Ensure You're in Compliance With Anti-Bullying Laws and Regulations
Over the past year, schools everywhere underwent dramatic transformations, shifting from an in-person classroom to a virtual one or a hybrid of the two. Despite all these changes, though, bullying remains a constant legal issue. In this program, our experienced faculty share guidelines for everything from investigating and disciplining students for online harassment to addressing bullying complaints involving special education students. Mitigate legal risks - register today!
Stay informed of relevant case law and recent trends.
Review laws governing students' rights and the legal obligations of schools.
Identify key steps to take when conducting a manifestation determination review (MDR).
Discover best practices for responding to harassment and discrimination lawsuits.
Reviewing Key Laws, Recent Trends and Case Law
School Liability, Authority and Students' Rights
General Rules on Off-Campus Harassment and Cyberbullying
When Special Education Students Are the Aggressors or Victims: What You Need To Know
Handling Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Lawsuits
LETICIA D. MCGOWAN is an attorney with Dallas Independent School District. Her current practice areas include public information requests, contracts, Americans with Disabilities Act, EEOC, OCR, sexual harassment, Title IX issues, investigations, confidentiality issues, custody issues; and policy review. In addition, Ms. McGowan has taught a Texas School Law class for the University of North Texas's Department of Education's Masters degree program. She also is a frequent speaker on education law issues including, but are not limited to, sexual harassment prevention, handling custody disputes, conducting high profile investigations, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Texas Public Information Act, contracts, and tort liability. Ms. McGowan attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas for her undergraduate education, where she graduated cum laude. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law. While in law school, Ms. McGowan worked as a law clerk at the General Services Commission (since renamed the Texas Building and Procurement Commission) in Austin, Texas. Upon successfully passing the bar exam, she was hired as legal counsel at the Commission. While at the Commission, Ms. McGowan's client divisions included human resources, open records, procurement, leasing, facilities and space management and customer service. One of the enduring legacies of her tenure at the Commission is the official Texas Public Information Act sign, which she co-authored, outlining the rights and responsibilities of governmental entities and requestors. Ms. McGowan currently serves as a board member for the Texas Council of School Attorneys, board member for the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and member of the in-house counsel committee for the National Council of School Attorneys. She also previously served as the editor of the School Law Section's Newsletter. The October 2011 edition of the Texas Bar Journal, which focuses on school law, includes an article written by Ms. McGowan, entitled “The Education of Undocumented Children.”
FREDERICK M. STANCZAK is an attorney with offices located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Stanczak represents children and their families in cases arising under the IDEA, 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other laws pertaining to the provision of public education. He also provides legal representation in guardianship and estate planning for persons with disabilities and their families. Prior to starting a private practice, Mr. Stanczak was employed by the Education Law Center in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for litigation, legislative advocacy and working with community groups on issues affecting the education of children in Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. degree from St. Norbert College and his J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.
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