conference on November 30, 2018

A. Lynn Himes and John E. Fester presented “And You Thought Alaska Had Pipeline Problems” at the IASB/IASA/IASBO 32nd Annual Conference on November 16th 

HOSPITALITY SUITE, Friday, November 16, 2018, Mid America Club, 80th Floor in the Aon Center

September 28, 2018, A. Lynn Himes presented a “Legal Update for School Year 2018-2019” at the North IASBO Meeting

A. Lynn Himes presented “Legal 911: When to Make the Call” at the IASBO NextGen SBO Summit on June 14, 2018 at the Marriott, Burr Ridge

38th Annual School Law Seminar, Saturday, May 5, 2018 at McDonald’s Hamburger University

A. Lynn Himes presented “Legal Updates:  What You Need to Know” at the IASBO Annual Conference on May 3, 2018 in Schaumburg, IL

A. Lynn Himes presented for the Lake County Bar Association, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 on the following topics:  LGBT and Gender Identity Issues and on Accommodating Employee Mental Health Issues 

A. Lynn Himes presented “Supervision of ESP” for IASBO at its Legal Standards for the Management of School Personnel Administrator Academy in Naperville, IL on March 16, 2018

John E. Fester presented “Last Chance Agreements” at the North American Association of Educational Negotiators 2018 Conference in Clearwater, FL on March 12, 2018

Justino D. Petrarca spoke on “Managing the Board of Education During Negotiations” at the North American Association of Educational Negotiators 2018 Conference in Clearwater, FL on March 13, 2018

Justino D. Petrarca spoke at the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators’ 11th Annual Conference on January 26, 2018 with an Update on Collective Bargaining

Past Events

2023

2023

  • Andrew Sanchez will be presenting at NMSBA 2023 Annual Convention to be held November 30 - December 2, 2023, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque. 

  • A. Lynn Himes is speaking on December 1, 2023 at the Kent Public Sector Labor Law Conference on the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present “What’s In a Name? Changing Your School Mascot” at the 2023 IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference on November 18, 2023 at the Chicago Hyatt-Regency.

  • 11/18/2023 at 3:00pm-4:00pm 2023 Joint Annual Conference, Chicago

Presenters: A. Lynn Himes, G. Robb Cooper
Hyatt West, Regency C, Ballroom Level
You Can't Make this Stuff Up: Legal Review
Hear from two experienced school lawyers as they discuss the legal highs and lows of the year and receive advice on how to respond in your district.

  • ​National School Attorneys Association Fall Conference

180 Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown

300 Korean Veterans Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37201

Telephone: (615) 259-7881

www.druryhotels.com

Saturday October 21, 2023 (All-day standard beverage break)

 

                 9:10 – 10:10 – General Session (1 Hour)  Labor and Employment in 2023-- Lynn Himes and                Richard Schwartz

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present “Boosting Potential: Eligibility and IEPs for Academically Competent and Gifted Students,” and “English Learners and Special Education” at the IAASE Fall Conference, October 19, 2023, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois.

  • ​WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2023

8:00am to 12:10 pm with lunch to follow

HIMES, PETRARCA & FESTER, CHTD.

42nd Annual School Law Seminar

  

DoubleTree by Hilton

Oak Brook, Illinois

 

OPEN TO ALL ADMINISTRATORS AND BOARD MEMBERS AT NO COST

 

Please note this is an IN-PERSON Seminar

  • ​​August 1, 2023, Justin Petrarca and John Fester are conducting a workshop for new Board members on legal issues for Board members for Freeport School District 145​

  • Andrew M. Sanchez will present “Conducting Efficient School Board Meetings Under the Rules of Order and Maintaining Civility and Order All within OMA” on July 15, 2023 at the NMSBA Leadership Retreat in Cloudcroft, NM.

  • On July 13, 2023 at 12:45pm, Jusitn Petrarca and A. Lynn Himes are on a panel speaking to the Midwest Suburban Superintendents Association (MSSA) mid-year conference at the Four Seasons Chicago

  • June 21, 2023, Justin Petrarca is conducting an administrator inservice on Teacher Evaluation and Remediation for West Chicago School District 33

  • Illinois ASBO 2023 Annual Conference

 

      Title:  You Can't Make This Stuff Up:  Legal Review

      Date & Time :  Wed 5/3 , 1:30pm-2:30pm

      Presenter:  G. Robb Cooper, A. Lynn Himes

      Location: Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL

  • 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.

  • A. Lynn Himes will be presenting on 4/14/23 @ 1:50-2:30 at annual state convention of the IL Directors of Student Activities.

      Topic:  Legal issues impacting student activities

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present an IASA Legal Workshop, “Tips for Behavior Intervention Plans,” 

      virtually on March 8, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present ”Private School Students, Dual Enrollment and Unilateral Placement”  on February 23, 2023 at the IAASE Winter Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois.  She will also be a presenter on the Attorney Panel at the Conference on February 24 2023.

  • Andrew M. Sanchez will be presenting during:

New Mexico School Boards Association

2023 Board Institute

Leading the Way for Student Sucess

February 2 - 4, 2023

Hilton Hotel & Santa Fe Convention Center

Sante Fe, NM

  • A. Lynn Himes will be presenting on 1/27/23, DoubleTree by Hilton in Lisle

      Topic - Employee Mental Health Issues and Accommodations

  • 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.

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