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The "New" Normal and the "Next" Normal: Education Law in the Wake of the Pandemic (2021 Education Law Section Program)

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Over the past year, the practice of education law has faced new challenges as educators and students have had to adapt to changes brought forth by health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even so, many of the legal issues that we address day to day — such as Title IX, student services and personnel matters — remain at the forefront of the work of education lawyers. We have learned, in recent months, how the constants of our practice interact with new questions generated by unprecedented times.

During this program, attendees explore how the practice of education law has evolved into a "new normal" and consider predictions for how the pandemic will shape our "next normal," while still staying abreast of changes to law unrelated to COVID-19 that impact our practice.


  • So, We're Online Now: COVID-19 and Technology in the Education Space
  • Serving the Whole Child in the Midst of a Pandemic: The Role of Student Services and Other Educators
  • Personnel and the Pandemic: The Future of Work
  • The Dreaded D's: Death, Disability, Disbarment and Disappearance
  • Title IX Updates: Implementation and Enforcement Trends
  • Case Law Update

Live Webcast
Wednesday-Thursday, May 5-6, 2021
Day 1: 1:00–4:25 PM
Day 2: 9:00 AM–12:25 PM

Click here to view the full program agenda.


  • Jerry D. Blakemore, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro
  • Tara N. Cho, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Raleigh
  • Sarah O. Edwards, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte
  • Beth Tyner Jones, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Raleigh
  • Howard I. Kallem, Rebecca Leitman Veidlinger PLLC, Chapel Hill
  • April Kuhn, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer
  • David Noland, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh
  • Stacey A. Phipps, North Carolina Attorney General's Office, Raleigh
  • Patricia R. Robinson, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh
  • Mari Ross-Alexander, North Carolina Central University, Durham
  • Sarah M. Saint, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro
  • Christine T. Scheef, North Carolina School Boards Association, Raleigh
  • Brian C. Shaw, Schwartz & Shaw PLLC, Raleigh

NCBA Education Law Section

  • Amy L. Clay, Schwartz & Shaw PLLC, Raleigh (Planner)
  • Benita N. Jones, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Durham (Planner)
  • Keir D. Morton-Manley, North Carolina Central University, Durham (Planner)

North Carolina: 6.00 MCLE Hours

1.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility


See pricing below. Discounts may be available for NCBA members who are students, law professors, judges or legal services/public interest attorneys. Call CLE at 919.677.0561 for details.