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LAURA TUBBS BOOTH is an attorney with Booth Law Group LLC. Ms. Booth has represented public sector clients in administrative, state and federal court proceedings for more than 25 years. She has had the opportunity to represent clients in several Federal District Court and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals cases that have shaped education law in Minnesota. Ms. Booth focuses much of her work on preventive law by helping her clients understand the practical implications of the law. She has litigated cases in all arenas including state court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Booth is a cum laude graduate of Hamline University School of Law.
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.
RICHARD F. VERSTEGEN, a partner with Boardman & Clark LLP, earned his B.A. degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. His practice focuses in all areas of school law, including constitutional law, civil rights, contract law, labor and employment law, public records, open meetings, governance, student issues, privacy and technology issues, student safety, and many other issues. Mr. Verstegen advises school administrators and represents school boards on these matters, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation and school board policies, and provides other legal services. He also has extensive experience on matters involving labor relations, employment law, contracts, handbooks, anti-discrimination law, workplace bullying and harassment, wage and hour laws, hiring, background checks, drug testing, family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, and workplace investigations. Mr. Verstegen also represents school districts at hearings before state and federal agencies and state courts, including wage claims, unemployment hearings, collection matters, and discrimination complaints. He is a frequent presenter on these topics and has published articles in the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Inc.’s Wisconsin School News, the Newsletter of the Wisconsin Public Employers Labor Relations Association, and National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorney’s Inquiry & Analysis. Mr. Verstegen is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Dane County Bar Association. He serves on the Board of Directors and is the president-elect for the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association. Mr. Verstegen is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.