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Virtual Special Education Summit 2020

On October 2, 2020, Lyons and Rogers will hold our annual Special Education Summit. Last year, nearly 500 educators from 95 different school districts and collaborative programs attended our annual event. This year, the Summit will be a half-day virtual event. For more information please contact us at: https://www.lyonsandrogers.com/contact/.

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 legal 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!

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.

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