ICSA Seminar

Illinois Council of School Attorneys’ 33rd Annual Seminar on School Law

Friday, November 22, 2019
Documents posted on this page are for use by registrants of the ICSA Seminar only.
Join us Friday, November 22 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (Crystal B & C Ballrooms) for the ICSA Seminar on School Law. Our goal is a near-paperless Seminar. Presenter materials will be uploaded to this site as they are submitted. Only PowerPoint slides will be available in print form the day of the Seminar. Please click on the links below each session to download a PDF version of the document.  Materials will be available for download from this site through January 31, 2020.
WiFi/Internet access will be available in the Seminar room.
The Seminar has been approved for 5.50 hours of CLE credit including 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance Abuse MCLE Credit.

Contact Bridget Trojan ( at 630/629-3776, ext. 1236 or Ummehani Faizullabhoy ( ext. 1227, with any questions.


ICSA Seminar Agenda

NCOSA Illinois Membership Report

Session 1         Legislative Update

Learn about the beginning of the 101st General Assembly and leave with  knowledge of where to find resources to help your clients implement new laws and of what is coming next.

Maryam T. Brotine; Assistant General Counsel Illinois Association of School Boards, Lombard
Brian D. Schwartz; Deputy Director & General Counsel, Illinois Principals Association, Springfield
Chad Watkins; Associate Director and General Counsel for the Illinois Association of School Administrators, Springfield

Session 2         Thoughts about Illinois Cannabis Legalization: Employment, Education, Equity, and Expungement

Illinois is the first state to legalize marijuana sales through the legislative process (as opposed to voters) and the 11th to allow recreational use. What does this mean for school law practitioners?

Brandon K. Wright; Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd., Monticello

Session 3         Labor & Employment Lightning Round

Listen to and interact with your colleagues and leave with practice tips and take-aways in the following areas:

Creative Ways to Compensate Employees

  • Lisa R. Callaway; Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC, Oak Brook

Diffusing Toxic Union/Management Relationships

  • Shelli L. Anderson; Franczek P.C., Chicago

State Anti-Sexual Harassment Law Enhancements

  • D. Shane Jones; Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C., Edwardsville

Workplace Violence Issues

Frank B. Garrett, III; Robbins Schwartz, Chicago

Administrator Severance Agreements

Raymond A. Hauser; Hauser, Izzo, Petrarca, Gleason & Stillman, LLC, Flossmoor

(Materials will be uploaded when provided by the presenters).

Session 4         School Board Funding/Finance and Governance Issues

You will leave with an understanding of some of the key school finance/funding issues facing your clients, tips for representing your clients when board members behave badly, and other board governance issues you want to ask about.

Dana Fattore Crumley; Franczek P.C., Chicago
Ralph Martire; Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA); former Board Member, Oak Park-River Forest HSD 200

Mental Health and Substance Abuse MCLE Credit

Session 5         Attorney Mental Health and Substance Abuse: Case Law and Trends

The Path To Lawyer Well-Being: Professional Responsibility at the Intersection of Emotional & Ethical Intelligence

Attorneys are finding themselves in prospective disciplinary "trouble" due to mental health and substance abuse issues. Leave with knowledge about the tools the Illinois Supreme Court has provided to attorneys to assist and address those issues.

Melissa Smart; Litigation Manager & Senior Counsel, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) of the Supreme Court of Illinois

Session 6         Special Education Update

Leave knowing what’s new in special education law.

Caroline A. Roselli; Robbins Schwartz, Chicago