Past Events

Creating Effective Section 504 Plans: It's Not as Easy as You Think!
Friday, November 6, 2015
8:30AM - 1PM
Plainview Holiday Inn, Plainview, NY
Jack Feldman conducted a seminar regarding Section 504. The statute and regulations provide much less guidance than IDEA, leading to confusion among practitioners. Due to lack of clarity, mistakes are made, exposing school districts to significant liability and potentially harming children. This workshop provided practical, easy-to-apply guidance that addresses: The different test for determining discipline for students with 504 plans. When and how to conduct reviews of 504 plans (annual reviews of 504 plans are not required). How to respond when provided with a doctor's note declaring a student eligible for a 504 plan. Medical diagnosis is not required for 504 plan eligibility, and a medical diagnosis in and of itself does not make a student eligible for a 504 plan. The due process rights that parents are entitled to under 504 v. IDEA. The nuts and bolts of Section 504 litigation. Best practices for reducing potential liability. Lessons learned from Section 504 case law. Practical application of knowledge through video case studies and small group discussion. This seminar is sponsored by Legal One NY. For more information, please visit www.legaloneny.org.

Special Education in New York
Friday, October 23, 2015
RESIDENCE INN PLAINVIEW, 9 GERHARD ROAD, PLAINVIEW, NY 11803
Jack Feldman conducted a full-day seminar on "Special Education in New York." The program covered the significant changes brought about by the Reauthorized 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 regarding the changes. 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. Recent updates were covered! 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. For more information visit www.PESI.com.

Special Education Law from A to Z: Developing and Implementing Defensible IEPs
June 23, 2015
Four Points by Sheraton Plainview, 333 S. Service Road, Plainview, New York 11803
Jack Feldman conducted a seminar entitled "Developing and Implementing Defensible IEPs". The program covered team meetings; components of a legally defensible IEP; implementing IEPs; and amending IEPs. The seminar is sponsored by the National Business Institute. For more information visit www.nbi-sems.com.

DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS WITH BEHAVIORAL ISSUES
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.

Permissible Drug Use: The Administration of Medication in the School Setting
April 2016
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.
Permissible Drug Use: The Administration of Medication in the School Setting

Creating Effective Section 504 Plans: It's Not as Easy as You Think!
November 6, 2015
Plainview Holiday Inn, Plainview, NY
Jack Feldman conducted a seminar regarding Section 504. The statute and regulations provide much less guidance than IDEA, leading to confusion among practitioners. Due to lack of clarity, mistakes are made, exposing school districts to significant liability and potentially harming children. This workshop provided practical, easy-to-apply guidance that addresses: The different test for determining discipline for students with 504 plans. When and how to conduct reviews of 504 plans (annual reviews of 504 plans are not required). How to respond when provided with a doctor's note declaring a student eligible for a 504 plan. Medical diagnosis is not required for 504 plan eligibility, and a medical diagnosis in and of itself does not make a student eligible for a 504 plan. The due process rights that parents are entitled to under 504 v. IDEA. The nuts and bolts of Section 504 litigation. Best practices for reducing potential liability. Lessons learned from Section 504 case law. Practical application of knowledge through video case studies and small group discussion. This seminar is sponsored by Legal One NY. For more information, please visit www.legaloneny.org.

Special Education in New York
October 23, 2015
RESIDENCE INN PLAINVIEW, 9 GERHARD ROAD, PLAINVIEW, NY 11803
Jack Feldman conducted a full-day seminar on "Special Education in New York." The program covered the significant changes brought about by the Reauthorized 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 regarding the changes. 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. Recent updates were covered! 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. For more information visit www.PESI.com.

Special Education Law from A to Z: Developing and Implementing Defensible IEPs
June 23, 2015
Four Points by Sheraton Plainview, 333 S. Service Road, Plainview, New York 11803
Jack Feldman conducted a seminar entitled "Developing and Implementing Defensible IEPs". The program covered team meetings; components of a legally defensible IEP; implementing IEPs; and amending IEPs. The seminar is sponsored by the National Business Institute. For more information visit www.nbi-sems.com.

Special Education Law from A to Z: Fulfilling Critical Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and Placement Decision Obligations
June 23, 2015
Four Points by Sheraton Plainview, 333 S. Service Road, Plainview, New York 11803
Laura Ferrugiari conducted a seminar entitled "Fulfilling Critical Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and Placement Decision Obligations". The program covered LRE, Mainstreaming and Inclusion: What Must Schools Provide?; Continuum of Alternate Placements; Placement Decision Requirements; Factors that Can and Cannot be Considered; and Changes in Placement: Necessary Procedures and Review. The seminar is sponsored by the National Business Institute. For more information visit www.nbi-sems.com.

