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November 30–December 2, 2016

2016 Oregon School Law Conference

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Pre-Conference Sessions – November 30, 2016

8:30 to 4:30 - Oregon School Law and Finance
11:00 to 4:00 - New Principals Academy
1:00 to 4:00 - Student Rights and Discipline
1:00 to 4:00 - Back to Basics: Employee Discipline & Dismissal
1:00 to 4:00 - Nuts and Bolts: Special Education
9:00 to 2:30 - Superintendent's Leadership Institute (invitation only)

The Oregon School Law & Finance Seminar (a separate pre-conference event) is a two credit course designed for out-of-state administrators who are applying for an Oregon Administrator License. This two credit course is held in conjunction with the Oregon School Law Conference and meets the TSPC law and finance requirements for out-of-state administrators.  Click here to register for this course.  Registration for this event is separate from the main conference registration.


CLE credit is available for this conference.


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Featured Speaker:

Mark Walsh, Contributing Writer at Education Week

Mark Walsh covers school law as well as media coverage of education. Mark began working at Education Week in 1988 and has been a reporter, associate editor, and the assistant managing editor for federal policy before assuming his current role. He is nationally renowned for his coverage of K-12 issues before the U.S. Supreme Court, and is a regular contributor to the SCOTUS Blog, ABA Journal, and other publications. He holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Pre-Conference Session:


Oregon School Law and Finance

Michael Elliott, Lisa Freiley

Back to Basics: Employee Discipline & Dismissal

Kelly Noor, Paul Dakopolos

The Basics of Student Rights and Discipline

Nancy Hungerford, Jennifer Hungerford

Nuts and Bolts: Special Education

Richard Cohn-Lee


Thursday, December 1, 2016


Keynote Speaker: 8:00-9:15 a.m.

Mark Walsh

Breakout Sessions - Round I (9:30-10:30 a.m.)


Special Education Hot Topics

Kelly Noor


How Not to Get Fired: Administrator Employment Issues

Nancy Hungerford, Nathan Rietman


Title IX Compliance

Karin Moscon

Breakout Sessions - Round II (10:45-11:45 a.m.)


Bullying and Harassment

Paul Dakopolos


Social Media (students & employees)

Haley Percell


Discipline and Termination

Brian Hungerford

Breakout Sessions - Round III (1:00-2:15 p.m.)


Mark Walsh Follow-Up Session

Mark Walsh


Update on Oregon's ESSA State Plan

Theresa Richards


TSPC New Faces

Monica Beane, Trent Danowski

Afternoon Small Group Discussions (2:30-3:45 p.m.)


Basics of Bargaining

Brian Hungerford, Shawn Swisher


Title IX: Investigations and Beyond

Naomi Haslitt, Mike Porter


Student Behavior Off Campus

Paul Dakopolos


Student Discipline and Behavior: Removal from the School Environment

Kelly Noor


McKinney-Vento Homeless Education and ESSA

Dona Bolt


FERPA Issues

Rebekah Jacobson, Hank Stebbins


Investigation Basics

Susan Nisbet, Christine Nesbit


Dyslexia Mandate

Carrie Thomas Beck


Healthy Schools - Lead & Toxins

Lori Sattenspiel, OHA ODE


PE Mandate

Morgan Allen, Jim Green, School Rep


Friday, December 2, 2016


Keynote Session 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Chuck Bennett, Morgan Allen, Jim Green, David Williams

Breakout Sessions - Round IV (9:20-10:30 a.m.)


Addressing student-related LGBTQ Issues

Jollee Patterson, Kelly Noor


Paid Sick Leave/Minimum Wage/Overtime

Lisa Freiley, Peggy Stock


Charter Schools: New Funding Issues and Answers

Kristen Miles, Kate Pattison, Donna Newbeck

Breakout Sessions - Round V (10:45-12:00 p.m.)


Top 10 Legal Issues (panel)

Rebekah Jacobson, Naomi Haslitt, Kelly Noor


Marijuana Issues Related to Students and Employees

Nancy Hungerford, Joel Hungerford


Legislative Impact on Your District Policies

Peggy Holstedt, Spencer Lewis





Hilton Eugene
66 East 6th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon, 97401


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Booking Code: CSL
Booking Link: COSA Law Conference 2016
Cutoff Date: 11/8/16


Additional Overflow Lodging:
Valley River Inn
1000 Valley River Way
Eugene, Oregon 97401
(541) 743-1000


Phoenix Inn Suites
850 Franklin Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 344-0001
$79.00 +tax for single/$89.00 +tax for double. Call and ask for the “COSA” room block.