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This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. This program may qualify for up to 12.0 hours of distance learning credit, including 12.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 0.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse distance learning CLE credit. No more than 6.0 hours of distance learning CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.
JOANNE L. BUTLER is a partner in the law firm of Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP. Ms. Butler's law practice is primarily devoted to the areas of education and public employment law. She represents numerous boards of education as general or special counsel. In addition to providing her school district clients with counsel in the many components of school law, including student, staff, and board operations issues, Ms. Butler represents her clients in litigation matters, including student residency, discipline, and special education hearings; staff tenure proceedings; employment discrimination matters; grievance arbitrations; unfair practice proceedings; and bid/contracting disputes. She regularly appears before the Department of Education, the Office of Administrative Law, the Public Employees Relations Commission, the Division on Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the various state and federal courts. Ms. Butler is a trustee of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys and a member of the National Council of School Attorneys. She also is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association's School Law Committee and its Labor and Employment Law Section. Ms. Butler frequently lectures and provides in-service training on various education and employment issues. Ms. Butler has been recognized several times by New Jersey Monthly magazine as one of New Jersey's Super Lawyers in schools and education. After attending Penn State University for two years, she graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, summa cum laude. Ms. Butler attended the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America. She served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
IRA M. FINGLES is a partner in the law firm of Hinkle, Fingles & Prior, Attorneys at Law. He has devoted his legal career to the representation of individuals with disabilities and their families. Mr. Fingles has provided legal representation to individuals with disabilities in a variety of areas, including educational rights for children with disabilities, benefits and services for adults with disabilities, guardianship, and estate planning. He has argued precedent-setting cases in federal and state court and before administrative agencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Fingles has written extensively on topics related to disability law and has presented to disability groups across the nation. He is immediate past president of the Autism Society of America, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and serves on the Board of Directors and as an advisor to disability advocacy groups in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He earned his J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law, and is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State bar associations.
ERIC L. HARRISON is an attorney at Methfessel & Werbel. Mr. Harrison serves as one of the firm’s two practice managers, and manages the firm's administrative law department and specializes in the defense of civil rights, employment, special education, insurance coverage, and general liability litigation. He is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Harrison is a graduate of the Monmouth County Inn of Court and a member of the New Jersey Defense Association. He is admitted to both the New Jersey and New York bars. Mr. Harrison earned his B.A. degree from Princeton University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.
GEORGE M. HOLLAND is the sole practitioner with The Law Office of George M. Holland, LLC, where he primarily handles special education litigation, advocating for the rights of disabled children against their local school districts. Specifically, he assists families obtain new or different educational services, as well as new or different educational placements. In addition, Mr. Holland also handles cases against public agencies, such as the Division of Developmental Disabilities ("DDD"), as well as guardianship applications, and he provides estate planning advice in terms of preparing special needs trusts. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit. Mr. Holland earned his B.S. degree from Rutgers University and earned his J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.
JARED S. SCHURE is a member of Methfessel & Werbel’s civil rights defense group. His practice is concentrated in the areas of employment law, education law, discrimination, and civil rights. Mr. Schure earned his B.A. degree (summa cum laude) from New York Institute of Technology, his M.S. degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and his J.D. degree from Seton Hall Law School. Mr Schure is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
PHILIP E. STERN supports the school law and employment and labor practice groups for DiFrancesco Bateman Kunzman Davis Lehrer & Flaum, PC. Mr. Stern has more than three decades of experience in all facets of education law, representing countless public and private school districts, colleges and universities in collective bargaining, special education, employment litigation, and student and staff disciplinary issues. His legal work on behalf of educational institutions places a high priority upon professional development and training, seeking to prevent legal problems before they become costly and time-consuming litigation matters. He has negotiated countless collective bargaining agreements on behalf of educational institutions, utilizing techniques derived from both positional and interest-based bargaining. In the educational setting, Mr. Stern's negotiating philosophy is shaped by the client’s ultimate goal to facilitate excellent teaching and learning. Towards that end, tenets of fairness, respect, and discipline have earned him a reputation of integrity by participants on both sides of the bargaining table. As in-house counsel for the South Orange and Maplewood School District from 2013 to 2016, Mr. Stern worked extensively with the district in furtherance of meaningful solutions to litigation challenges. He has litigated in all New Jersey judicial and administrative forums, from the New Jersey Supreme Court to the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission to the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law. While he appreciates the need to avoid litigation whenever possible, he also recognizes that, at times, a client’s interests require the time and commitment of a trial. As such, he has litigated full jury trials and administrative hearings. Mr. Stern earned his B.A. degree from Wesleyan University in 1977, his M.A. degree in educational administration from Montclair State College in 1985, and his J.D. degree from New York Law School in 1989, where he served as the notes and comments editor for the New York Law School Law Review.