Law, Youth and Citizenship 43rd Annual Civics and Law-Related Education Conference
Student and Faculty Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues - What Can School Districts Do?
Sponsored by the Committee on Law, Youth and Citizenship and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Friday, October 4, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Live CLE Program
Breakfast and Lunch included
86 Congress Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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Attorneys: 6.0 MCLE Credits (5.0 Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics)
Educators: 5.0 CTLE Credits
NYSBA Members: $100 | Non-Members: $200
* Educators who are also Attorneys are not eligible for the Educators discounted rate. To receive CLE credit, all Attorneys must pay the appropriate NYSBA Member or Non-Member rate for attending this program.
Note: Online registration is not available for Educators. Educators must call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452 or submit the Registration Form with your payment.
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As the number of students and faculty members experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues continues to grow, school districts need to learn what constitutes the state of the law in this area as well as best practices to ensure that they are working towards the goal of protecting all members of the educational community. In addition, learn whether what students tell school counselors and staff is truly "private".
Whether you are an attorney, teacher, administrator or a person who is simply interested in this topic, come and explore the thorny issues which this topic presents for school districts as educators and as employers. As an added bonus, attorneys receive one continuing credit hour of ethics! For educators, join a discussion of seasoned educators, school psychologists and social workers to determine best practices for how staff can work together to support the whole child.
7:30-8:30 Registration and Breakfast Buffet
Welcome and Introduction
Craig R. Bucki, Esq. | Chair, Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee | Partner, Philips Lytle, LLP
1. Responding to Student Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues
Studies tell us that there continues to be a dramatic rise in the number of students who are experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues. Join a discussion of practitioners who will explore the legal framework for identifying, evaluating and supporting students requiring mental health services. Legal issues include: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Section 504; student discipline; legal agreements with mental health care providers; mental health surveys; and the provision of educational services for hospitalized students.
Moderator: Jay Worona, Esq., Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association
Speakers: Andrew J. Freedman, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP
Laura J. Granelli, Esq., Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP
(Attorney CLE credit: 1.5 professional practice)
10:05-10:20 Refreshment Break
2. Student Privacy Rights - What is Truly "Private" About What is Told to School Counselors and Staff
Open lines of communication between students and staff are a hallmark of a positive and caring school climate. This can lead students to divulge their most private thoughts and feelings. But at what point should or must parents be notified of information students have shared? Learn about what constitutes the parameters of student privacy rights and the legal obligations school officials have in this area.
Speaker: Beth A. Bourassa, Esq., Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, LLP
(Attorney CLE credit: 1.5 professional practice)
11:35-12:50 Lunch Buffet
12:50-1:00 Travel time between meeting rooms for Concurrent Sessions 3 A/B
3. Concurrent Sessions A and B will be in separate meeting rooms
* Only Session 3B offers CLE credit for Attorneys
3A. For Educators (CLE credit - None)
Educators and Mental Health Practitioners - Best Practices for Joining Forces
Today, teachers serve roles well beyond those of educating the student body. Join a discussion of seasoned educators, school psychologists and social workers to determine best practices for how staff can work together to support the whole child.
Speakers: Amy Molloy, MSW, M.Ed., Project Director, Mental Health Association of NYS, Inc.
Flora Covey, NCSP, School Psychologist/CIO, South Glens Falls Central School
(Attorney CLE credit: None for this Session)
* 3B. For Attorneys (CLE credit - 1.0 ethics)
The School Lawyer's Ethical Obligation to Properly Navigate the Relationship between the School District, the Superintendent and the Board of Education
Learn how to navigate the relationship between the board, the superintendent and the school attorney, while maintaining the required level of professionalism and ethical standards. This program will address and provide guidance regarding many of the obstacles and ethical considerations facing school attorneys in connection with their representation of school districts and their governing boards of education.
Speaker: Michael K. Lambert, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
(Attorney CLE credit: 1.0 ethics)
2:00-2:15 Refreshment Break
4. Responding to Faculty Members Who Suffer From Mental and Substance Abuse Issues
School districts, as employers, sometimes find themselves in the position of facing staff members who suffer from mental health and substance abuse issue. Learn what constitutes legally defensible strategies to respond to such issues in the workplace.
Speakers: Donald E. Budmen, Esq., Partner, Ferrara Fiorenza P.C.
Richard K. Zuckerman, Esq., Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
(Attorney CLE credit: 1.5 (professional practice)
♦ Jay Worona, Esq., Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel | New York State School Boards Association, Latham, NY
♦ Craig R. Bucki, Esq., Chair, Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee of the New York State Bar Association | Partner, Philips Lytle, LLP, Buffalo, NY
Program Faculty (in alphabetical order)
♦ Beth A. Bourassa, Esq., Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, Albany, NY
♦ Donald E. Budmen, Esq., Partner, Ferrara Fiorenza P.C., Syracuse, NY
♦ Flora Covey, NCSP, School Psychologist/CIO, South Glens Falls Central School, South Glens Falls, NY
♦ Andrew J. Freedman, Esq., Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP, Buffalo, NY
♦ Laura J. Granelli, Esq., Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, Garden City, NY
♦ Michael K. Lambert, Esq., Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP, Poughkeepsie, NY
♦ Amy Molloy, MSW, M.Ed., Project Director, Mental Health Association of NYS, Inc., Albany, NY
♦ Jay Worona, Esq., Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel, NYSSBA, Latham, NY
♦ Richard K. Zuckerman, Esq., Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP, Melville, NY
Embassy Suites | 86 Congress Street | Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
To reserve your overnight accommodations at the Embassy Suites:
♦ Phone: 518-290-9090 and mention the Group Block Code to receive the group rate.
♦ Group Block Code: LYC
♦ Online: https://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/A/ALBESES-LYC-20191003/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
♦ Pricing: $117/night (plus taxes) (Note: Reservations at this reduced rate can be made 24 hours a day and will be accepted until September 16, 2019, or until the room block is full).
♦ Parking: Free
Ways to Register for the Program
♦ Phone: 1-800-582-2452 to contact NYSBA's Member Resource Center
♦ Mail: Download and mail in the Registration Form with your payment. Click here to download the Registration Form.
♦ Online: Click the Login to Register button at the bottom of this page (Note: Online registration is not available for Educators. Please call or submit the Registration Form with your payment).
Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys. For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.
Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey. If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.
Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.
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