CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Ronald S. Stadler
Mallery Zimmerman SC, Milwaukee, Wis.
Ron has more than 25 years of experience in litigating labor and employment matters, school law matters and commercial disputes. Ron has extensive experience in complex litigation, ranging from breach of contract claims, foreclosures, construction disputes and zoning issues, to class action suits. Ron also has substantial experience in all areas of labor and employment law. This includes collective bargaining, union contract administration, grievance and interest arbitration, wage and hour issues, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, discrimination issues, hiring and firing issues, plant closing issues and health insurance matters. Ron’s school law practice also entails assisting school districts and higher education institutions with every aspect of education law, including special education and constitutional issues. Ron practices law to help his clients solve problems. The litigious nature of society today, along with increasingly-complicated laws, has resulted in businesses and governmental bodies that often times cannot run their day-to-day operations without the fear of violating a law or being sued. Many times these entities do get sued, despite their best efforts. Ron takes great pride in being able to help clients avoid suits and avoid liability when they have been sued.
David Garner
Osborn Maledon, Phoenix, Ariz.
Dave represents private/public, K-12, and post-secondary educational institutions in litigation, administrative hearings, regulatory investigations (including OCR complaints), compliance issues, board governance matters, employment matters, student matters, special education disputes, policy advice, and day-to-day issues of all stripes. In addition, Dave develops policies, procedures, and training designed to assist clients in avoiding litigation and other legal pitfalls, including drafting/revising policy handbooks, offering compliance training on statutory and other legal requirements, and issuing alerts on emerging legal developments affecting clients.
Chelsea Gaberdiel
BASIS.ed, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Chelsea Gaberdiel represented public schools for several years as outside counsel and is now in-house counsel at a large charter school network where she oversees disability and civil rights issues for these schools across the country. In her private practice and her current role, Chelsea has litigated special education and discrimination cases, managed OCR and state departments of education investigations, guided policy development and implementation, and provided training to school administrators, teachers, and school attorneys on school law issues of all kinds.
Dianna Bowen
Thompson Horton LLP, Dallas, Texas
Dianna D. Bowen is a partner in the Dallas and Fort Worth offices of Thompson & Horton LLP. For over fifteen years, she has successfully defended public school districts, charter schools, independent schools, and public and private colleges and universities on a wide range of school law issues, including special education, personnel, discrimination, grievances, student discipline, public information, open meetings, civil rights, sexual harassment, privacy rights, and governance. Ms. Bowen represents these entities in all aspects of litigation, including proceedings before the governing body, in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She also counsels and advises administrators in formulating preventive strategies, drafting personnel policies and procedures, and training employees in all areas of school and employment law. Ms. Bowen has wide-spread experience in administrative proceeding before the Texas Education Agency (TEA) regarding personnel and special education. Specifically, in the past 10 years, Ms. Bowen has represented school districts in over 100 nonrenewal and termination cases under Chapter 21 of the Texas Education Code in front of a hearing officer appointed by TEA and/or the district board of trustees and over 30 special education due process hearings before a special education hearing officer appointed by TEA. Ms. Bowen also has specific experience in litigating cases in state and federal court regarding claims brought under the United States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of Texas, 42 United States Code Sections 1983, 1981, and 1988, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (as amended), the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, the Texas Labor Code, and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act.
David M. Delaney
Dell Salter, PA, Gainesville, Florida
David began representing public school districts upon graduating from the University of Florida College of Law in 1997. David has been recognized by the Florida Bar as an Expert in Education Law and is designated as a Board Certified Specialist in this area. He serves both as general counsel and litigation counsel for public schools, providing a 360 degree understanding of modern education challenges. He has successfully argued education matters before the Florida Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Sexual discrimination and harassment claims are at the forefront of a national discussion, even in the education setting. Preparing your schools to prevent and defend against Title IX claims should be a top priority. Join David for a discussion on spotting potential red flag scenarios that may involve students with disabilities and come away with new ideas on investigating these matters.
