9:00 – 11:00 am

11:00 – 12:00 am
Risk Trends in Independent Schools
Debra P. Wilson, General Counsel, NAIS

12:00 – 1:00 pm 
Lunch with Topic Discussions

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Session Set 1: 21st Century Issues
(choose one)

1A • Understanding and Managing Issues in School
Technology, Data, and Privacy
Sarah Hanawald, Executive Director, ATLIS
Whitney Silverman, Staff Attorney, NAIS

1B • Local and National Legal and Risk Management Trends to Follow or Avoid
Donna Williamson, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

1C • Practical Strategies for Managing Risks with Students and Technology
Sara Goldsmith Schwartz, President, Schwartz Hannum PC

2:15 – 3:15 pm 
Session Set 2: Crisis or Politics
(choose one)

2A • Crisis: Beyond Official Response and Reporting
David Wolowitz
Director & Co-chair of Education Law Group,
McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton PA

2B • All Hashtagged Up; Know Where to Go?
Heather J. Broadwater, Partner, Potomac Law Group, PLLC

2C • Community Activism
Jane Hulbert, Consultant, The Jane Group
James Hulbert, Partner, The Jane Group

3:30 – 5:00 pm 
Panel Discussion: Student on Student Sexual Assault
Jessica Herbster, General Counsel, Phillips Academy Andover
Scott Schneider, Partner, Husch Blackwell
Debra P. Wilson, General Counsel, NAIS

5:00 – 6:30 pm   

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19                                          

7:00 – 7:45 am   

7:45 – 8:00 am
Intro for the Day
Debra P. Wilson, General Counsel, NAIS

8:00 – 9:00 am
Session Set 3: Politics
(choose one)

3A • Towns, Gowns and Taxes
Matthew C. Irish, Senior Vice President, O’Neill and Associates
Andrew Paven, Senior Vice President, O’Neill and Associates

3B • Trends in the Trump Administration
Debra P. Wilson, General Counsel, NAIS

3C • Student Activism
Onik’a Gilliam, Of Counsel, Helsell Fetterman

9:15 – 10:15 am
Session Set 4: Managing People
(choose one)

4A • Managing Staff: Top Five Employment Claims Brought
Against Independent Schools
Suzanne Bogdan, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

4B • Managing Students: A Day in the Life of a Dean
Julie C. Fay, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

4C • How to Manage Today’s Parent
Candice Pinares-Baez, Attorney, Fisher & Phillips LLP

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Facilitated Tabletop Discussions

(choose 3 of 8)

12:00 – 1:00 pm   

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Session Set 5: The Unexpected
(choose one)

5A • How to Prepare for Active Shooters & Other Life Threatening
Emergencies on Campus
Chris Joffee, Chief Executive Officer, Joffee Emergency Services

5B • Disaster Preparedness/Business Continuity
Karen Kalzer, Partner, Helsell Fetterman
Brian King, Assistant Vice President, AHT Insurance 

5C • Sexual Assault Crisis On Campus
Scott Schneider, Partner, Husch Blackwell

2:15 – 3:15 pm
Sessions Set 6: Risk Management & Prevention
(choose one)

6A • Proactive Legal Strategies that Hardwire Safe Teaching and
Learning Environments

Caryn G. Pass, Partner & Chair Education Practice, Venable, LLP

6B • Preventing Rape Culture
Linda Johnson, Esquire, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association

6C • Trends: Navigating Health, Safety and Security Abroad
Bill Frederick, Founder and Director, Lodestone Safety International

3:15 – 3:30 pm   
Closing Comments

Note: schedule is subject to change.