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On October 24, 2014,andnbsp;R. Todd Huntandnbsp;spoke on the topic, “Those Legal Cases That Affect the Way You do the Public’s Business,” at the 2014 Cleveland Planning and Zoning Workshop, sponsored by APA Cleveland, in Westlake, Ohio.

On February 6, 2014,andnbsp;Craig A. Marvinney,andnbsp;Leslie G. Wolfeandnbsp;and Lesya K. Melnyk participated in a video program, “Careers in the Law Profession (Attorneys and Paralegals),” which was produced by WVIZ/ideastream, a Cleveland non-profit public broadcasting organization. This program was broadcast live to several Ohio high schools, in an effort to provide students with insight and information concerning the steps which a person would need to take in order to become an attorney or a paralegal.andnbsp;

At the Ohio Municipal League’s “Seminar for Newly Elected Council Members,” held on March 29, 2014 in Independence, Ohio,andnbsp;R. Todd Huntandnbsp;addressed the topic, “Home Rule and Local Control.”

On April 7, 2014, Walter | Haverfield LLP, in partnership with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, presented the third session of its three-part series of complimentary legal updates. In Session Three of this Special Education/Pupil Services Professional Development Series, titled “Spring Is Here – We’re In The Home Stretch,” attorneysandnbsp;Christine T. Cossler,andnbsp;Christina Henagen Peer, Elise C. Keating and Andrea E. M. Stone covered several topics of interest to Directors of Special Education, Special Education Supervisors, Directors of Pupil Services and Directors of Student Services. This session took place at the Essex Place Conference Center in Independence, Ohio.

Aimee W. Laneandnbsp;discussed the topic, “Variances” at the Ohio State Bar Association’s “Land Use and Zoning” seminar on May 21, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio.

On June 18, 2014,andnbsp;Geoffrey S. Gossandnbsp;participated as a panelist at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Real Estate Section Spring Seminar. The topic of discussion for this panel was titled, “Essentials of a Commercial Transaction.”

Eric J. Johnsonandnbsp;provided school officials with a “School Administrator Legal Update,” on August 8, 2014 at the Lake County Educational Service Center (Lakeland Community College), in Kirtland, Ohio and on August 6, 2014andnbsp;at the Geauga County Administrator Retreat 2014, held at Lakeland Community College – Mooreland Mansion, in Kirtland, Ohio.

On August 13, 2014,andnbsp;Christina Henagen Peerandnbsp;spoke on the topic, “Legal Update for Paraprofessionals Working in School Districts,” at the Geauga County Educational Service Center, in Chardon, Ohio.

On September 22, 2014, Walter | Haverfield LLP, in partnership with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, presented the first session in a two-part series of complimentary legal updates. In Session One of this Special Education/Pupil Services Professional Development Series, titled “Back to School: What Districts Need to Know to Start the 2014-15 School Year,” attorneysandnbsp;Christine T. Cossler,andnbsp;Christina Henagen Peer,andnbsp;Sara M. Markouc, Andrea E.M. Stone and Elise C. Keating covered several topics of interest to Directors of Special Education, Special Education Supervisors, Directors of Pupil Services and Directors of Student Services. This session took place in Independence, Ohio.

On October 10, 2014,andnbsp;Charles T. Riehlandnbsp;spoke on the topic, “Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals – Design Build,” at a Lorman Seminar (“Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations in Ohio”), in Toledo, Ohio.

On October 10, 2014,andnbsp;Christina Henagen Peerandnbsp;andandnbsp;Sara M. Markoucandnbsp;addressed the topic, “Back by Popular Demand: I’m an Administrator, Not a Human Resources Manager,” at the Starting Point Annual Leadership Conference at Corporate College East (a division of Cuyahoga Community College), in Warrensville Heights, Ohio.

On October 20, 2014,andnbsp;Christina Henagen Peerandnbsp;andandnbsp;Eric J. Johnsonandnbsp;provided legal updates for school district and human resources professionals at a program presented by Walter | Haverfield LLP, in partnership with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County. At this program, held in Independence, Ohio, Christina and Eric spoke on the topic, “Legal Update for NEOASPA.”

On October 30, 2014,andnbsp;Christina Henagen Peerandnbsp;presented at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s “8th Annual Special Education Law and Advocacy Update for Parents and Practitioners,” held at the CMBA Offices, in Cleveland, Ohio.

On November 10, 2014,andnbsp;Stephen L. Byronandnbsp;andandnbsp;Eric J. Johnsonandnbsp;gave a presentation on the topic, “Playing Well With Others,” at the 2014 OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show, in Columbus, Ohio.

