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CATHLEEN M. DOOLEY is a partner with the law firm of Udall Shumway, where she practices in the education law section. She represents school districts and charter schools on a broad range of matters, including special education (such as 504 complaints, special education due process hearings, and IEP issues), personnel matters (such as EEOC complaints and employee disciplinary proceedings), contracts, open meeting law, and student discipline. Dr. Dooley has presented on personnel and special education issues at numerous conferences, including the Arizona CEC/CASE Principals Institute, the Arizona Charter School Association Legal Week program, and the Arizona School Board Association Annual Law Conference. She is admitted to practice before Arizona state courts and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Dr. Dooley is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the Pima County Bar Association. She is also the president of the Southern Arizona Legal Aid Board of Directors. Dr. Dooley earned her Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arizona.
ERIN D. GILSBACH is an of counsel attorney with the law firm of Steckel and Stopp in Pennsylvania and the executive director of EdLaw Interactive, an organization that provides school law training to educators and school leaders nationwide. Ms. Gilsbach is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels. She provides legal consulting services and a wide variety of school law training programs to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, school leader organizations, educator associations, parent groups, and other organizations. In addition to special education issues, she specializes in legally-defensible policy and procedural development for schools, trending legal issues regarding technology and education, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and a variety of other school law topics. Ms. Gilsbach currently serves as the president of the PSBA Solicitor's Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys. She earned her J.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.
RONALD S. STADLER is a shareholder with the law firm of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Stadler is an experienced educational attorney who uses his skills to advise and defend his clients before administrative tribunals, courts, juries, and arbitrators. He regularly uses his substantive knowledge of education law and employment law to assist school districts and other educational institutions in resolving disputes or defending them against administrative claims or claims brought in federal and state court. Mr. Stadler routinely represents school districts in matters arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act at mediation, due process hearings and subsequent review in federal courts. He also routinely defends school districts in federal courts on cases arising under the Constitution, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 1983, Section 1981, Title VII, Title IX, Title VI, and other state and federal laws. Mr. Stadler earned his J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Seventh and Eighth circuits, and all courts in Wisconsin.