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Special Session [clear filter]
Tuesday, October 25

11:00am EDT

The New Jersey State Board of Education
The New Jersey State Board of Education is appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate. The State Board adopts administrative code, which sets the rules needed to implement state education law. In addition, the group advises on
policies proposed by the education commissioner. This session will feature a moderated discussion with members of the State Board.

Tuesday October 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Rooms 305-306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

2:00pm EDT

A Conversation with Acting Commissioner Kimberley Harrington
New Jersey Acting Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington will provide an assessment of New Jersey’s progress toward implementing education initiatives, give a look into the future, and discuss how state and local school leaders can most effectively work together to meet the goal of preparing students for college and careers.

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Kimberley Harrington

Acting Commissioner, NJDOE
Kimberley Harrington is a former classroom teacher and school administrator who has more than 20 years of experience implementing academic programs and working directly with students and parents. Kimberley worked as a classroom teacher in New Jersey for 16 years and taught all grades... Read More →

Tuesday October 25, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Investors Bank Theater
Wednesday, October 26

1:00pm EDT

Legislative Update
Once again, the Legislative Update forum will feature a combination of NJSBA’s traditional forum with the session formerly held by the Garden State Coalition of Schools. It is hoped that this combined session will allow for the participation of a larger number of legislators and possibly other state officials, and provide a larger block of time for workshop participants who may also want to attend other sessions that overlap this popular annual forum. Owing to the larger-than-anticipated turnout we’ve experienced in recent years, this year’s update will also feature a larger room to comfortably accommodate more workshop participants. Please come with your thoughtful questions for what we anticipate will be a great, collegial experience with our elected officials.

Members of the New Jersey State Legislature have been invited to participate. 


John Burns

Counsel, NJSBA

Christopher Jones

Legislative Advocate, NJSBA

Jonathan Pushman

Legislative Advocate, NJSBA

Sharon Seyler

Legislative Advocate, NJSBA

Michael Vrancik

Director Government Relations, NJSBA

Wednesday October 26, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Rooms 305-306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:05pm EDT

Mock Board Meeting
This year, the Mock Board will confront several controversial issues likely to come before your board in the coming school year. You will certainly want to attend this session in order to be better prepared. While the session will follow an agenda like a regular board meeting, the public will have an opportunity to present general school law and labor relations questions to a panel of distinguished school board attorneys. Attendees are invited to bring their school law questions to the professionals!


Attendees will also observe as the Mock Board handles a sensitive issue in executive session to discuss student discipline education, difficult members of the public, social media, transgender students, negotiations, and race.  “Board members” will deliberate appropriate responses to these rising issues. Learning labs following the Mock Board will present an in-depth legal analysis of each of these potentially contentious issues.


The Mock Board and the learning labs will be as informative as they are entertaining.

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Schenck Price Smith & King LLP

Bronze Sponsor, Schenck Price Smith & King LLP
Full-service law firm with over seventy attorneys. For the past one hundred years the firm has represented public entities commercial business interests individuals and charitable organizations with excellence and integrity. The firm is widely recognized as one of the premier education... Read More →

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Adams Gutierrez and Lattiboudere LLC

Gold Sponsor, Adams, Gutierrez and Lattiboudere, LLC.
Experienced school board attorneys dedicated to the advancement of public education in New Jersey.
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Comegno Law Group PC

Bronze Sponsor, Comegno Law Group PC
Providing proactive, trusted Education Law counsel to public school districts and Educational Services Commissions addressing a variety of legal issues affecting Boards, administrators, staff and faculty, and students.
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Cooper Levenson

Gold Sponsor, Cooper Levenson
Legal services for New Jersey Schools: Education/Special Education Law/Litigation, Construction Law, Employment Law, Renewable Energy Law, Special Counsel. The right lawyers do make a difference.
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Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader

Gold Sponsor, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt and Fader
Full service law firm with expertise in Education and School Law.
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Parker McCay P.A.

Bronze Sponsor, Parker McCay P.A.
Provides comprehensive legal services to school districts throughout New Jersey. Our expertise includes general counsel labor/personnel special education public finance and construction.
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Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland and Perretti LLP

Bronze Sponsor, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland and Perretti LLP
Highly skilled attorneys with significant experience representing boards of education, and the resources of one of the state’s oldest, largest, and most respected law firms.

