Technology Legal Risks, Best Practices and Policies to Avoid Liability
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When and how can a school regulate social media use by staff, students and parents? What is the extent of a school's responsibility to address cyberbullying - and how far can they go without overstepping their bounds during investigations and disciplinary actions? This guide will provide answers to these questions and myriad other legal issues surrounding technology in and outside of the classroom. Learn what actions schools can't and must take in order to mitigate liability - order today!
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VICTORIA FERRISE is a partner at Brennan Manna & Diamond, LLC, and a registered lobbyist. She brings a unique perspective, having rejoined the firm after her tenure as deputy director of outside counsel at Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office. While at the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Ms. Ferrise was a member of the Special Litigation Group, Election Law Task Force, and oversaw high-profile projects and cases for Attorney General Mike DeWine. Most notably, she oversaw and provided recommendations to the attorney general regarding the office's high-stakes securities litigation that ultimately settled for $2.425 billion (which was the 4th largest settlement ever paid by a single corporate defendant in a securities fraud case). She was also responsible for oversight and administration of the state's annual outside counsel budgets, totaling approximately $45 million. Ms. Ferrise has worked with nearly all of Ohio's state agencies, universities, colleges, pension funds and the Ohio legislature. She has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as a 2016 Rising Star. Ms. Ferrise received her B.B.A. degree from Ohio University and her J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law. (Canton location)
LEIGHANN FINK is an attorney with Roetzel & Andress, L.P.A. She focuses her practice on business and public law litigation, appellate law, and school law. She also has extensive experience in the areas of creditors' rights law and domestic relations. Ms. Fink is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Akron Bar Association, Portage County Bar Association, Lawyer to Lawyer Mentor, Supreme Court of Ohio (2014-present), and Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys (OCSBA), Executive Committee. She received her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Franklin and Marshall College; her M.A. degree, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University; and earned her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Capital University Law School. (Canton location)
PATRICK M. HANLEY JR. is an attorney with Roetzel & Andress, L.P.A. Mr. Hanley represents his clients on a wide range of litigation matters. His responsibilities include representing clients in land contract and mineral rights disputes, as well as defending against product liability and toxic tort claims, environmental and financial regulatory claims, and advising clients in data security matters. Mr. Hanley also represents clients in trust and estate litigation, and defends real estate agents in professional liability actions. His practice also expands beyond litigation into advising clients on data security and privacy compliance matters. In connection with this work, Mr. Hanley has assisted clients in implementing systems and policies that are both compliant and defensible based on institutional risks and needs. He has also represented clients in connection with contract disputes involving construction projects. Mr. Hanley has successfully represented prison inmates in federal court in litigation concerning employment rights and necessary accommodation under the ADA. He is a member of the Ohio State, New York State and American bar associations. Mr. Hanley received his B.A. degree from Gettysburg College; his M.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University; and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Akron School of Law. (Canton location)
APRIL HART is a senior attorney with April N. Hart Co., LPA, where she practices education law, contract law and nonprofit law. Ms. Hart's largest practice area is education law. She began work in employment relations, where she defended teachers in labor disputes with various boards of education. Watching the growing area of school choice, Ms. Hart worked with Michigan's Detroit Public School District to establish some of its first charter schools. At present, she represents numerous charter schools, including performing administrative law functions such as reviewing and interpreting state and federal laws. Ms. Hart received her J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. (Westlake location)
KATHLEEN K. McKINLEY is managing partner with Baasten McKinley & Co LPA. Ms. McKinley focuses her practice in education law and special education IDEA issues. She speaks at bar programs, American Arbitration Association conferences, Public Employee Associations' academies and trainings, and the Capital Conference. Ms. McKinley has authored published articles regarding teacher evaluation, Ohio Department of Education Hearings, teacher termination, and the newest statutory changes to standards-based teacher evaluation. She is a member of the Stark County, Ohio State (Labor & Employment Law Section) and American bar associations. Ms. McKinley received her B.S. degree from Kent State University and earned her J.D. degree from University of Akron School of law. She is also a licensed speech pathologist from the Ohio State Board of Speech Pathology & Audiology. (Canton location)
RHONDA J. PORTER is an attorney with Day Ketterer. Ms. Porter serves as the chair of Day Ketterer’s Education Law Practice Group and focuses her practice on representing school boards throughout Ohio with an emphasis on special education and related civil rights litigation. Prior to joining Day Ketterer, Ms. Porter served as general counsel for the Akron Public School District for over ten years and as general counsel to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for three years. Her special education law practice involves advising school boards on all aspects of special education law, including the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She represents districts in due process hearings and files and responds to special education complaints. Ms. Porter is a certified ATIXA Title IX Administrator and Investigator and has her Ohio State Auditor Public Records Certification. She is a nationally recognized speaker in the areas of student records; school safety; Title IX; First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment Issues related to school systems; and Section 504. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Northern District of Ohio, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, and is also a member of the Ohio State and Akron bar associations. Ms. Porter regularly gives presentations and in-service trainings to school district personnel locally and throughout Ohio. She earned her J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her Master's degree from Duquesne University. (Westlake location)
