Christie R. Jacobson   PARTNER

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 and became a Partner in 2018. Christie handles administrative litigation, including appeals to the Commissioner of Education on matters including residency, 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.
Christie is regularly called upon to speak on legal issues for various organizations, including the New York State School Boards Association (“NYSSBA”), Nassau and Suffolk Bar Associations, Long Island Association of School Personnel Administrators (“LIASPA”) and the Suffolk Association of School Business Officials. On June 4, 2017, Christie spoke at the annual School Attorney Law Conference presented by the New York State Association of School Attorneys (“NYSASA”) in conjunction with NYSSBA. She will present again at the 2018 School Attorney Law Conference. She has served as an educational presenter at the 2013, 2014 and 2017 NYSSBA Annual Conventions, and will present again in October of 2018. She also presented “The Contours of Student Free Speech Rights” at NYSSBA’s 2018 Policy Workshop on March 27, 2018.
In May of 2015, Christie was re-elected for a three-year term to the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association (“NCBA”), which is the largest suburban bar association in the United States. She is Chair of the NCBA Women in the Law Committee. 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 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 was also featured in New York Magazine’s “New York Women Leaders in the Law” in 2016 and 2018.



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  • UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Friday, October 28, 2022
    1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    2022 New York State School Boards Association Convention
    Cayuga Court, Lobby Level, Marriott


    Jack Feldman will be speaking at the New York State School Boards Association Convention in Syracuse, NY. The topic will be Special Education: The Basics and More and will cover Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the implementation of IDEA and Section 504; continuation of special education services through age 23 and more. Please visit https://convention.nyssba.org for more information.




  • RECENT EVENTS
  • Friday, April 8, 2022
    10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    2022 Annual School Law Conference
    Sponsored by the Education Law Committees of Suffolk and Nassau County Bar Associations
    As well as the Suffolk & Nassau Academies of Law


    Speakers:
    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq., Frazer & Feldman, LLP
    Christie Jacobson, Esq., Frazer & Feldman, LLP
    Joseph Lilly, Esq., Frazer & Feldman, LLP
    Dennis O’Brien, Esq., Frazer & Feldman, LLP

    Topics will include: “Deal or No Deal” - Disciplinary Proceedings in Cyberspace; Special Education “Jeopardy!” – Navigating the Perils of Spe-cial Education Ethics One Question at Time; and “Let’s Make a Deal” – Negotiating in the Post Pandemic.



  • March 30, 2022
    Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) Training Seminar


    Christie R. Jacobson held a client training seminar on the New York State Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) for all school board members, Superintendents of Schools, interested school administrators, Records Access Officers, FOIL Appeals Officers, and district clerks. For more information, please go to the Client Memoranda tab of our website for a recording of the seminar.



  • February 11, 2022
    On-Line Seminar
    9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop


    Jack Feldman will be presenting a seminar on the IEP Development Process: Handling Difficult Issues and Key Considerations for Implementing IEPs. The seminar will address IDEA evaluation report essentials; IEP Meetings; creating measurable IEP goals and progress requirements; who should receive a copy of IEPs and what form should it be; and what to do when IEPs aren’t working. For additional information, please visit www.nbi-sems.com.



  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022
    Webinar: Social Media Ethics for School Attorneys
    When lawyers use social media, what ethical rules apply? And how?

    Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
    Price: $110 per person


    Christie R. Jacobson will co-present a seminar on the topic of school attorneys and their law firms are using social media platforms such as LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter to connect with both current and prospective clients. However, as with all other forms of attorney advertising, they must remain mindful of potentially serious ethical implications. For example, Rule 7.1 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct governs attorney and law firm advertisements, including content published on the Internet and via social media. This webinar will review the rules governing social media ethics and their application to attorneys who practice education law. For more information and to register, please visit https://www.nysasa.org.



  • December 9, 2021
    On-Line Seminar
    9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    New York Special Education Law


    Jack Feldman will be presenting a seminar on Special Education Law in New York. The seminar will address the increasing number of students qualifying for special education services. Professionals working with special needs children know that an understanding of special education law is crucial. You need to know the law in order to deal with complex questions that arise on a regular basis. Who pays when a special needs child is placed in private schooling at the parents' election? How can a school create the least restrictive environment and promote inclusion to the best interests of all students? It can be costly if you don't know. For additional information, please visit www.nbi-sems.com.





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