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2022 WASB/WSAA School Law Conference

Feb. 24, Wisconsin Dells

The WASB/WSAA School Law Conference features experienced school law attorneys presenting sessions on a variety of legal and related issues pertinent to school board members and school administrators.

Registration Information

Conference registration is $185. Registration includes materials, breakfast and lunch.

The deadline to register is Thursday, Feb. 17 at 5 pm. No refunds for cancellations after Feb. 17.
To cancel, call toll-free 877-705-4422.

Conference Agenda

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Serving the Needs of Students with Disabilities: Current Legal Trends
The pandemic has greatly complicated the provision of services to children with disabilities. This session will explore issues relating to Section 504 compliance in school and during extracurricular activities as well as meeting district special education obligations while working under pandemic safety protocols.
• Tess O’Brien-Heinzen and Matthew Bell, Boardman & Clark LLP

School Employee and Witness Subpoena Responsibilities
School employees are subject to subpoenas in various types of court litigation. When a school employee is subpoenaed, what should you do? Who should you contact and what questions should you ask? This session will provide guidance on whether school employees can testify and provide documents about a matter while remaining in compliance with state and federal laws protecting student privacy.
• Mary Gerbig and Jennifer Williams, Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC

9:30 am Break

9:40 am

Student Discipline: Top 10 Tips and Tricks
This session examines best practices in the investigation of student misconduct and administration of discipline based on statutory requirements and recent expulsion decisions, complaint decisions under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and discrimination complaint decisions.
• Alana Leffler, Sheila Thobani and Emily Turzinski, Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC

Investigating Employee Misconduct
The foundation supporting effective employee discipline is a comprehensive approach to the collection and preservation of evidence relating to employee misconduct. This session offers a systematic approach to the investigation process with a focus on the roles of the administration and board as well as due process requirements.
• Bob Butler, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

10:40 am Break

10:50 am

Drafting Effective Bullying Policies
Do you understand the difference between harassment and bullying? Is your bullying policy equipped to handle the challenges unique to the current generation of students? This session will explain the differences between harassment and bullying as well as provide guidance on the drafting of student bullying policies to avoid common problems that deter reporting, interfere with staff response to bullying and increase liability risk.
• Sarah Hanneman and Lindsey Minser, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Understanding the Teacher Nonrenewal Process
This presentation will review the basics of teacher nonrenewal, including statutory 118.22 requirements, due process constitutional protections, employment discrimination laws, individual contracts, employee handbooks and policies, public records and open meeting law considerations and more.
• Scott Mikesh, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

11:50 am Lunch

12:50 pm

Managing Student Nondiscrimination Complaints
Addressing allegations of discrimination has become an increasingly complicated task for school districts. Districts often have separate policies covering student discrimination, harassment, bullying and Title IX nondiscrimination. This session will examine recent developments in student nondiscrimination complaints, including the new Title IX regulations and new strategies by advocacy groups such as the ACLU. The presenters will also discuss how to evaluate and investigate complaints under a district’s relevant policies.
• Jenna Rousseau and Chad Wade, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, S.C.

New Developments in Wisconsin Public Records Law
The pandemic has presented records custodians with new and difficult questions under the public records laws, particularly regarding medical records. This session will provide an overview of the public records law and its application to common records requests related to the pandemic, personnel records and more.
• Ben Richter, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

1:50 pm Break

2:00 pm

School Board Member Relations and Ethics
Many school boards are experiencing contentious meetings with uncivil behavior from the public and some board members. School boards operate as a team. Conflict among between board members limits the board’s effectiveness and damages student achievement. This session will examine laws and policies governing school board member conduct, including the section 19.59 code of ethics for local government officials, board code of ethics policies, techniques for dealing with conflict, board member First Amendment rights and the disciplining of board members by the board.
• Dean Dietrich, Stephen Weld and Sven Strutz, Weld Riley, s.c.

3:00 pm Adjourn

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, 1305 Kalahari Dr., Wisconsin Dells

Room reservations: or 877-326-4489
Single/Double Rate: $116
Cut-off date for hotel rooms: Jan. 24, 2022

When making a reservation, identify yourself as a member of the WASB/WSAA School Law Conference group to get the special group rate.

Note: The Kalahari Resorts do NOT accept letters of authorization forms, tax exemption forms or purchase orders at the hotel check-in. These forms must be submitted NO LATER THAN 7 days in advance via email to or via fax to 608-254-6116. Failure to submit these forms ahead of time may result in the full room and tax charge on attendees personal credit cards.

Health Notice

The 2022 WASB/WSAA School Law Conference will follow any public health directives from the CDC, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the city of Wisconsin Dells, Sauk County or the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in place at the time of the conference. Additional measures may be added based on the best available data as the event draws nearer.

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