October 17, 2012
BULLYING AND HARASSMENT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOCUS
OF NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Teachers and school administrators from across the state will gather
in Lake George this week to discuss how to protect public school
students from bullying and other forms of abuse.
“A Focus on Dignity for All Students: Where We Came From &
Where We Are Going” is the theme of the annual conference of the
Law, Youth & Citizenship Program of the New York State Bar
Association, which will be held Friday, October 19 at the Fort
William Henry Conference Center. The 150-seat event is filled to
capacity. Media coverage is welcome.
The day-long series of panel discussions will focus on a state law,
The Dignity for All Students Act, which took effect July 1. The law
seeks to provide students with an environment free of discrimination and
“No student should ever be afraid to go to school. A positive
school environment and supportive culture will not just lead to better
students, but better citizens,” said Richard Bader, an attorney,
educator and chair of the State Bar’s Law, Youth & Citizenship
Committee. “Fostering tolerance is critical to good citizenship
and a functional democracy. We are thrilled to be able to bring so many
people together to explore how to make our schools safer and students
more accepting of others.”
The keynote speaker on Friday will be Jay Worona, general counsel of
the New York State School Boards Association.
Other discussions will include: “Cyberbullying and the
News,” “Hate Crime 101: The Continuum of Prejudicial
Behavior,” “Integrating Dignity Act Principles into the
Overall School Climate” and “How Youth Courts Promote
Tolerance.” For more information about the conference, visit www.lycny.org.
The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest
voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in