September 1, 2014

Legal Services Association

The Legal Services Association (LSA) was established in 1984 to supplement the legal services available to local boards of education through education, representation and advocacy.

Education

Provided free of charge to members, LSA seminars are designed for both board members and school staff. For more information, please contact Steve Bounds, Director of Policy & Legal Services, sbounds@mabe.org.

LSA Seminars are held at the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland (directions).

Registration form and flyer for all LSA Seminars

March 10, 2014 – A Day in the Life of a Pupil Personnel Worker

A PPW's day includes many challenges – dealing with students, staff, administrators, and parents, and acting as counselor, detective, employee, and social worker. Today's PPW also must be knowledgeable about education law as it grows more complicated and confusing. A wide variety of individual decisions must be made every day, each with potential legal consequences. Unless there is a basic understanding of those consequences, a PPW and the school system will be at risk.

Speakers: Rochelle S. Eisenberg, Esq., Partner, Pessin Katz Law, P.A., and Stephen C. Bounds, Esq., Director of Legal & Policy Services, MABE

May 9, 2014 – A Day in the Life of a Principal

A principal's day includes the challenges of dealing with students, staff, administrators, and parents. Today's school counselor also must be knowledgeable about education law as they make numerous individual decisions every day, each with potential legal consequences. Unless there is a basic understanding of those consequences, a principal and the school systems will be at risk.

Speakers: Edmund J. O'Meally, Esq., Partner, Pessin Katz Law, P.A., Judith S. Bresler, Partner, Carney Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr, LLP, and Stephen C. Bounds, Esq., Director of Legal & Policy Services, MABE

May 15, 2014 – A Day in the Life of a School Counselor

A school counselor's day includes the challenges of dealing with students, staff, administrators, and parents. Today's school counselor also must be knowledgeable about education law as they make numerous individual decisions every day, each with potential legal consequences. Unless this is a basic understanding of those consequences, a school counselor and the school systems will be at risk.

Speakers: Eric B. Schwartz, Esq., Board Attorney, Charles County Board of Education, and Stephen C. Bounds, Director of Legal & Policy Services, MABE

May 29, 2014 – Ramifications of New Student Discipline Regulations

Maryland is in the midst of major changes in the area of Student Discipline from new COMAR limits on suspensions to a new statewide Code of Conduct. In addition, a Dear Colleague Letter from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice  is promising to collaboratively and proactively initiate compliance reviews nationwide focused on student discipline. Learn how these changes will impact local boards as they balance the rights of offenders with maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for all students.

Speakers: Stephen C. Bounds, Esq., Director of Legal & Policy Services, MABE, and John R. Woolums, Esq., Director of Governmental Relations, MABE

June 9, 2014 – Annual Special Education Update

Join us for MABE's Annual Special Education Update, designed to keep educators abreast of the latest changes and additions to the law.  Special educators, school-based administrators, central office staff, and board members are welcome to attend this important training opportunity. An unlimited number of participants may attend.

Speakers: Rochelle S. Eisenberg, Esq., Partner, Pessin Katz Law, P.A., and P. Tyson Bennett, Esq., Partner, Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr, LLP

At your request, LSA also offers seminars to member boards on various topics, including:

Open Meetings Act

Internet Law and the Schools

Religion in the Schools

Freedom of Speech in the Schools

Search and Seizure

Student-on-Student Sexual Harassment

Representation

LSA provides members an approved list of law firms specializing in the areas of personnel and special education.  Additionally, LSA maintains a litigation support fund to help local boards financially in cases of statewide importance.

Advocacy

Amicus Curiae, or "friend of the court" briefs, are filed on behalf of member boards of education in cases of statewide importance.   LSA also presents testimony in Annapolis and before the State Board of Education regarding the legal implications of proposed legislation or regulations.