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FLORENCE T. FRAZER
received her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law and her B.A. (cum laude) from Hofstra University. Ms. Frazer is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York, the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Northern, Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York. Following graduation from law school, she was appointed Assistant Counsel, and later Assistant Director, to the Governor's Office of Employee Relations where her responsibilities included serving as chief negotiator for the Governor in collective bargaining with the statewide CSEA-Administrative Services Unit (comprised of approximately 39,000 clerical employees statewide in 36 state agencies), administering collective bargaining agreements; handling grievance and arbitration matters for bargaining units as diverse as the New York State Police and the United University Professions. Since entering private practice, she has continued to concentrate her practice in the areas of public sector labor law and education law, including staff and student disciplinary matters and handling the full range of labor matters on behalf of clients, including collective bargaining, mediation and fact finding; grievance and arbitration matters; improper practice charges, management/confidential petitions and representation matters before the Public Employment Relations Board. She has also represented clients in New York State and federal courts, administrative hearings before the Nassau County Civil Service Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, Department of Labor, and the Workers' Compensation Board. She is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association Labor Law Section, the former Chairperson of the Education Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and a Past President of the New York State Association of School Attorneys. She has been recognized annually by Pulse magazine as one of Long Island's "Top Legal Eagles" in the field of Education Law for the period of 2010-2016 and as a "Legal Leader - New York Area's Top Rated Lawyers" of 2013-2016 in the fields of education and labor law. She has also been featured this year in New York Magazine as "New York Women Leaders in the Law" 2016.
April 23, 2017
On April 23, 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.
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.