2021 Summer Law, Leadership, and Ethics Conference

Thursday, August 05 2021 8:30 AM - Friday, August 06 2021 12:00 PM [MDT]

222 South 22nd Street, Laramie, WY, 82070, United States

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Thursday, August 05 2021 8:30 AM - Friday, August 06 2021 12:00 PM [MDT]

UW Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, 222 South 22nd Street, Laramie, WY, 82070, United States.

This conference is designed to build upon the traditions of the past and provide school board members, superintendents, principals, and other school leaders with an opportunity to learn together about the legal environment within which our schools operate. In addition to a mock trial, conference sessions will cover current issues in education policy and foundations for effective educational leadership. Scroll down for more information about this event.

Agenda and conference materials can be found HERE. Check back often for updated materials.

COST: $200 (participants will be billed after the event)

Ten (10) points toward the Certified Board Member Program will be awarded to board members who attend the Conference. PTSB and CLE credits may also be available.

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Wyoming School Boards Association

Sponsored by UW College of Education, Wyoming School Boards Association, and UW Trustees Education Initiative. Supporting sponsorships provided by UW College of Law, PFM, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, Wyoming Association of School Administrators, and Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals.

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Sonja Trainor (Keynote)
Managing Director, Legal Advocacy
National School Boards Association

Sonja H. Trainor is the Managing Director of Legal Advocacy at the National School Boards Association. Ms. Trainor coordinates NSBA’s amicus program, which advocates for public education in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals and state supreme courts. As a member of the NSBA legal team, Ms. Trainor represents the school board and school board attorney perspective on relevant legal issues in federal and national forums. A former school attorney and member of NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys, Ms. Trainor supports the work of the Council’s Board of Directors and its committees and working groups. She earned her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she served as a research assistant for the Department of Education Organization and Leadership. She received her bachelor’s in Educational Studies and English Literature, cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Trainor lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and children, all of whom attended K-12 public schools.

https://www.nsba.org/

About Sonja Trainor (Keynote)

Managing Director, Legal Advocacy
National School Boards Association
Dr. Troy Hutchings (Keynote)
Senior Policy Advisor
NASDTEC

Dr. Troy Hutchings is the Senior Policy Officer with the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). He researches, writes, and speaks in the areas of professional ethics, educator misconduct, and frameworks for an ethical and legal teaching practice. He presents to various state and national policy and practitioner groups across the United States and Canada. Hutchings also provides expert witness testimony in judicial hearings; collaborates on policy initiatives with state, federal and provincial agencies; and has been the subject matter expert on a variety of national projects dealing with educator ethics including the Model Code of Ethics for Educators and the National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics.

https://www.nasdtec.net/

About Dr. Troy Hutchings (Keynote)

Senior Policy Advisor
NASDTEC
Dr. Chase Thiel
Professor, Business Ethics
University of Wyoming

Dr. Chase Thiel is the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program Professor of Business Ethics and an Associate Professor in the Management & Marketing Department at the University of Wyoming. His expertise is in the areas of human resource management and business ethics. Dr. Thiel earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (with a minor in Quantitative Psychology) from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.S. in Psychology from Idaho State University. In addition, Dr. Thiel is a Senior Certified Professional by the Society of Human Resource Management.

http://www.uwyo.edu/mgtmkt/faculty-staff/faculty-pages/thiel.html

About Dr. Chase Thiel

Professor, Business Ethics
University of Wyoming
Dr. Oliver Dreon
Professor, Educational Foundations
Millersville University

Dr. Oliver Dreon is a professor of Educational Foundations at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. At Millersville, Ollie teaches a wide variety of education and instructional technology courses both in face-to-face and online formats. He is the co-author of Authentic Instruction with Technology: A Student-Centered Approach and the co-author of The Power of Blended Learning in the Sciences. Besides his work in instructional technology, Ollie has co-edited the book Teacher Education for Ethical Professional Practices in the 21st Century and co-authored the Educator Ethics and Conduct Toolkit, which is available through the PA Department of Education. Ollie has spent almost 30 years teaching in various educational environments and provides regular professional development and consultation on online and blended learning. His work examines how technology can be used to support student development through physical, online, and hybrid learning spaces.

https://www.millersville.edu/edfoundations/faculty/ollie-dreon.php

About Dr. Oliver Dreon

Professor, Educational Foundations
Millersville University
Dr. Jason McConnell
Assistant Professor, Political Science
University of Wyoming

Dr. Jason McConnell is a true University of Wyoming legacy. He followed in the footsteps of his parents – the other two Drs. McConnell – to attend UW where he earned both B.S. and M.A. degrees in Political Science. After working in the private sector for some time, he returned to U.W.’s College of Law, where he also earned a Juris Doctorate, completing a U.W. academic trifecta! Eventually returning to academia, after another stint in the private sector, Jason earned his Ph.D. from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. His research interests are the product of his diverse and eclectic education: free speech, campaign advertising, and courts as political entities.

http://www.uwyo.edu/sppais/school-directory/faculty/mcconnell.html

About Dr. Jason McConnell

Assistant Professor, Political Science
University of Wyoming
Tracy Copenhaver
Attorney
Copenhaver, Kath, Kitchen & Kolpitcke, LLC

