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
  • February 6, 2020
    Four Points by Sheraton, Melville
    Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide

    Jack Feldman and Timothy Mahoney will be presenting a seminar on IEPs, 504 plans, Manifestation Determinations Reviews and more on behalf of National Business Institute. Jack will discuss developing legally compliant IEP’s that benefit students, 504 plan eligibility and accommodation best practices. Timothy will discuss bullying and harassment and ensuring special needs students receive free and appropriate public education (FAPE), along with Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs). For additional information, please visit www.nbi-sems.com..


  • RECENT EVENTS
  • October 25, 2019
    Rochester Riverside Convention Center
    123 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604

    Christie Jacobson, Esq., will present at the New York State School Boards Association Annual School Law Conference held on October 24-26, 2019. Ms. Jacobson will present on the topic of “Free Speech in the Era of Social Media.” The audience for this presentation will be school board members, school administrators and school attorneys from throughout the State of New York. For additional information visit WWW.NYSSBA.ORG.

  • October 4, 2019
    IEPs and 504 Plan Legal Workshop

    On October 4, 2019, Jack Feldman and Timothy Mahoney 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 key considerations for implementing IEPs, functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs). For additional information, please visit www.nbi-sems.com.

  • August 19, 2019
    Live Teleconference 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq., presented a Live Teleconference Seminar on “Sexual Harassment in Schools: Interpreting the Latest Legal Guidelines”. The program covered the latest school sexual harassment guidelines you need to know. How to determine critical Title IX protections for victims of sexual harassment; how to properly respond to and document allegations using the latest federal guidance; and how to handle delicate sexual violence allegations the right way. For more information please visit www.nbi-sems.com.

  • June 3, 2019
    Four Points by Sheraton Melville Long Island
    333 S Service Road
    Plainview, NY 11803

    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq. and Timothy M. Mahoney, Esq., presented a seminar on “New York Special Education Law”. The program covered compliance with Special Education Laws to avoid liability; Strengthen knowledge of how recent special education legislation affects school policies and operation; Learning what to do and what not to do in 504 plans; Evaluating the legal protection offered by the Individualized Education Program (IEP); How to successfully handle disciplinary actions for students with disabilities; Exploring the role of manifestation determination reviewing the legality of disciplinary actions; and Understanding the rights of special needs students so as to avoid inadvertent illegal actions that may lead to a lawsuit. For further information please visit www.nbi-sems.com.

  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    Hofstra University
    Hempstead, New York

    We are proud to announce that our partner Christie R. Jacobson was honored as one of Hofstra University’s Outstanding Women in Law at an awards dinner reception held on Monday April 22,2019. This recognition celebrates women who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community. For more information please visit www.law.hofstra.edu/owl.

  • Friday, December 7, 2018

    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq., presented a seminar on “Special Education”.
    Christie Jacobson, Esq., presented a seminar on “The Non-Resident "Resident" Student”.
    Joseph Lilly, Esq., presented a seminar on “Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace”.
    Laura Dilimetin, Esq., presented a seminar on “School Safety”.
    For additional information visit www.nassaubar.org..



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