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Live Webcast | Where Are We Now? Hot Topics in Education Law (2022 Education Law Section Program)

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Legal practitioners and educational professionals come together to discuss 2022's hottest topics facing educational institutions and their constituents, including parents, students, employees, board members and administrators.

Presentations cover mental health, religious expression rights, transgender nondiscrimination and privacy rights, academic freedom and free speech, investigations, transitions from high school to college, dissent within an educational institution, and the much-anticipated case law update.


  • Academic Freedom in Publicly Funded Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Internal Investigations in Educational Institutions: Choose Your Own Adventure? No, the Adventure Chooses You
  • Order in the Board Room: How to Navigate Infighting and Political Lightning Rods, and Uphold Your Ethical Responsibilities to Your Client, as Attorney for an Educational Institution's Governing Board
  • Navigating Conflicts Between First Amendment/Religious Freedom Rights and Nondiscrimination/Equal Protection Rights of Transgender Individuals in Education Settings
  • Addressing Student Mental Health in the Current Educational Climate: Local Education Agency Obligations and Considerations
  • Transitions: Legal Rights, Services and Other Considerations for Students With Disabilities in College
  • The Case Law Update

Live Webcast
Friday, April 8, 2022
8:20 AM–5:00 PM

Click here to view the full program agenda.


  • Sheena J. Cobrand, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro
  • Eva DuBuisson, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh
  • Shana L. Fulton, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh
  • Kristi L. Graunke, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation, Raleigh
  • Benita N. Jones, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, Research Triangle Park
  • Dekendrick Murray, North Carolina Central University, Durham
  • Rachel Nicholas, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh
  • Ann Paradis, Gahagan Paradis PLLC, Durham
  • Neal Ramee, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh
  • Thomas C. Shanahan, University of North Carolina Health, Chapel-Hill
  • Brian Shaw, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh
  • Ken Soo, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh
  • Elizabeth L. Troutman, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro
  • Craig White, Campaign for Southern Equality, Asheville

NCBA Education Law Section

  • Keir D. Morton-Manley, North Carolina Central University, Durham (Planner)
  • Maura O'Keefe, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh (Planner)
  • Grace S. Pennerat, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh (Planner)
  • Sarah M. Saint, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro (Planner)
  • Rebecca M. Williams, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh (Planner)

North Carolina: 7.00 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.