On December 8, 2014,andnbsp;Charles T. Riehlandnbsp;spoke on the topics, “Analyze the Land Subdivision Process” and “Understand the Development and Utilization of the Comprehensive Plan,” at the NBI Seminar (“Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning”), in Independence, Ohio.

On June 9, 2015,andnbsp;Craig A. Marvinneyandnbsp;spoke at The 2015 Litigation Management College Graduate Program, per the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The topic of Craig’s presentation was, “Mediation of the Complex Case: Perspectives and Techniques to Achieve Excellent Results.”

Geoffrey S. Gossandnbsp;served as a panelist at the Novogradac New Markets Tax Credit Conference on June 11, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Geoff’s panel addressed the topic, “The Tale of Two Credits: HTC and NMTC.”

As a service to our clients in the Education Law Group, Walter | Haverfield is offering,andnbsp;without charge, a variety of brief presentations geared toward educating district personnel on timely topics facing public school districts. Conducted on-site at the district, each continuing education presentation is designed to assist district representatives in identifying and addressing legal issues before they cause significant financial liability, operational harm or negative publicity. Each session will run approximately one hour and will provide sufficient time for any questions that may arise.

The Education Law Group has identified the following topics:

What Administrators Need to Know

This session will provide a comprehensive update on the status of various recent school law developments. Specific topics of discussion will include: (1) reduction in force and layoff concerns; (2) recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act; (3) recent FERPA amendments; and (4) an update on other timely legislative and judicial developments.

School Law Awareness for New Teachers

This session will provide a basic overview to new teachers designed to assist them in spotting legal issues as they arise and handling those issues properly. The session will highlight a variety of areas including bullying, harassment and discrimination, privacy concerns, child abuse reporting obligations and other common legal issues teachers may encounter.

Regulating and Managing Student Use of Cell Phones

This session will discuss issues faced by schools related to student use of cellular phones and electronic devices including: (1) the ability to regulate the possession and use of such devices; (2) how to lawfully address inappropriate content and use such as transmitting sexually explicit material, cyber bullying and cheating; (3) under what circumstances district personnel may conduct a lawful search and/or confiscate devices; and (4) other related topics such as videotaping teachers and other students. Learn how to address these situations to avoid liability by going too far … or not going far enough.

Responding to Student and Employee Misuse of Internet Web Sites

MySpace, Facebook and YouTube – the possibilitiesandnbsp;and problemsandnbsp;are endless. Can you discipline students or employees for posting material to a Website that attacks teachers, administrators or board members? What about teachers posting provocative pictures or discussing intimate details of their personal lives over the Internet? How do you address students posting pictures to the Internet of themselves drinking beer at a party? What about students recording teachers in the classroom and posting it to the Internet? We’ll discuss how to address these and other scenarios that are becoming all too commonplace.

How to Minimize Special Education Disputes and Successfully Defend Them When They Occur

Without getting into the more intricate complexities of the IDEIA, this session provides an overview of simple procedures which should be followed in order to minimize special education disputes and successfully defend them. The focus will be on practical advice regarding steps that should be taken: (1) at the initial evaluation stage; (2) during creation of an individualized education plan; and (3) during ongoing implementation of the IEP. We also will discuss common pitfalls school districts face in the special education context and how to avoid them.

Student Discipline 101

Students have many constitutional, statutory and contractual rights when it comes to discipline which exposes the district to potential liability if they run afoul of those rights. This session will walk you through the discipline process and provide practical tips on how to: (1) comply with notice and other procedural requirements; (2) ensure that student discipline policies and handbooks are consistently applied and enforced; (3) avoid infringing students’ rights; (4) properly document the disciplinary incident; and (5) successfully prosecute the proposed discipline and/or defend legal challenges to the proposed discipline.

How to Properly Discipline Employees

This session will provide practical advice on how to: (1) properly discipline employees, even when faced with the most difficult employees and challenging situations; (2) maintain control of the disciplinary process; and (3) properly document and investigate the disciplinary action so that the Board is best positioned to defeat challenges to the disciplinary action in arbitration or court.

Grievance Processing and Preparing for Arbitration

In this session, we will discuss how to properly handle grievances at each stage of the process, from the initial notice of the grievance through arbitration. We will focus on practical advice on how to defeat grievances brought by both teaching and non-teaching staff. We will discuss the essential steps that must be taken at the first stage, how to best respond to grievances throughout the process and what administrators need to do in order to be successful at arbitration.

