University of Pittsburgh
Pitt Law's Office of Development and Alumni Relations presents:

14th Annual Dr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium and Special Education Workshop

June 16, 2011 - 7:30am4:30pm
William Pitt Union Building Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Join Pitt Law, The School of Education, and The Tri-State Area School Study Council for the 14th Annual Sr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium and Special Education Workshop!

7:30 a.m.     Registration, Atrium, and Continental Breakfast, Assembly Room


8:10 a.m.     Welcome, Dr. Diane Kirk and Dr. Sean Hughes,

                            Co-Directors of Tri-State Area School Study Council, Assembly Room


8:20 a.m.     “School Law Update: How to Avoid Litigation and Liability in Your District”

                      Carl Beard, Esq., Andrews and Beard, Altoona

Introduction by Dr. Valerie McDonald, Superintendent, Avonworth School District



9:30 a.m.     “Vouchers and School Choice”

                      Ira Weiss, Esq., Law Offices of Ira Weiss, Pittsburgh

Introduction by Dr. Robert Post, Superintendent, Grove City Area School District


10:40 a.m.   Break


10:50 a.m.   “The First Amendment and Employment Implications of Employee Use of

                      Social Networking Sites”

                      Matthew Hoffman, Esq., Tucker Arensberg, Pittsburgh

Introduction by Dr. Lawrence Korchnak, Superintendent, Baldwin-Whitehall School District


12:00 p.m.   Lunch, Ballroom

                            Presentation of the Distinguished Achievement in Law Award,

                            Recipient: Carl Beard, Esq., Andrews and Beard, Altoona


1:15 p.m.     “What You Should Know to Avoid Getting Sued: A Peek at the ACLU’s

                      Students’ Rights Playbook”

                      Vic Walczak, Esq., Legal Director, ACLU of Pittsburgh

Introduction by Mrs. Deborah Jackson, Superintendent, Burgettstown Area School District


2:20 p.m.     “McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act: School District Obligations to Homeless and Out-of-Home Care Children”

Don Palmer, Esq., and Megan Ott, Esq., Goehring, Rutter & Beam,


Introduction by Mr. Shawn Kovac, Superintendent, North Star School District


3:30 p.m.     “Legal Ethics and the Internet and Other Problems”

Robert Harper, Esq., Professor Emeritus,

School of Law, University of Pittsburgh

CLE Information

Cost for CLE Credit: $30
Preregistration for CLE credit is not required.

LAWYERS:  This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5 Substantive Credits and 1 Ethics Credit – you must attend the 3:30 PM session to receive the Ethics Credit.

The CLE cost is $30, which can be paid at the door.  If paying by check, please make the check out to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. 


The cost to register for the the entire program is $125.  If paying by check, please make check out to the University of Pittsburgh.  

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