2018 WSSDA Law Conference
Registration is now open!
For pricing and registration information, see the Annual Conference registration page.
Law Conference is a full-day event held the day before WSSDA’s Annual Conference.
November 14, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. (Followed by a reception)
Davenport Grand Hotel
333 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201
8 - 9 a.m. Breakfast (Grand Ballroom C)
8:30 - 8:35 a.m. Welcome to the Conference (Grand Ballroom C)
Abigail Westbrook, WSSDA
8:35 - 9:50 a.m. National and Federal School Law Trends and News
Sonja Trainor, NSBA
Breakout Session 1
10 - 11 a.m.
A. The Top 10 Things You Need To Know
About Risk Mitigation (Meeting Room 10)
Charles Leitch & Deborah Callahan
B. The First Amendment & Students - What Students Can Say and Do (Meeting Room 11)
Greg Stevens, Stevens Clay
Breakout Session 2
11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
A. Labor Negotiations - Dos & Don'ts (Meeting Room 10)
Greg Stevens, Stevens Clay
B. The First Amendment in the Digital Age Board & Staff (Meeting Room 11)
Tony Anselmo, Stevens Clay
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. School Safety: The Legal Requirements (Grand Ballroom C)
Mike Donlin, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Breakout Session 3
2 - 3 p.m.
A. Public Records Act - For Board Members (Meeting Room 10)
Alex Fern & Greg Stevens, Steven Clay
B. Discipline & Equity (Meeting Room 11)
Sandy Hayes, Northshore School District
Joshua Lynch, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dierk Meierbachtol, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Afternoon General Session
3:05 - 4:15 p.m. Collective Bargaining (Grand Ballroom C)
4:15 - 5:45 p.m. Hosted by Stevens Clay (Grand Ballroom C)
- Engage with experienced school law attorneys on hot-topic legal issues that face public school districts across the state.
- Hear about recent developments, analysis and insight to help you recognize legal pitfalls and minimize the risk of costly litigation and investigations in your district.
- Network with other school directors and superintendents to share stories and ideas regarding best practices.
If you attend this one-day conference, you'll be up to speed on school law for the current school year. You’ll come away from this knowing when you need to call your attorney.
Selected Session Topics:
- Growth Management Act (GMA) Schools
- Student Discipline – Panel Discussion
- School District Litigation Update
- Federal Updates “From the Other Washington”
- And much more!
||Thursday, November 16, 2017
||7:50 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (continental breakfast on-location)
8:35 a.m. to 5 p.m.
5:15 p.m. (hosted reception on-location)
||Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Policy and Legal Coordinator
Quotes from Past Law Conference Participants
A must for every single board member and superintendent.
Fabulous — scary info, but fabulous.
Good info — wished it could have lasted longer.
Great program. I think all should attend.
I have been a school director for over 10 years. There was a lot of useful information that I was not aware of...
Great presenters and very useful information.
This presentation was worth coming to the conference for.
Love it. Info was very relevant and up to date.
Would love to have this every year, excellent info!!!
Excellent info — more time needed.
Very informative and a great resource for the conference.
Please do this again! Most valuable!