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Day 1 | The "New" Normal and the "Next" Normal: Education Law in the Wake of the Pandemic (2021 Education Law Section Program)

1:00        Welcome and Introductions

1:05        So, We're Online Now: COVID-19 and Technology in the Education Space

Jerry D. Blakemore, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro
Tara N. Cho, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Raleigh
Christine T. Scheef, North Carolina School Boards Association, Raleigh

After the onset of COVID-19, technology played an integral role in providing education and services, as well as employment in the school setting. The virtual space was ground zero for the intersection of several legal issues: privacy, data security, free speech and expression, and even activism. Speakers talk through some of the thorny issues that arose in both the student and employee spaces and how they were addressed when it came to the delivery of instruction, provision of services to students and teleworking.

2:05        Break

2:15        Serving the Whole Child in the Midst of a Pandemic: The Role of Student Services and Other Educators

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of student support professionals and meeting the needs of the whole student at both the K-12 and higher education levels. Hear insights from attorneys and practitioners regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted student service providers and students — including legal issues associated with telehealth and access during periods of distance learning, changes to legislation that impacts student mental health services, student engagement, English-language learners, and the role of educational professionals to address the impact of stressors on student performance and outcomes.

3:15        Break

3:25        Personnel and the Pandemic: The Future of Work

Beth Tyner Jones, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Raleigh
April Kuhn, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer

COVID-19 has uprooted virtually every aspect of the pre-pandemic workforce, and the employment outlook for the education sector has not been spared. How much of the "new normal" — teleworking, physical distancing, health screenings, vaccine requirements — will impact the future of work? Education law practitioners who specialize in employment and human resources discuss common issues with workplace accommodations during the pandemic, best practices for navigating difficult scenarios, and insights on how future employment trends may impact educational institutions.

4:25        Adjourn

4:25        Virtual Social

Description

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.

Contributors

  • Jerry D. Blakemore

    Jerry D. Blakemore, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro

    Jerry serves as General Counsel for UNC Greensboro. Jerry has more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration, policy development and the providing of legal services, 14 of which as General Counsel for major institutions of higher education. Jerry is a graduate of Princeton University, from which he received his B.A. Degree in Political Science, and John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. He is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court,and is a member of the North Carolina Bar.

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  • Tara N. Cho

    Tara N. Cho chairs Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP's Privacy and Cybersecurity Team. Her practice is dedicated to counseling clients on privacy and data security issues across industries such as technology, retail, e-commerce, healthcare, health-tech, and life sciences. She advises clients on matters related to the CCPA, HIPAA, COPPA, TCPA, CAN-SPAM, and other state and federal privacy, cybersecurity and data breach laws in the U.S. She also advises clients on the GDPR and related requirements of European data protection laws. Tara helps companies establish and assess compliance programs, respond to data breaches and security incidents, conduct risk analyses, negotiate contracts that govern data use and security, respond to regulator requests and investigations, and address new and evolving issues stemming from the development of mobile and web-based applications, cloud computing, machine learning and AI tools, IoT devices, and other technology solutions that rely on personal data.

    Tara became certified as a legal specialist in Privacy and Information Security Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization in 2018 as part of the inaugural class of specialists in this field. She is also recognized by the IAPP as a certified information privacy professional for the US (CIPP/US) and Europe (CIPP/E).

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  • Amy L. Clay

    Amy L. Clay, Schwartz & Shaw PLLC, Raleigh

    Amy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with a degree in Psychology and second major in Sociology. She subsequently completed a JD at Campbell University in 2016, and a PhD in School Psychology from North Carolina State University in 2018. During her time at NC State, she was involved in numerous program evaluation projects at the university, local, and state levels with a focus on research related to child welfare. Amy currently is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division, the Wake County Bar Association, and the Campbell Law Alumni Association.

    Amy grew up in Asheville and is happily married to her husband Joseph. They reside in Raleigh and share their home with their two cats, Franklin and Bash.

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  • Sarah O. Edwards

    Sarah O. Edwards, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte

    Sarah joined the Office of Legal Affairs in 2012. Prior to assuming her role at UNC Charlotte, she spent two years as a judicial clerk in the North Carolina appellate court system and one year as a legal fellow in UNC Chapel Hill's Office of University Counsel. Edwards earned her BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University and her JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Edwards focuses her practice on student affairs, including student safety and student discipline; harassment and discrimination complaints in both student and employment realms; institutional compliance, including Title IX and the Clery Act; policy development and revision; and institutional governance. In addition, she has an active leadership role in the North Carolina Bar Association Education Law Section and has held an adjunct faculty appointment with UNC Charlotte's Graduate Faculty.

