Schedule

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

9:00 – 11:00 am
Registration

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

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 (bio)
Whitney Silverman, Staff Attorney, NAIS (bio)

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

1C • Practical Strategies for Managing Risks with Students and Technology
William E. Hannum III, Managing Partner, Schwartz Hannum PC (bio)

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

2A • Strategies for Handling Threatening and Disturbing Behavior
Dr. Marisa Randazzo, Principal and Co-Founder, SIGMA Threat Management Associates (bio)
David Wolowitz, Director & Co-chair of Education Law Group, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton PA (bio)

2C • Community Activism
Patrick Coyle, Director of Marketing & Communications, Georgetown Preparatory School (bio)
James Hulbert, Partner, The Jane Group (bio)

3:30 – 5:00 pm 

Panel Discussion: Student on Student Sexual Assault
Jessica Herbster, General Counsel, Phillips Academy Andover (bio)
Scott Schneider, Partner, Husch Blackwell (bio)
Debra P. Wilson, General Counsel, NAIS (bio)

David Wolowitz, Director & Co-chair of Education Law Group,
McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton PA (bio)

5:00 – 6:30 pm   
Reception


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19                                          

7:00 – 7:45 am   
Breakfast

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

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 (bio)
Andrew Paven, Senior Vice President, O’Neill and Associates (bio)

3B • Trends in the Trump Administration
Whitney Silverman, Staff Attorney, NAIS (bio)
Debra P. Wilson, General Counsel, NAIS (bio)

3C • Student Activism
Onik’a Gilliam, Of Counsel, Helsell Fetterman (bio)
Karen Kalzer, Partner, Helsell Fetterman (bio)

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 (bio)

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

4C • Sexual Assault Crisis On Campus
Scott Schneider, Partner, Husch Blackwell (bio)

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

(choose 3 of 8)

12:00 – 1:00 pm   
Lunch

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 Joffe, Chief Executive Officer, Joffe Emergency Services (bio)

5B • Disaster Preparedness/Business Continuity
Karen Kalzer, Partner, Helsell Fetterman (bio)
Derek Symer, Principal, AHT Insurance (bio)

5C • How to Manage Today’s Parent
Suzanne Bogdan, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP (bio)

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 (bio)

6B • Preventing Rape Culture
Linda Johnson, Esquire, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Assoc. (bio)

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

3:15 – 3:30 pm   
Closing Comments
Pete Upham, Executive Director, TABS
Debra P. Wilson, General Counsel, NAIS

Note: schedule is subject to change.