Section 504 in New York
March 6, 2015
RESIDENCE INN PLAINVIEW, 9 GERHARD ROAD, PLAINVIEW, NY 11803
Jack Feldman conducted a full-day seminar on "Section 504 in New York." The program covered how the ADA Amendments and new federal regulations changed the eligibility criteria under Section 504. What is the school district's obligation to identity and evaluate students? Why a health plan can't substitute for a 504 plan. What the new rules are regarding service animals. What the "Child Find" obligations under Section 504 are and how they compare with those under IDEA. The program also covers how discipline and behavioral issues are handled with a student eligible under Section 504, as compared/contrasted with a student eligible under IDEA. The seminar is sponsored by PESI. For more information visit www.PESI.com.

Bulletproof IEP
Friday, January 30, 2015
Plainview Holiday Inn, Plainview, NY
On January 30, 2015, Jack Feldman presented a half day legal seminar entitled, "Special Education Law in New York-Developing Bulletproof IEPs," for the School Administrators Association of New York State. The discussion included a review of the most common legal mistakes made by districts and proactive steps to minimize potential liability. This seminar was sponsored by Legal One NY. For more information, please visit www.legaloneny.org.

2014 Winter Law Conference - Navigating §3020-A
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Islandia Marriott Long Island
On January 14, 2015, Florence Frazer co-presented at the 2014 Winter Law Conference on "Navigating the Intricacies of the §3020-A Process". The program reviewed the rules that apply when school districts need to take disciplinary action against tenured teachers and administrators and what the legal standards that affect the outcome of such cases are. The program also reviewed how districts can improve their chances of success, even before the actual filing of charges.

Annual School Law Conference 2014
December 8, 2014
Nassau Suffolk Bar Association (Hyatt Regency, Hauppauge, New York)
Florence Frazer was part of a panel at the recent Nassau Suffolk Bar Associations' Annual School Law Conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge, New York, that conducted a mock collective bargaining session representing the management perspective.

Annual School Law Conference 2014
December 8, 2014
Nassau Suffolk Bar Association (Hyatt Regency, Hauppauge, New York)
Jack Feldman presented "A Review of Recent Cases Pertaining to the Provision of Special Education Services," at the recent Nassau Suffolk Bar Associations' Annual School Law Conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge, New York. This presentation reviewed recent federal court special education decisions. Included are two recent court decisions that have changed a school district's legal responsibilities for the education of children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. In addition, we discuss the deference that is paid to school districts regarding the educational methodology to be used for particular students, and a decision regarding retrospective testimony. Finally, we conclude with an update concerning the special education requirements for addressing the bullying of students with disabilities.

Annual School Law Conference 2014
December 8, 2014
Nassau Suffolk Bar Association (Hyatt Regency, Hauppauge, New York)
Laura Ferrugiari presented "Shared Services and the Local Government Efficiency Program," at the recent Nassau Suffolk Bar Associations' Annual School Law Conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge, New York. The topic included discussion of the impacts of both the Tax Levy Cap legislation and the Tax Freeze Credit legislation on school districts, the requirements of the Local Government Efficiency Program enacted by the State, and the provision of shared services and Inter-municipal Agreements.

Annual School Law Conference 2014
December 8, 2014
Nassau Suffolk Bar Association (Hyatt Regency, Hauppauge, New York)
Joseph Lilly presented "Dignity for All Students Action Issues to Consider," at the recent Nassau Suffolk Bar Associations' Annual School Law Conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge, New York. The topic included discussion regarding the Dignity for All Students Act ("Dignity Act" or "DASA"), a New York State law that is designed to provide elementary and high school students with a safe and supportive school environment free from harassment, bullying and discrimination.

Special Education in New York
November 7, 2014
Hilton Long Island, 598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville, N.Y.
On Friday, November 7, 2014, Jack Feldman conducted a full-day seminar on "Special Education Law in New York." The program covered 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 regarding the changes which impact their everyday activities. This seminar aims to provide a comprehensive, one-day approach to Developing a Bulletproof IEP, discipline under IDEA, preparing for an impartial hearing and the impact of IDEA on New York Special Education Law. 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. For more information visit www.PESI.com.

Section 504 in New York
October 17, 2014
Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street, New York, N.Y.
Jack Feldman conducted a full-day seminar on "Section 504 in New York." The program covered contrasts and comparisons between 504 and IDEA, and will include how to determine eligibility, identify and conduct appropriate evaluations, develop section 504 accommodation plans and review various plans to address food allergies, diabetes and other illnesses. The seminar is sponsored by PESI. For more information visit www.PESI.com.

2014 Summer Law Conference
July 24, 2014
Islandia Marriott, 3635 Express Dr N, Islandia, NY 11749, (631) 845-1000
On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Florence Frazer, was a co-presenter at the New York State School Boards Summer Law Conference on "Section 3020-a Proceedings in the Age of APPR." The program covered pursuing disciplinary charges against tenured teachers and principals which have always required thoughtful deliberation and preparation, and how APPR is affecting that process. This seminar outlined what districts can and must do to overcome the emerging challenges posed by the new teacher and principal evaluation system.

Special Education Legal Loop
July 9, 2014
On July 9, 2014 we discussed Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. We covered topics such as: eligibility under Section 504, the distinction between IDEIA and Section 504, Section 504 plans and accommodations, and a host of other related topics.

