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DR. MATTHEW R. FLETCHER is a sole practitioner in Cayuga, New York, where he focuses on labor and employment, education law, and municipal law. He represents both public and private sector clients. Dr. Fletcher is retired from his position as in-house counsel and assistant superintendent for personnel relations for the Cayuga and Onondaga Counties Board of Cooperative Educational Services. He earned both his A.B. degree and M.A. degree from Colgate University; his Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School at Syracuse University; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the College of Law at Syracuse University. Dr. Fletcher is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar. He is admitted to practice in the courts of New York State, and in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.
JENNIFER E. MATHEWS is an attorney with the law firm of Ferrara Fiorenza P.C., where her practice centers on education litigation. Ms. Mathews’ experience includes representation of individuals, corporations and public entities in all aspects of civil litigation, including trials in state and federal court, appeals, hearings and alternative dispute resolution. She is admitted to practice in New York, Massachusetts, and the United States District Court for the Northern and Western Districts of New York. Ms. Mathews is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Onondaga County Bar Association, and is a past president of the Central New York Women’s Bar Association. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bates College and graduated, cum laude, from Albany Law School.
DR. ANNE M. McGINNIS, PH.D. is an attorney with Harris Beach PLLC and serves on the educational institutions industry team and practices in the labor and employment law practice group. She represents school districts at committee on special education and 504 meetings, manifestation determination hearings, and impartial hearings. Dr. McGinnis also counsels school districts in matters related to Freedom of Information Law compliance, student records and privacy, and student residency. She is a licensed psychologist in New York and a certified school psychologist in New York and Connecticut. Dr. McGinnis is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. She earned both her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, and her B.Mus. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Hartford; her J.D. degree, dean's list, from St. John’s University School of Law; and both her Ph.D. degree and her M.Ed. degree from The Pennsylvania State University.
KATE I. REID is an attorney with the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, where she concentrates her practice in school law. In 2017, she served as General Counsel to Ithaca City School District. As a member of the Superintendent's Executive Cabinet, she counseled the district in all areas of its day-to-day operations and represented the district in litigated matters. Now in her role as outside counsel, Ms. Reid continues to provide timely, day-to-day counseling to Bond’s school district clients and acts as an advocate for districts in adversarial proceedings before administrative agencies, and state and federal courts. She has experience in the various areas of law that impact school operations and that create legal exposure for school districts, including: school board governance; school district finance; Taylor Law and collective bargaining; employee discipline; health care; school health services; special education; Open Meetings Law; Freedom of Information Law; student privacy; student residency and homelessness; school district contracts; use of school facilities and real property; and Constitutional issues. Ms. Reid earned her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Miami University and her J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law.