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SAVE THE DATE: October 22, 2021
Join Lyons & Rogers’ and educators throughout Massachusetts for our 10th annual Special Education Summit on October 22, 2021. Learn the most up-to-date information about the hottest issues in education. This year, the Summit will be a virtual event. For more information about the 2021 Special Education Summit please contact us at: https://www.lyonsandrogers.com/contact/.
Youth at Risk (YAR) Conference 2021
On May 26, 2021, Amy Rogers presented at the annual Youth at Risk (YAR) Conference hosted by Salem State University. YAR is the region’s only all-day conference for professionals who work with at-risk youth. Amy discussed: Advocating for Students’ Rights at School in 2021: A Legal Perspective, including best practices for how to effectively work with school districts when advocating for at-risk youth. For more information about YAR, please see [email protected].
MCLE 21st Annual School Law Conference
On April 7, 2021, Catherine Lyons Co-Chaired the 21st annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) School Law Conference. Experienced attorneys and educational professionals discussed significant updates from the past year, including a comprehensive review of new federal and state case law, legislation, and regulatory changes. Cat moderated panels on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Facilitating and Sustaining Culturally Responsive School Environments; and Prosecuting and Defending Compensatory Education Claims Arising from COVID-19 School Closures and Reopening Plans. To access the conference, see: https://www.mcle.org/.
Swing into Spring: Legal Strategies for Managing the New Normal
On March 31, 2021 Lyons & Rogers conducted a webinar discussing strategies for educators and administrators navigating the “new normal” in light of the return to in-person services following the COVID-19 school closures. Topics included child find, evaluations, IEP implementation, ESY, compensatory services, residency issues, responding to DESE and OCR complaints, and more. For registration information about Lyons & Rogers’ upcoming webinars, contact: https://www.lyonsandrogers.com/contact/.
MCLE 19th Annual Municipal Law Conference
On March 24, 2021, Catherine Lyons was a featured presenter at the 19th Annual Municipal Law Conference. Cat provided an update on education and school law in light of COVID-19 for participants. To access this conference, please see: https://www.mcle.org/.
MCLE What Lawyers Need to Know About Vaccination Mandates in the Workplace & Schools
On February 26, 2021, Catherine Lyons joined a panel of experienced education and employment law attorneys to discuss how employers and employees are addressing the challenges of fully reopening workplaces, including schools, in light of the availability of the Covid-19 vaccine. Cat discussed applicable statutes and regulations for schools, vaccine requirements and mandatory school attendance, vaccine exemptions, and anticipated litigation. For the recorded webinar and conference materials, please see: https://www.mcle.org/.
Special Education Summit 2020
On October 2, 2020, over 350 educators from 82 different school districts and collaborative programs participated in Lyons & Rogers’ 9th annual Special Education Summit. This year’s event was held virtually. Sessions included: Your COVID-19 Questions Answered, Case Law Year in Review, and The Top Ten Compensatory Education Cases Every Educator Needs to Know: Avoiding and Defending Compensatory Claims Arising from the COVID-19 School Closures and Reopening Plans. For more information about the 2021 Special Education Summit please contact us at: https://www.lyonsandrogers.com/contact/.
Prepare Parents to Attend Virtual 504 Meetings
Implementing Section 504 plans may look different in remote learning environments, but ensuring parental participation remains essential to the decision making process. Virtual 504 Meetings LRP Article.
MCLE Back to School Legal Landmines in a COVID-19 World
On August 31, 2020, Catherine Lyons moderated a panel of experienced education and labor law attorneys to discuss the unprecedented logistical and legal issues permeating the return to school this fall. Topics included: health and safety protocols for in-person instruction; educational services for vulnerable populations including students with disabilities, English learners, and young children; special education and compensatory services; and employees’ requests for leave and accommodations. For the recorded webinar and conference materials, please see: https://www.mcle.org/.
MCLE School Law Conference 2020
Catherine Lyons Co-Chaired the 20th annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) School Law Conference on August 12, 2020. Experienced attorneys and educational professionals presented significant updates from the past year, including a comprehensive review of changes in the law deriving from court cases, BSEA decisions, legislation, and regulatory changes. Cat moderated panels on: Preventing and Responding to Harassment in the #MeToo Era and Hot Topics in Education Law. For the recorded webinar and conference materials, please see: https://www.mcle.org/.
Demystifying Virtual IEP Team Meetings
On April 30, 2020, Catherine Lyons and Amy Rogers presented a webinar on everything you ever wanted to know about how to conduct legally compliant, effective and productive virtual IEP team meetings. Topics included: ensuring accessibility, procedural compliance, confidentiality and privacy, maintaining professionalism online, and more! For more information about Lyons & Rogers’ professional development offerings, please contact us at: https://www.lyonsandrogers.com/contact/.
MCLE’s “1st Look” at Advising Clients on Contingency Planning for Coronavirus
Catherine Lyons joined a panel of legal experts for an MCLE webcast on March 26, 2020, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on public schools, and the development of strategies to mitigate the negative effects of school closures on students, families, and school districts. Other legal experts on the webcast shared insights in the areas of employment, contracts, and higher education. A copy of the webcast may be obtained at: https://www.mcle.org/product/catalog/code/2200328WAU.