Wednesday October 26, 2016 1:05pm - 2:05pm EDT
Investors Bank Theater
Thursday, October 27

8:30am EDT

Forty-Sixth Annual School Law Forum - Separate registration for this program is required.
Designed Particularly for School Board Attorneys, Administrators and Board Members

Sponsored by:

New Jersey School Boards Association
New Jersey Association of School Attorneys
Phoenix Advisors, LLC

8:30 a.m.         Registration - (Coffee and Danish)

9:00 a.m.         Introductions
         Hope R. Blackburn, Esq., General Counsel, Jersey City Public Schools
                        Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, Exeuctive Director, NJSBA
                        Michael F. Kaelber, Esq., Director, Legal and Labor Relations, NJSBA

9:15 a.m.         School Law Update
  Carl Tanksley, Esq., Counsel, NJSBA     
10:10 a.m.       TEACHNJ Four Years Later: What have we Learned?
  Brenda C. Liss, Esq., Ricker, Danzing, Schere, Hyland & Perretti LLP
Yoland Mendez, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
Bernard Mercado, Esq., Office of General Counsel, Newark Public Schools

 11:00 a.m.       Coffee Break

 11:10 a.m.       Breakout Sessions #1 (Choose 1 of 5)

                        A.  Recent Developments in Special Education – A Case Law Update and Discussion Room 403

Paul C. Kalac, Esq., Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein & Celso
Marc G. Mucciolo, Esq., Methfessel & Werbel

                        B.  Tenure – Implementation Issues - Room 419

Bryant Lawrence Horsley, Jr., Esq., General Counsel, Camden City School District
Joseph L. Roselle, Esq., Schenck, Price, Smith & King

                        C.  To Pay Not to Pay (Don't) - Salary Guides, Increments and Negotiations  Room 405-406
Patrick Duncan, Manager, Labor Relations, NJSBA

                        D.  Residency Room 404

Sanford D. Brown, Esq., Law Office of Sanford D. Brown
William S. Donio, Esq., Cooper Levenson

                        E.  Employee Disability Accomodations/Fitness for Duty Exams Room 407

Lisa M. Fittipaldi Esq., DiFrancesco,Batuman, Coley, Yospin, Kunzman
Lester E Taylor III, Esq., Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader

 12:05 p.m.       Breakout Sessions #2 (Choose 1 of 5)

                        A.  Recent Developments in Special Education – A Case Law Update and Discussion Room 403
                        B.  Tenure – Implementation Issues - Room 419
C.  To Pay Not to Pay (Don't) - Salary Guides, Increments and Negotiations   Room 405-406
                        D.  Residency Room 404
.  Employee Disability Accomodations/Fitness for Duty Exams Room 407

   1:00 p.m.       Lunch

   1:20 p.m.       Distinguished Service Award

   1:50 p.m.        Transgender Issues Inmpacting Students, Staff and Administrators Cherie L Adams Esq., Adams Gutierrez & Lattiboudere
Robyn B. Gigl, Esq., Gluck Walrath
    2:40 p.m.      The Legal Ethics of Internal Investigations
David B. Rubin, Esq.

    3:40 p.m.     Adjournment

 * PLEASE NOTE:  Separate registration for this program is required.

* 4 Board Member Academy Credits


Hope Blackburn

General Counsel, Jersey City Public Schools

Patrick Duncan

Manager Labor Relations, NJSBA
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Paul C Kalac Esq

Partner, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso LLC

Brenda C Liss Esq

Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

Bernard Mercado Esq

Associate Deputy General Counsel, Newark Public Schools

Joseph Roselle Esq

Attorney, Schenck Price Smith & King LLP

Lester Taylor Esq

Partner, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader

William Donio Esq.

Partner, Cooper Levenson

Michael Kaelber

Director Legal and Labor Relations, NJSBA

Carl Tanksley

Counsel, NJSBA

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Phoenix Advisors LLC

Diamond Sponsor, Phoenix Advisors LLC
Debt and lease financing refinancing and fiscal management solutions.

Thursday October 27, 2016 8:30am - 3:30pm EDT
Room 403

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