Evaluations and Non-Renewal

Don’t get stuck with a bad employee for decades because of one missed procedural step! During this session, we will discuss the procedural and substantive requirements required to non-renew both teaching and non-teaching staff. We will also provide practical tips on how to (1) avoid common pitfalls; (2) ensure a non-renewal decision is supported by adequate documentation; and (3) handle any apparent flaws that may have occurred.

A Roadmap for Navigating the Family Medical Leave Act

Recent revisions to the FMLA have complicated what was already a complex set of regulations. In this session, we will discuss the recent changes to the FMLA and the impact of those changes upon school districts. Among the items for discussion are the revisions to the eligibility, medical certification, notice, and other provisions of the FMLA, including the military leave amendments. We will also discuss the application of these provisions in evaluating and addressing requests for FMLA leave from both certificated and non-certificated staff members.

If you are interested in scheduling one or more of these sessions for your district, please contact one of ourandnbsp;Education Law Group attorneys.

On July 30, 2015,andnbsp;Craig A. Marvinneyandnbsp;spoke on the topic, “The Anatomy of The Hack Job: Sony, North Korea and International Trade Secretology,” at the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel 2015 Annual Meeting, Intellectual Property Section Program, in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

On December 15, 2015, James M. Mackey spoke at an NBI Seminar in Independence, Ohio (“Trusts 101”). Jim’s presentations were titled, “Revocable Living Trusts” and “Grantor Trusts.”

Walter | Haverfield, in conjunction with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, continued our Education Law Legal Update series. Thank you for joining us at ESC on January 25, 2016 for the second in a series of three updates for the 2015-16 school year.
The session covered:

  • Religion In Schools: Navigating the Murky Waters of Religious Accommodation and Other Issues presented by Christine T. Cossler and Lisa H. Woloszynek
  • When Enough is Enough: Managing Excessive Absenteeism Without Violating Employee Rights presented by Peter T. Zawadski
  • Opening Pandora’s Box Page… The Unintended Consequences of District-Sponsored Social Media presented by Eric J. Johnson and James M. McWeeney II

On March 4, 2016, Christina Henagen Peer spoke at the 2016 OSBA Special Education Law Workshop, in Columbus, Ohio. The topic of her presentation was, “Providing FAPE to students who aren’t yours (and other unique scenarios).”

At the Cleveland Internship Summit on February 10, 2016, co-hosted by the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Cleveland State University, James M. McWeeney II appeared as one of the program’s featured speakers. James spoke on the topic, “Legal Aspects of Internships: Legal issues Employers Should Know.”

On February 25, 2016, Aimee W. Lane was a co-presenter at The CMBA’s Government Attorneys Section and the Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association’s “Annual President’s Day Seminar and Municipal Law Update.” At this program, held in Cleveland, Ohio, Aimee spoke on the topic, “4th, 5th, and 14th Amendment Issues Related to Code Enforcement.”

On March 9, 2016, Peter T. Zawadski spoke at the BASA School Facilities and Safety Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The topic of Peter’s presentation was, “Contracts Have Consequences.”

On March 18, 2016, Christina Peer spoke at OSBA 2016: Technology and the Law Seminar. Her presentation with Rhonda Porter, Esq. of the Akron City School District described in detail ten dangerous apps that can expose students to bullies and predators, and how to handle their widespread use.

On November 14, 2016, Peter T. Zawadski served as a Co-Presenter at the Ohio School Boards Association’s 2016 Capital Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The topic of Peter’s presentation was, “The Nuts and Bolts of Vendor Contracts.”

On January 12, 2017, Christine T. Cossler gave a presentation on Transgender Issues at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, in Independence, Ohio.

On January 17, 2017, James M. McWeeneyandnbsp;spokeandnbsp;at a Sports Law Legal Update / Hot Topics at the Summit County Educational Service Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

On January 24, 2017, Eric J. Johnson will be presenting a Human Resources Legal Update to the Northeast Ohio Association of School Personnel Administrators at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, in Independence, Ohio.

On February 1, 2017, Eric J. Johnson will serve as a panelist at the 2017 ACUHO-I State of the Profession Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. The panel will discuss the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as it applies to higher education and, in particular, campus housing and residence life operations.

On February 16, 2017, Kathryn I. Perrico will present a Public and Student Records Legal Update at the Summit County Educational Service Center, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Christina Henagen Peer will be speaking at a BASA Compliance Officer Training Seminar on February 17, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio.

