In March, federal prosecutors announced criminal charges in connection with the nation’s largest-ever college admissions prosecution.  The federal investigation, called “Operation Varsity Blues,” involved 200 agents and resulted in charges against 50 people in six states.  Those charged include wealthy parents, athletic directors, college coaches, and test administrators.  This investigation and resulting prosecution directly calls into question the integrity of the admission processes at competitive educational institutions, in addition to raising concern about fraudulent test…
Last week, I wrote about training T-shaped lawyers and about the challenges that law schools face in matching their traditional strengths to the emerging interests and needs of the legal services industry. I promised an example of those challenges: leadership education. For the first time in my experience in the law, and perhaps for the first time in their institutional history, US law schools have started to invest resources in training law students and new…
We all know by now that some modifications and accommodations are required to provide students with disabilities equal access to extracurricular activities. But the details can be tricky for even the most well-seasoned special education professionals. Our own John Swinney will be tackling this and other exciting student activities topics tomorrow, April 12, 2019, at the Illinois Directors of Student Activities State Convention in Rosemont. He hopes to see many familiar faces there! For those who want…
Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter. Written by attorney Thomas B. Mooney.Dear Legal Mailbag: A student at my school was recently suspended for his behavior. Some parents in the community have taken to social media to express their concerns with the incident and to speculate over the “rumored” consequences. However, one parent wrote on social media that the student is protected under IDEA and will not receive consequences. This comment has sparked…
Talk around “legaltech” and related legal innovation environments has focused recently on “T-shaped” lawyers. “T-shaped” lingo has even penetrated some parts of BigLaw. These conversations apply to law the “T-shaped” concept that has circulated in professional development circles for a bit longer, arguing that successful professionals increasingly need not only deep technical skills in the relevant discipline (the vertical bar) but also a solid suite of related general skills (the horizontal bar). What’s right, what’s…
Join us for our annual spring seminar for public sector clients and friends, when we will address issues facing school districts, municipalities and other government agencies. The program begins with a plenary session covering a timely topic, followed by a choice of two breakout sessions allowing for issue discussion in a small setting. When: May 17, 2019 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT Where: Hartford Marriott Downtown 200 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT >> Get Directions
Join Shipman & Goodwin labor and employment attorneys Peter Murphy and Greg Jones for this complimentary CLE webinar reviewing effective legal strategies for dealing with difficult employees and the importance of a meaningful approach with regard to employee discipline. Presenters will discuss real life scenarios to aid legal counsel, human resource professionals and supervisory personnel in properly identifying employee misbehavior, including bullying, insubordination, interpersonal issues and other disruptive behaviors. Attorney Jones, a prior law enforcement…
The members of the Nutmeg Board of Education want to do what they can to improve student achievement in Nutmeg, which has been lagging in comparison to neighboring towns. The problem has been that there is no money for new programs or for hiring additional staff members. But after a “workshop” last week, the Board members came up with a way for the Board to encourage students to study harder and improve their performance at…
Register today and join us for the live event in Hartford or by live-streaming video webinar.* According to Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families, between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation, and thousands of children are forced into domestic sex slavery each year, with an average entry age of only 13 years old. In Connecticut alone, DCF has received over 1,000 referrals of child trafficking since January 2008.…
In 2017, the Supreme Court issued an opinion, Fry v. Napoleon, stating that unless parents/guardians seek relief that is also available under the IDEA, they need not exhaust IDEA procedures by filing a complaint for a due process hearing before filing a lawsuit under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the Michigan federal trial court so that…