CHRISTINE A. REARDON is a partner with Kalniz Iorio & Reardon Co LPA, practicing labor law on behalf of public and private sector labor unions in Ohio and Michigan, including teachers; police officers; firefighters; utility, retail and production workers; journalists; and newspaper employees. Her practice includes collective bargaining, arbitration, litigation of contract disputes and other state and federal litigation. Ms. Reardon has practiced before the Ohio Supreme Court and state and federal trial and appellate courts in Ohio and Michigan. She has also practiced before the National Labor Relations Board, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board and the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. Ms. Reardon has been a seminar instructor for the Labor Education Program, School of Labor and Industrial Relations, Michigan State University; for the Labor Relations Information System, Portland, Oregon; and for the Ohio Public Employee Labor Attorneys Association (OPELA). She is a member of the Toledo and Ohio State bar associations. Ms. Reardon earned her J.D. degree from University of Toledo College of Law. (Canton location)
RACHEL REIGHT is a partner with Baasten McKinley & Co LPA. Ms. Reight practices in the areas of labor and employment law, administrative law (State Employment Relations Board, Ohio Department of Education, & Children Services Investigations), workers' compensation, and defense of teachers and associations. She was selected to the 2017 and 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars. Ms. Reight is a frequent speaker at workshops for public educators, school employees, and county developmental disabilities board employees in Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Summit counties. She is a member of Ohio State (previously in the Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section) and Stark County (Disputed Fee committee) bar associations. Ms. Reight received her B.A. degree from The Ohio State University and earned her J.D. degree from University of Toledo College of Law. (Canton location)
ANDREA STONE is as attorney with Ulmer & Berne LLP. She focuses her practice on school law, representing public boards of education in all areas related to school law, including but not limited to, employee disciplinary concerns and contract issues, social media issues, student-related disciplinary matters, collective bargaining agreements, residency and custody disputes, the drafting and implementation of board of education policies, public records requests and associated matters, and discrimination concerns. Ms. Stone has extensive experience providing training for administrators and staff in these issues, with a particular focus in special education-related matters and student discipline issues. In special education, she provides representation in the provision of educational programming and services to students with disabilities, defending placement and programming decisions, and counseling clients relative to disciplinary and other issues impacting students with disabilities. Ms. Stone's representation of boards of education has included attendance at MFE and IEP meetings, assisting districts with child find and evaluation issues, providing counsel regarding special education programming, and reviewing IEPs for legal compliance. She also represents school districts in matters before the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and the Ohio Department of Education, and assists clients in all such related litigation. Ms. Stone is a member of Ohio State, Norman S. Minor, and Cleveland Metropolitan bar associations; the National School Boards Association; and Ohio School Boards Association. She received her B.A. degree from Miami University and earned her J.D. degree from University of Cincinnati School of Law. (Canton and Westlake locations)
SUSAN C. STONE is a partner with Kohrman|Jackson|Krantz and is co-chair of KJK's student & athlete defense practice group. Ms. Stone handles matters ranging from special education issues, student disciplinary matters and Title IX investigations. She has gained a national reputation for representing students and professors in campus Title IX cases. Ms. Stone is routinely hired as a student advisor for the campus investigation and hearing phase of proceedings, and is also retained to handle subsequent university-level appeals. Her talent as a student advisor has led to her representing Greek organizations and athletes. Ms. Stone is a nationally published author and blogger on topics related to education law. She has lectured on subjects that include Title IX, Twice Exceptional Students, FERPA and the handling of educational records, and behavioral issues related to students with disabilities. Ms. Stone earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Miami University; and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She also received a certificate of completion in restorative justice training from Skidmore College. (Westlake location)
KRISTINA W. SUPLER is a partner with Kohrman|Jackson|Krantz and is co-chair of KJK's student & athlete defense practice group. She handles a variety of matters involving educational services and student discipline. Ms. Supler has achieved great success representing students and professors in campus Title IX proceedings. Her extensive experience with sexual assault cases proves invaluable for clients subject to Title IX proceedings. She has represented Greek organizations involved in student disciplinary matters, and assisted with drafting policies and implementing member training. Ms. Supler works as an advocate for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are facing prosecution. She speaks nationally on such topics as Title IX, FERPA, special education law and more. Ms. Supler serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and is the chair of the Title IX Committee and co-chair of the Sixth Circuit Amicus Committee. She earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University; and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Ms. Supler also received a certificate of completion in restorative justice training from Skidmore College. (Westlake location)
PETER ZAWADSKI is an attorney with Walter|Haverfield LLP. He assists clients in resolving legal issues involving labor and employment matters, real estate valuation, contract disputes, employee and student due process challenges, policy drafting, and public records compliance. These issues and others related to school administration frequently arise in Mr. Zawadski's representation of boards of education. His practice is diverse and includes such issues as discrimination, free speech, freedom of religion, sovereign immunity, discipline, defamation, and social media concerns. Mr. Zawadski defends employers in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, county boards of revision, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Office for Civil Rights, the State Employment Relations Board, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Before pursuing a career in law, Mr. Zawadski served as a social worker. He has been selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2017-2018, area of practice: Schools & Education. Mr. Zawadski is a member of Ohio School Boards Association's Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, and the Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan bar associations. He received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Carleton College; and earned his J.D. degree, with honors, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. (Westlake location)