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Monday, April 28, 2014
3rd Annual ULM School Law Conference

Conference Program

Registration and continental breakfast: 7:30 – 7:50 a.m.

Welcome: 7:50 – 8:00 a.m.

Time: 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

1. Sexual Harassment and Title IX in K-12 Education: What are School Administrator’s Responsibilities Under the Law?

Speaker: Richard Fossey, J.D., Ph.D., Professor, Educational Foundations and Leadership, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

This session will address legal issues involving Title IX sexual assault reporting and teacher/student sexual harassment under Louisiana Tort Law and how school administrator’s responsibilities are tied to their response to the law.

Time: 9:25 – 10:40 a.m.

2. Diagnostic (DSM) Autism Redefined

Speaker: Sherlyn Powell, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education, University of Louisiana at Monroe

This session will examine the redefinition of Autism and how that definition will impact Special Education in K-12 classrooms in general.

Time: 10:50 – 12:05 p.m.

3. Social Media, Freedom of Speech, Technology Use and Misuse in K-12 Education

Speaker: Nathan Roberts, J.D., Ph.D., Attorney and Professor, Department Head Educational Foundations and Leadership, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Freedom of Speech is a basic right in American life. However, school employee speech and the proliferation of social media communications can blur the line between free speech and the use and misuse of technology such a Facebook, Twitter and other social media devices.

Time: 12:05 – 1:05 p.m.

4. Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Speaker: Honorable Judge Alvin D. Sharp, 4th Judicial District Court

Time: 1:10 – 2:25 p.m.

5. How FERPA and HIPPA impact the privacy and confidentiality of student records in K-12

Speaker: Dianne Irvine, J.D., Education Law and Former General Counsel for University of Louisiana System

FERPA, better known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or the Buckley Amendments are federal laws to protect student records and the release of records both inside and outside a school environment. HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, are federal laws which provide protections for individuals with health insurance and safe guards the confidentiality of healthcare information. This session will provide information on school districts responsibility to protect student records and health information.

Time: 2:35 – 3:50 p.m.

6. Act I – Teacher Tenure in Legal Limbo

Speaker: Doug Lawrence, J.D., Attorney, Monroe City Schools

Given the publicity surrounding the legal challenges of Act I, this session will explore the current issues with the law and where it might be headed as it moves through the courts. 


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