On February 28, 2017, Miriam M. Pearlmutter will present a Bullying and School Safety Legal Update at the Summit County Educational Service Center, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

On February 28, 2017, Charles T. Riehl will be speaking on the topic, “Fracking and Local Governments – What Can Be Regulated?,” at the NBI Seminar (“Local Government Law from Start to Finish”), in Akron, Ohio.

Eric J. Johnson will provide a Legal Update to the Ohio Association of School Personnel Administrators Conference on March 3, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio.

On March 8, 2017, Eric J. Johnson will be speaking to the Ohio Association of School Business Officials at the Essentials of Financial Management and Administration Seminar.

On March 13, 2017, Christina Henagen Peer will be speaking at the Special Education Legal Update Seminar, at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, in Independence, Ohio.

On March 16, 2017, Kathryn I. Perrico and Christina Henagen Peer
will provide a Compliant Data Collection and ESY Determination and
Surviving ODE Audit Legal Update at the Summit County Educational
Service Center, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

On March 28, 2017, Christina Henagen Peer will give a presentation to the Northeast Ohio Legal Updates Network at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, in Independence, Ohio.

On January 17, 2017, Peter T. Zawadski spoke at the Legal Update Series, which took place at the Summit County Educational Service Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The topic of Peter’s presentation was, “School Sports Law: Hot Legal Topics Involving School Athletics.”

On February 2, 2017, Peter T. Zawadski spoke at a Compliance Officer Training program, organized by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. The topic of Peter’s presentation, which was given in Columbus, Ohio, was, “Expectations of the EEOC, OCRC and OCR.”

On March 27, 2017, Craig A. Marvinney, along with Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Sharon L. Kennedy, jointly taught a class on Oral Advocacy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. This class, which was presented to the entire First Year Class and upper class Moot Court Co-Curricular students of CWRU, took place at the university’s Tinkham Veale Student Center. Justice Kennedy spoke with a “View from the Bench,” using excerpts from video footage of actual oral arguments to the Ohio Supreme Court.

From left to right: Craig A. Marvinney (Adjunct Professor of Law at CWRU Law School),
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy, CWRU Law School Dean Michael Scharf,
and CWRU Law Professor Dan Jaffe

On March 30-31, 2017, Leslie G. Wolfe co-chaired the 32nd Annual Ohio Environment, Energy and Resources Law Seminar sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association. The event was held at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio and was attended by over 200 environmental attorneys and professional consultants. Highlights included a keynote address by Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler, as well as presentations by other speakers on timely environmental issues, including Professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


Leslie Wolfe, Professor Jonathan Adler, and event co-chair Christine Rideout Schirra of Bricker and Eckler LLP

On June 20, 2017, James M. McWeeney II will be the presenter at the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Internship Central Webinar. In this webinar, Mr. McWeeney will address the topic, “Legal Aspects of Internships.”

On June 23, 2017, Darrell A. Clay will be speaking at an NBI seminar on the topic, “Drone Law.” This seminar will be held at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Conference Center in downtown Cleveland.

On September 13, 2017, Charles T. Riehl will be speaking on the topics, “Analyze the Land Subdivision Process” and “Navigating Zoning Issues Before Local Governments,” at the NBI Seminar (“Local Government Law From Start to Finish“), in Toledo, Ohio.

On September 15, 2017, Gary A. Zwick will address the topic, “Handling Common Business Tax Issues,” at the NBI Seminar (“Business Law: Start to Finish“), in Akron, Ohio.

On September 18, 2017, Christina Henagen Peer and members of Walter | Haverfield’s Education Law Section will be speaking at the “Special Education Legal Update: Session One” (program presented by Walter | Haverfield LLP, in partnership with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County), in Independence, Ohio.

Aimee W. Lane will present a “Land Use Law Update” on October 27, 2017, at APA Cleveland’s 29th Annual Planning and Zoning Workshop, in Mayfield Village, Ohio.

On October 27, 2017, Charles T. Riehl and R. Todd Hunt will speak on the topic, “Economic Development Incentives,” at APA Cleveland’s 29th Annual Planning and Zoning Workshop, in Mayfield Village, Ohio.

Gary A. Zwick will present on the topic, “A Potpourri of Creative and Possibly Aggressive Estate Planning Ideas,” on November 8, 2017, at the Canton Estate Planning Forum, in North Canton, Ohio.

On November 15, 2017, Gary A. Zwick will be speaking on the topic, “HNW Planning,” before the Society of Financial Service Professionals, in Independence, Ohio.

 

Walter | Haverfield partner Darrell Clay led a panel discussion at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association on the topic of #MeToo and sexual harassment in the legal profession. Cleveland.com recapped the discussion, which included attorneys from other local firms.

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