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Brackett & Ellis will sponsor the 5th Annual ELA Regional Conference for Public School Administrators on April 28, 2017

You are invited to attend the 5th Annual

Education Law Association (ELA)

Regional Conference for Public School Administrators

sponsored by:



April 28, 2017, Lou’s Pavilion On the campus of Texas Wesleyan University 1112 Wesleyan St., Fort Worth, TX 76105

Conference Cost: $59 for students

$109 for attorneys, administrators, and professors Register by April 1 and save $10.

Breakfast and Lunch Included

 Planned Agenda

  • 8:30-9:00: Onsite Registration

 Continental Breakfast Provided

  • 9:00-9:10: Welcome and Introductions

Lynn Rossi Scott, Cate Smith, Joe Dryden

  • 9:10-9:55 Discriminatory Discipline

Lynn Rossi Scott, President of the Education Law Association and a Shareholder with Brackett & Ellis, will discuss federal law and guidances related to helping school administrators avoid disciplining students based on race or disability, and will offer practical tips to avoid such practices.

  • 9:55-10:05 (break)
  • 10:05-10:50 Keeping Schools Safe when Parents are the Problem

Jim Whitton, a shareholder with Brackett & Ellis, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of School Boards’ Council of School Attorneys, will give you some tips on dealing with those “mad mamas” and “foul-mouthed fathers.”

  • 10:50-11:35 Special Education

Eric Ransleben, an attorney with more than 20 years of experience practicing special education and juvenile law on behalf of parents, will provide insight into some of the more common parental complaints regarding the identification, evaluation and implementation of services under IDEA.

  •  11:35-12:15 Lunch

Provided by Brackett and Ellis

  • 12:20-1:05:Teacher Expression Rights

Les Black, a Clinical Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University will examine the balance between institutional efficacy and the speech rights of teachers in the age of social media.

  • 1:05-1:15 (break)
  • 1:15-2:30: Your Top Ten FERPA Questions: Asked and (Hopefully) Answered

Tom Myers, a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Bar Association School Law Section, and a Shareholder with Brackett & Ellis, will discuss answers to frequently asked questions related to FERPA, explore new issues beginning to emerge, look at possible amendments to FERPA, and review what the Family Policy Compliance is doing to help schools and universities, and their lawyers, on such questions.

  •  2:30-3:15 First Amendment Update

Joe Dryden, an Associate Professor at Texas Wesleyan University and a member of the Board of Directors of the Education Law Association, will provide analysis and comment on recent k-12 expression and religion cases impacting public schools.

  • 3:15-3:30 “Stump the Experts” and Seminar Evaluation

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