Karen A. Haase
KSB School Law, PC, LLO, Lincoln, Neb.
Karen Haase is a partner in the law firm of KSB School Law, where she focuses her practice exclusively on representing public school districts and related entities. She holds degrees from Hastings College, Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Karen taught at both the high school and post-secondary level. Karen has been married to her high school sweetheart for 25 years and has two children.
Julie J. Weatherly
Resolutions in Special Education, Inc., Mobile, Ala.
Julie J. Weatherly, Esq. is the owner of Resolutions in Special Education, Inc. with attorneys in Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama and Naples, Florida. Julie is a member of the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia, and for almost 30 years, has provided legal representation and consultative services to school districts and other agencies in the area of educating students with disabilities. She has been a member of the faculty for many national and state legal institutes and is a frequent speaker at special education law conferences. Julie has developed a number of videotape training series on special education law and has been published nationally as a part of her trainings, workshops and seminars. She is the author of the legal update article for the National CASE quarterly newsletter and is a member of LRP’s Special Education Attorneys Advisory Council. In June of 1996, Julie appeared with Leslie Stahl on CBS news program “60 Minutes” to discuss the cost of meeting the legal requirements of the IDEA. In 1998, she was honored by Georgia’s Council for Exceptional Children as Georgia’s Individual who had Contributed Most to Students with Disabilities, and in April 2012, Julie received the National CASE Award for Outstanding Service.
Brandon Wright
KSB School Law, PC, LLO, Lincoln, Neb.
Brandon K. Wright graduated with a B.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (2001), and a master's degree in educational administration from the Department of Educational Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois (2004). He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law (2004). Brandon currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys. Brandon focuses his practice on school law, having developed a particular interest in the field of special education, due process, and co-operative school districts. He regularly speaks at roundtables, division meetings, Illinois Association of School Boards' Workshops and Conferences, Illinois Principals' Association Conferences, Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education Conferences, and In-services.
LaKisha Kinsey-Sallis
Johnson Jackson LLC, Tampa, Fla.
LaKisha M. Kinsey Sallis is a Partner. She has over ten years of experience in the field of labor and employment law. During that time, she has represented, both nationally and locally, large and small private and public-sector employers in a variety of industries including food and hospitality, healthcare, retail, and government. Additionally, LaKisha has developed a niche in education law, having represented for years one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay area in matters arising under various federal and state education laws. LaKisha’s practice consists of, among other things, providing day-to-day advice on workplace matters, delivering training to corporate partners, responding to demands and charges of discrimination, and defending individual and class action lawsuits. LaKisha’s passion is educating clients on effective strategies and proactive steps to guard against potential claims as well as providing them with the type of effective defense that keeps costs low, but the level of quality advocacy high. LaKisha is a 2012 graduate of the HCBA Leadership Institute and currently serves as the National Legal Advisor to Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She volunteers in the community with the Junior League of Tampa and was recently appointed to serve on The Florida Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. LaKisha graduated from Florida A & M University, magna cum laude, in 2002. After graduation, LaKisha attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was recognized for her trial advocacy skills as a Philip H. Corboy Trial Fellow. LaKisha also served as a legal intern for the Honorable Stuart S. Nudelman (retired). After practicing law in Illinois for a few years, LaKisha returned to Tampa, Florida, where she was born and raised.
Jocelyn P. Kramer
JWeiss Burkardt Kramer LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa.
The special education law practitioner must be skilled in responding to inquiries regarding students who are involved in actual or threatened incidents of school violence. Jocelyn Kramer will provide a renewed look at school-based mental health services and interventions for students with disabilities who are either the victims or perpetrators of threats of school violence or other underlying violations of a school's code of conduct. You’ll learn response options for the most common questions posed by schools during a perceived or rumored threat while maintaining compliance with special education laws and regulations.
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