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This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.0 hours of recorded technology CLE credit.
ELIZABETH A. HELFRICH is an attorney at Mickes O'Toole, LLC, where her practice focuses on general counsel and training regarding child custody disputes and their impact on schools, teacher discipline matters, employment discrimination, technology safety in schools, and the proper utilization of technology in the workplace. Ms. Helfrich has successfully represented school district clients against a variety of claims in state and federal courts, as well as in administrative hearings, including special education due process hearings. In 2012, she was invited to speak at the National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys seminar in Santa Fe, New Mexico, regarding the Children’s Internet Protection Act and her work on the case, PFLAG v. the Camdenton School District. In 2013, Ms. Helfrich presented at ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. In 2015, she was invited to present at the National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys seminar, held in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Helfrich was honored by Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly as a recipient of the Up & Coming Award. She was recognized as a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star. She is a member of The Missouri Bar and the Kansas Bar Association. Ms. Helfrich earned her J.D degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, and her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri.
DANIEL RHOADS is an attorney at The Rhoads Firm, LLC, where his practice centers around education, immigration, and litigation. He works mostly in the metropolitan St. Louis area, although his bar admissions include the state of Missouri, state of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, U.S. Immigration Court, and U.S. District Courts: Eastern District of Missouri, Western District of Missouri, Southern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, and Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Rhoads regularly represents students on due process complaints, and in civil litigation, in both Missouri and Illinois. Recent presentations include "Legal Rights for Students with Dyslexia" and speaking as a panelist on free speech issues at Washington University's symposium on "The Roberts Court's First Amendment." He received his B.A degree from the University of Miami, his M.B.A. degree from Aurora University, and his J.D degree from Washington University in St Louis.