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2014 Independent School Conference on Law and Policy

Organized by TABS and Campus Outreach Services

June 25 - June 27, 2014

Speakers: Barry C. Hawkins, Leander A. Dolphin, Julie C. Fay

June 25 - June 27, 2014

Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa
243 Tresser Blvd
Stamford, CT 06901

In today's world, the legal and regulatory landscape for independent schools grows increasingly complex—and increasingly hazardous. From the dramatic (headline-making news of multi-million dollar judgments, or long-delayed claims of misconduct) to the prosaic (the rise in wage-hour audits and the evolving compliance requirements in health insurance), independent school practitioners, administrators, and Board members face new challenges in effectively protecting students, faculty and staff, other constituencies, and the institution's own mission and viability.

Especially suited for teams of two or more, this conference is the indispensable annual gathering for independent school leaders and educators seeking the latest legal trends, data, and case studies. This solutions-driven, interactive workshop will give you the tools necessary to craft policy, test approaches, and learn from the experience of others. 

Barry C. Hawkins, Julie C. Fay and Leander A. Dolphin will present at this year's Independent School Conference on Law and Policy.  

Shipman & Goodwin Speaker Agenda:

Wednesday, June 25th - Leander Dolphin
Top Tips: ADA Issues for Independent Schools - Admission, Attendance, and Accommodations

The presenter will provide top tips for independent schools for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Top tips will address schools’ obligations to provide accommodations to students, from the application stage through graduation. Requests for accommodations may include auxiliary aids or service animals - how should an independent school respond to such requests?

Thursday, June 26th - Barry Hawkins
Living with the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (“UPMIFA”)
Since its creation in 2006, UPMIFA has been adopted as the controlling state law governing all institutional funds, including all endowment funds, in 51 jurisdictions. In every jurisdiction except Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania, an institution must look to UPMIFA for legal guidance in managing, investing or spending all funds. This Program will attempt to provide a brief overview of how the world of gift regulation for non-profits has been fundamentally changed by the almost universal enactment of UPMIFA.

Friday, June 27th - Featured speaker Julie Fay
Bullying and Social Media: Student Discipline in the Cyber Age
Do your students Yik Yak? Has your school had experience constructing a geo-fence? Like it or not, schools are being faced with the dual responsibility of having to ensure that students are not only provided with up to date technological resources, but are also being protected from inappropriate use of such technology. This presentation will explore the current landscape of bullying legislation and its application to the independent school community, including an overview of social media applications, and the very real dangers and challenges some of these applications can pose to schools, educators and parents. This 30 minute session will include practical tips on preventing and responding to misuse of social media by students, as well as when and how a school can or should discipline students in connection with internet misconduct.


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