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  • Benita N. Jones

    Benita N. Jones, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Durham

    A member of the firm's Education and School Law Team, Benita has extensive experience providing legal support and counsel to educational institutions on a broad array of state and federal legal issues including Title IX, VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, constitutional law, contract law, tort law, policy development and governance, employment law, and student legal issues. She has worked collaboratively on litigation matters with the North Carolina Attorney General's Office and attorneys from the UNC System Office.

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  • Beth Tyner Jones

    Beth Tyner Jones, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Raleigh

    Beth is a leader of the firm's Education and School Law Team, head of its Employment and Pensions Service Team and Managing Partner of the Research Triangle Park and Raleigh, NC offices. She builds upon her experience as an HR professional, in-house employment lawyer and a college faculty member to defend employers and serve as a trusted adviser to educational institutions.

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  • Howard I. Kallem

    Howard I. Kallem, Rebecca Leitman Veidlinger PLLC, Chapel Hill

    Howard brings more than two decades of experience handling issues of sexual harassment in higher education to provide counseling and guidance aimed at prevention and compliance under Title IX. Howard works with clients to interpret and apply federal guidance and case law, ensuring policies and procedures related to sexual misconduct on campus are reasonable, compliant, and efficient. In every matter, he helps institutions build an environment that is safe and welcoming for all students and staff through awareness, education, and training.

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  • April Kuhn

    April Kuhn, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer

    April is a Salisbury native, and a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate. She received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, FL, where she served as a Research Assistant. Kuhn also served as an intern with the Pinellas County State Attorney's Office. Outside of work, April, her husband, and daughter enjoy cheering on the Buffalo Bills, the UNC Tarheels, the New York Yankees, and now the Pfeiffer Falcons!

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  • Keir D. Morton-Manley

    Keir D. Morton-Manley, North Carolina Central University, Durham

    Keir joined the Office of Legal Affairs as the Higher Education Legal Fellow in February 2020. Prior to joining the OLA, Keir worked in the Education Section of the North Carolina Attorney General's Office, externed with the Special Education Attorney Team at Disability Rights North Carolina, and served on the North Carolina Bar Association's Education Law Section Council. Her prior professional experience includes 20 years in housing and community development, with 14 years with the State of North Carolina.

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  • David Noland

    David Noland, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh

    David is an experienced education litigator and advocate. He is a graduate, magna cum laude, of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Associate Editor of the Cardozo Law Review. He holds an undergraduate degree in Government and Legal Studies and Sociology from Bowdoin College in Maine. Prior to joining Tharrington Smith in 2018, David was a senior associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, with a practice focused on general commercial litigation. David was counsel of record in a landmark constitutional challenge to the state educational funding system in Connecticut. The multi-year litigation culminated in a five month trial, followed by an appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court.

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  • Stacey A. Phipps

    Stacey A. Phipps, North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Raleigh

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  • Patricia R. Robinson

    Patricia R. Robinson, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh

    Patricia joined the Education Section of Tharrington Smith in 2016. She advises clients on a wide array of issues, including investigations, policy revisions, personnel matters, special education, contracts, and public records law. Patricia received a B.A. in English with honors and highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. She taught middle school Language Arts in Charlotte for three years, two as a Teach for America corps member, before returning to Chapel Hill for law school. While in law school, Patricia externed for Judge Allyson K. Duncan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and served as an Honors Writing Scholar, editor of the First Amendment Law Review, and student practitioner in the Youth Justice Clinic. Patricia graduated with High Honors from UNC Law in 2016 and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

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  • Mari Ross-Alexander

    Mari Ross-Alexander, North Carolina Central University, Durham

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  • Sarah M. Saint

    Sarah M. Saint, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro

    Sarah advises and litigates on behalf of public and private educational institutions and school boards on a wide range of education law issues, including special education and disability issues, civil rights laws, and tort claims. She also represents businesses in a variety of industries to resolve disputes, litigating in state and federal court when necessary. Sarah has a particular focus on diversity and civil rights issues, including issues related to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and religion.

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  • Christine T. Scheef

    Christine T. Scheef, North Carolina School Boards Association, Raleigh

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  • Brian C. Shaw

    Brian C. Shaw is a partner in the firm of Schwartz & Shaw, PLLC in Raleigh. He graduated cum laude in 1976 from Harvard College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1980. Mr. Shaw is an Adjunct Professor at the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. He is a Past Chair of the Education Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of School Attorneys. He is a member of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys and the National Council of School Attorneys. He is a frequent speaker at the district, state and national level on many different topics dealing with education law.

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May 5, 2021
Wed 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 3H 25M

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