NY Special Education Law in New York Seminar
May 2, 2014
Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport, 102-05 Ditmats Blvd., Flushing, NY 11369
On Friday, May 2, 2014, Jack Feldman conducted a full-day seminar on "Special Education Law in New York." The program covered 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 regarding the changes which impact their everyday activities. This seminar aims to provide a comprehensive, one-day approach to Developing a Bulletproof IEP, discipline under IDEA, preparing for an impartial hearing and to the impact of IDEA on New York Special Education Law. 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 was sponsored by PESI. For more information visit www.PESI.com.

Section 504 in New York
March 28, 2014
Long Island Marriott, 100 James Doolittle Blvd, Uniondale, N.Y.
On Friday March 28, 2014, Jack Feldman conducted a full-day seminar on "Section 504 in New York." The program covered contrasts and comparisons between 504 and IDEA, and included how to determine eligibility, identify and conduct appropriate evaluations, develop section 504 accommodation plans and review various plans to address food allergies, diabetes and other illnesses. The seminar is sponsored by PESI. For more information visit www.PESI.com.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)
March 4, 2014
Western Suffolk B.O.C.E.S. Center (Wheatley Heights, NY)
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, Christie R. Jacobson presented a two-hour legal seminar entitled, "The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)," for the Long Island Association of School Personnel Administrators ("LIASPA"), which took place at the Western Suffolk B.O.C.E.S. Center in Wheatley Heights, New York.

2014 Election and Budget Vote Preparation
January 15, 2014
On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Laura Ferrugiari and Jon Heidelberger conducted our annual Election Workshop for Board Members, Central Office Administrators, and District Clerks. In addition to reviewing applicable law and Regulations, the individual experiences of participants fostered a variety of in-depth analyses and lively discussion.

Legal Leaders-New York Area's Top Rated Lawyers of 2013
Frazer & Feldman is proud to announce that Jack and Florence have been recognized by New York magazine as Legal Leaders-New York Area's Top Rated Lawyers of 2013 in the fields of education, labor and employment law. The recognition is based upon their having achieved the peer reviewed rating of "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell, the company that has set the standard for lawyer ratings. The AV Preeminent rating is a significant accomplishment and demonstrates that a lawyer's peers have ranked him/her at the highest level of professional excellence.

2013 Annual School Law Conference
December 9, 2013
Nassau County Bar Association (Mineola, New York)
Several of our attorneys spoke and presented at this conference on the following topics:
"Fallout from the New York State Regents Reform Agenda" - Florence Frazer
"Surveillance Cameras in the School Setting" - Laura Ferrugiari
"Impact of Social Media on Discipline of Students and Employees" - Joseph Lilly
Don't Let the "ACA" Make You ILL - Christie Jacobson
Bullying and Students with Disabilities - Jack Feldman
Please click here for a copy of the full agenda.

Students from Nontraditional Families - The Legal Issues
October 26, 2013
NYSSBA Annual Convention (Rochester, NY)
On October 26, 2013, Florence T. Frazer and Christie R. Jacobson co-presented the legal seminar entitled, "Students from Nontraditional Families - The Legal Issues," at the statewide Annual Convention of the New York State School Boards Association ("NYSSBA").

Special Education Update
October 26, 2013
NYSSBA Annual Convention (Rochester, NY)
On October 26, 2013, Jack Feldman presented the legal seminar, "Special Education Update: A Review of Recent Cases and Administrative Decisions," at the statewide Annual Convention of the New York State School Boards Association ("NYSSBA").

Bulletproof IEP
October 4, 2013
PESI (Plainview, NY)
On October 4, 2013, Jack Feldman presented a full day legal seminar entitled, "Special Education Law in New York-Developing a Bulletproof IEP," for the CMI Education Institute, which operates in conjunction with MEDS-PDN and Premier Education Solutions ("PESI"). The seminar was conducted at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Legal Guardianship of Minors: Hot Topics and Trends
October 2, 2013
Nassau County Bar Association (Mineola, NY)
On October 2, 2013, Christie R. Jacobson served on a panel of guest speakers at the Nassau County Bar Association ("NCBA") in a CLE program entitled, "Legal Guardianship of Minors: Hot Topics and Trends." This program is sponsored jointly by the NCBA Family Law and Procedure Committee along with the NCBA Education Law Committee.

Annual School Law Conference
Our attorneys made presentations on the following topics:
"Dignity for All Students Act (DASA): Rights, Responsibilities, and Ramifications"
"Annual Special Education Update"
"Fiscal Management in Challenging Times: Procuring and Developing Alternate Revenue Resources, Shared/Consolidated Services, Etc."
"Living with the Tax Levy Limit - Tax Cap Part II"
Please contact us for presentation outlines or further information on the above.

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    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.

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    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.

  • NYSSBA Annual Conference

    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.

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    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.


  • Permissible Drug Use: The Administration of Medication in the School Setting

    April 2016

    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.



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