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KATE I. REID ESQ. serves as general counsel for Ithaca City School District. As a member of the ICSD's Executive Cabinet, she advises the ICSD on a broad array of education law matters and represents the ICSD in civil litigation and administrative proceedings. Previously, Ms. Reid was associated with Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, where a significant part of her practice involved representing school districts in litigation involving the New York Education Law, Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, including impartial hearings and appeals to the State Review Officer (SRO), appeals to the Commissioner of Education, investigations by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and related federal litigation. She has also litigated cases on behalf of school districts involving student discipline and school funding reform. Ms. Reid earned her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Miami University and her J.D. degree, summa cum laude,Â from Syracuse University College of Law.
CONRAD R. WOLAN is an attorney with Sayles & Evans, where he provides advice and representation to a variety of public and private sector institutions in substantive areas such as employment and labor law, construction law, and education law. As part of the firm's litigation practice, he handles general civil litigation, including arbitration and administrative hearings, with particular experience in contract enforcement, employee discipline, defense of discrimination complaints, special education hearings, construction disputes, and liability defense. Mr. Wolan counsels public school districts, libraries, colleges, and other educational institutions in all aspects of operation, from labor negotiations to student matter to regulatory compliance to contracting issues. He is a member of the New York State and American bar associations, New York State Association of School Attorneys, Council of School Attorneys of the National School Boards Association, and Sixth Judicial District Part 137 Arbitration Panel. Mr. Wolan earned his B.A. degree, with honor, from Michigan State University and his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School.
SUSAN M. YOUNG is a staff attorney at Legal Service of Central New York, Inc. As a protection and advocacy attorney, she has represented both children and adults with disabilities in administrative proceedings and state and federal court. Representing students and parents in special education proceedings has been a large part of Ms. Young's practice. She also has represented persons with disabilities in the areas of employment discrimination, substitute decision-making, financial abuse, Medicaid home care services, eligibility for OMRDD service, Olmstead issues, and care and treatment in facilities. Ms. Young has conducted numerous trainings on the rights of persons with disabilities in the 17 county central New York region and has lectured state-wide on the topic of special education. She earned her B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her J.D. degree from the Washington College of Law, American University.December 7 - Rochester
COLLEEN WALSH HEINRICH is a partner with the Syracuse law firm of Ferrara Fiorenza P.C., where she practices in the areas of education and special education law, municipal law, and civil litigation. She is member American Association of Trial Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, and the Central New York Woman’s Bar Association. Ms. Heinrich earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Siena College; and her J.D. degree from Albany Law School.
MICHAEL P. LEONE serves as the assistant superintendent for human resources at Pittsford Central School District. In addition to being an educational administrator, he received his J.D. degree from SUNY at Buffalo and actively practiced law for eleven years in the greater Rochester area.
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 has represented school districts at committee on special education and 504 meetings, manifestation determination hearings, and impartial hearings. Dr. McGinnis also has counseled 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.
LORI J. PARKER has more than 20 years of experience, during which time she has litigated cases, published numerous articles, and served as a professor of law. Her practice focuses on mediation and dispute resolution, elder law, divorce and family law, and education matters. Ms. Parker handles special education issues, student disciplinary issues, bullying claims, teacher’s right and post-secondary education matters. She earned her B.A., J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Marquette University.