|Christie R. Jacobson||ASSOCIATE|
CHRISTIE R. JACOBSON
received her Juris Doctor Degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 2006 and B.A. (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from the Hofstra University Honors College in 2003, where she majored in English & American Literature. She is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York and Federal Eastern District Courts of New York. During law school, she studied under the "Commissioner Monica Gollub Memorial Endowed Distinguished Academic Scholarship in Law," and interned with the New York State Attorney General's Office as well as the Hofstra University Office of Legal Affairs. She served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Joanna Seybert of the Eastern District of New York, and the Honorable Peter B. Skelos of the Appellate Division, Second Department. Christie became associated with the firm in 2006. Christie has handled numerous appeals to the Commissioner of Education on matters including residency, homelessness, student discipline, transportation and interpretation of the Education Law. She also trains and advises clients regarding various legal mandates. In addition, Christie routinely issues legal updates to advise our clients about new laws, regulations, court cases and administrative decisions that affect school districts. In May of 2015, Christie was re-elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association ("NCBA"), which is the largest suburban bar association in the United States. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and Education Law Committee of NCBA. She served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of the NCBA Education Law Committee for several years. Christie's article, "Solutions to Five Common Problems Involving Unpaid Leaves of Absence," was featured in the June 2014 edition of On Board, the statewide newspaper published by the New York State School Boards Association ("NYSSBA"). She published several other articles in the Nassau Lawyer, including: "Who is an ‘Applicable Large Employer' Under the Affordable Care Act?" (Jan. 2014); "Speech in the Digital Age: What Every Parent and Public School Official Should Know" (Sept. 2010); "Workers' Compensation: Controlling Costs and Employer Obligations" (Jan. 2010); and "Family Law May Clarify Education Law When Enrolling a Child in Public School" (Feb. 2009). Christie is regularly called upon to speak on legal issues for various organizations, including NYSSBA, Nassau and Suffolk Bar Associations, Long Island Association of School Personnel Administrators ("LIASPA"), the Long Island Attendance Professionals & Teachers Association ("LIAPTA"), Suffolk Association of School Business Officials and several school district clients. She served as an educational presenter at both the 2013 and 2014 NYSSBA Annual Conventions. Christie has also been featured this year in New York Magazine as "New York Women Leaders in the Law" 2016.
April 25, 2017
On April 25, 2017, Timothy Mahoney will be presenting at LRP’s 38th National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities. There he will present “Addressing Bullying in the IEP,” reviewing the effects of the 2d Circuit’s 2016 landmark decision of T.K. v. New York City Department of Education and Judge Weinstein’s four-prong test to determine when bullying constitutes a denial of FAPE, offering insights into IEP-based responses to bullying — both for the victim and assailant, and addressing schoolwide and districtwide prevention strategies available to school districts to address bullying. For additional information please visit http://www.lrpinstitute.com/.
March 23, 2017
On March 23, 2017 at 12:30pm, Joseph Lilly and Timothy Mahoney will be presenting “DASA, FAPE, and TK: the Acronyms of Bullying” to a joint meeting of the Civil Rights and Education Law Committees at the Nassau County Bar Association. There, they will review the requirements of the Dignity for All Students Act, the effects of the 2d Circuit’s 2016 landmark decision of T.K. v. New York City Department of Education, and discuss best practices school districts may adopt to address bullying and harassment in the school environment for all children, classified and non-classified alike.
December 6-7, 2016
On December 7, 2016, Jack Feldman presented a program on 504 plans on behalf of National Business Institute. 504 plans, like IEPs, are essential tools to ensure positive learning outcomes for many students. They also have the potential to cause legal issues for schools if they aren't properly planned and carried out. The seminar addressed creating legally compliant 504 plans, addressed tricky eligibility questions, and provided guidance to avoid common pitfalls under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. www.nbi-sems.com.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Jack Feldman will conduct a full-day seminar on "Developing a Bulletproof IEP." The program will cover IDEA and its regulations, as well as the New York State Regulations. It is important for those working in special education to keep up to date with procedures for conducting a CSE meeting and developing a defensible, bulletproof IEP. This seminar aims to provide a comprehensive, one-day approach to the impact of IDEA on New York Special Education Law, for those working within the education system. Administrators, board members, regular and special educators, related service providers, counselors, psychologists, and social workers will find this seminar invaluable and are encouraged to attend. The seminar is sponsored by PESI. The seminar will also cover discipline for students with disabilities, including a discussion about the standards to be applied in manifestation determinations and when and why FBAs should be conducted and BIPs developed and reviewed. The seminar will also cover initial referrals, evaluations, medical diagnoses, classification and more. For additional information visit www.PESI.com.
October 28, 2016
Florence Frazer and Jack Feldman will be presenting at the New York State School Board Association's upcoming Annual Convention. On October 28, 2016, Florence will participate in a clinic on "Educator Discipline - How are the New Rules Working?" New Rules that went into effect last year have been changing the way in which school boards approach the discipline of tenured teachers and administrators, and how hearing officers are conducting section 3020-a disciplinary proceedings. Hear from seasoned attorneys about some of the lessons learned this past year. Find out about the legal and practical issues school boards need to be mindful of moving forward. On October 29, 2016, Jack will participate in a clinic on "Special Education - What is New?" There, find out how recent developments are changing school district responsibilities for the education of students with disabilities. What are the current and emerging challenges facing districts in this area of law? Hear the issues school boards and their administrators need to know about to appropriately serve their disabled students. For more information, visit NYSSBA.
June 14, 2016
On June 14, 2016, Jack Feldman, Laura Ferrugiari and Timothy Mahoney presented a full day program on the discipline of students with disabilities who have behavioral issues. The seminar included an overview of the applicable laws regarding IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and jurisdiction of the federal government vs. state government. Discussions regarding FBAs and BIPs; when and why FBAs should be conducted; BIPs and their relation to IEPs, 504 Behavior Management Plans and Section 504. Although no educator enjoys it, disciplining students is a common part of any school day and can create complicated legal dilemmas. Moreover, disciplining students whose misbehavior is a manifestation of their disabilities is also all too common, giving rise to a series of legal issues. These situations require copious and accurate documentation, and this documentation has to be legally sound. This program is designed for teachers, principals and vice principals, counselors, psychologists social workers, school nurses, special education providers, school administrators, attorneys and paralegals. For more information visit www.nbi-sems.com.
We are pleased to announce that an article written by Laura Ferrugiari and Tim Mahoney has been featured in the Nassau County Bar Association's monthly newspaper, The Nassau Lawyer. The article, entitled "Permissible Drug Use: The Administration of Medication in the School Setting," reviews the administration of medication in emergency circumstances in school, and advises districts about who is authorized to administer emergency medication and under what circumstances.