Tracy Copenhaver is the senior partner in Copenhaver, Kath, Kitchen & Kolpitcke, LLC. He graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1982. Tracy is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Wyoming, as well as the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Current areas of practice include: insurance defense work for all liability claims, as well as public entity representation. Tracy does a considerable amount of work in education law and defense of public employers and employees.

http://www.ckattorneys.net/

About Tracy Copenhaver

Attorney
Copenhaver, Kath, Kitchen & Kolpitcke, LLC
Scott Kolpitcke
Attorney
Copenhaver, Kath, Kitchen & Kolpitcke, LLC

After graduating from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1996, Scott passed the bar exams in Wyoming and Colorado and began working for a small law firm in Laramie, WY. Scott joined Copenhaver, Kath, Kitchen & Kolpitcke, LLC in 1998 and represents school districts, cities, towns, hospitals, and other local governmental agencies in Wyoming. Scott regularly gives presentations to school boards, city councils, and other groups on issues such as employment law, school law, public records, open meetings, government ethics and other issues.

http://www.ckattorneys.net/

About Scott Kolpitcke

Attorney
Copenhaver, Kath, Kitchen & Kolpitcke, LLC
David Evans
Attorney
Hickey & Evans, LLP

David Evans has developed a community-based, statewide, general practice of law over the years. His areas of emphasis at this time are Business and Commercial Law, Labor Law, and Education Law. David is a member of both Wyoming and Colorado State Bar Associations. He is a past member of the American Judicature Society Board of Directors, the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council, the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities, and currently Chairman of the Wyoming Water Development Commission. He has served the Wyoming State Bar in several capacities, including as Chairman of the Wyoming Bench Bar Relations Committee, and a member of the Wyoming State Board of Continuing Legal Education. He is a past president of the Ewing T. Kerr Inn of Court. He also served as a Trustee in the United States Bankruptcy Court.

https://www.hickeyevans.com/attorneys/david-evans/

About David Evans

Attorney
Hickey & Evans, LLP
Dr. Richard Schroeder
Associate Partner
International Center for Leadership in Education

Dr. Richard Schroeder is an experienced Academic with a demonstrated history of working in the Publishing industry. Skilled in Educational Technology, Behavior Management, Professional Learning Communities, Business Development, and Adult Education. Strong research professional with a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) focused in Organization, Change, and Leadership from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

https://leadered.com/

About Dr. Richard Schroeder

Associate Partner
International Center for Leadership in Education

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About Wyoming School Boards Association (WSBA)

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About UW Trustees Education Initiative

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About UW College of Law

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About PFM

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About Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association

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About Wyoming Association of School Administrators (WASA)

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About Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals (WASSP)

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08:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

08:00 AM - 08:30 AMUW Gateway Center
08:30 AM

Opening & Welcome

08:30 AM - 09:00 AMUW Gateway Center
09:00 AM

KEYNOTE: National School Law Update: Free Speech and More in the “New” Supreme Court

09:00 AM - 10:30 AMUW Gateway Center
  • Sonja Trainor (Keynote)

    Managing Director, Legal Advocacy

10:30 AM

BREAK

10:30 AM - 10:45 AMUW Gateway Center
10:45 AM

KEYNOTE: Professional Ethics for Educators: Informing a Standard-of-Care for the Profession

10:45 AM - 12:00 PMUW Gateway Center
  • Dr. Troy Hutchings (Keynote)

    Senior Policy Advisor

12:00 PM

LUNCH

12:00 PM - 01:00 PMUW Gateway Center

Sponsors

01:00 PM
Track I

Preparing Students to Make Ethical Decisions in the Behavioral Ethics Era

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMUW Gateway Center
  • Dr. Chase Thiel

    Professor, Business Ethics

Track II

First Amendment At School: Limits On Student and Staff Speech On Campus

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMUW Gateway Center
  • Tracy Copenhaver

    Attorney

Track III

Academic Return on Investment as a Framework for Improvement and Equity

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMUW Gateway Center
  • Dr. Richard Schroeder

    Associate Partner

02:00 PM
Track I

What YouTube Can Teach Us About Educator Ethics

02:00 PM - 03:00 PMUW Gateway Center
  • Dr. Oliver Dreon

    Professor, Educational Foundations

Track II

Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaints: What We Have Learned A Year Later

02:00 PM - 03:00 PMUW Gateway Center
  • Scott Kolpitcke

    Attorney

Track III

First Amendment At School: Limits On Student and Staff Speech On Campus

02:00 PM - 03:00 PMUW Gateway Center
  • Tracy Copenhaver

    Attorney

03:00 PM
Track I

Can or Should: School Responses to Unsavory Student Speech

03:00 PM - 04:00 PMUW Gateway Center
  • Dr. Jason McConnell

    Assistant Professor, Political Science

Track II

The Human Connection: How to Manage Staff and Student Relationships

03:00 PM - 04:00 PMUW Gateway Center
  • David Evans

    Attorney

Track III

Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaints: What We Have Learned A Year Later

03:00 PM - 04:00 PMUW Gateway Center
  • Scott Kolpitcke

    Attorney

04:00 PM

Social Hour

04:00 PM - 05:00 PMUW Gateway Center

Sponsors

07:00 AM

Breakfast on your own

07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
08:30 AM

Mock Trial

08:30 AM - 12:00 PMUW College of Law - Moot Court

Sponsors

12:00 PM

Conference Adjourns

12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
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