Current Issues in Education Law (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 04/30/2023


A pre-recorded streaming AUDIO replay of the April 2020 webcast, Current Issues in Education Law.

Topics Covered

  • Learn what to tell public school board members about their powers and duties
  • Anticipate how the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) applies to a non-custodial parent or postsecondary student
  • Discover the obligations inherent in a private school accepting public funds, and why most schools avoid them
  • Plan a strategy when a school is suddenly hit with sexual misconduct allegations, either current or from long ago
  • Examine how K-12 schools and universities investigate discrimination or harassment claims made by students and employees
  • Learn requirements and practical strategies for protecting student privacy at a K-12 school or university

From student vaccinations to online parent posts to wage payment law specific to schools, learn how attorneys identify and handle legal issues in education today. How do employment matters differ in public and private schools? How differently do universities and K-12 schools handle sexual assault investigations? What about transgender bathrooms? As society’s new norms spill over into every facet of education, precedent is changing as fast as lawyers can read. At this seminar, you will not only learn some effective tactics for dealing with public and private schools and universities, you will come away with a valuable perspective on these contemporary legal challenges.

This seminar will break down the hot topics in education today so lawyers will be better equipped to advise public schools, independent schools, and universities. It will also highlight trends and current thinking that may shape education law in the future.

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Douglas R. Burtch, Burtch Law PLLC / Richmond
Douglas Burtch is owner and principal of Burtch Law PLLC in Richmond. He represents independent schools, businesses of all sizes, nonprofits, executives, and professionals. He is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, is listed in the “Best Lawyers in America” by U.S. News & World Report, and is named a “Virginia Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazineand a “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine, all in employment and labor law categories. He is an author and speaker on issues affecting schools and the workplace. Mr. Burtch graduated from Emory University (GA) and the University of Richmond School of Law (cum laude).

Nicole S.  Cheuk, Sands Anderson PC / Richmond
Nikki Cheuk is an attorney with Sands Anderson PC. She offers comprehensive guidance to public school boards in all areas of representation, including special education, student discipline, personnel issues, policy, and procurement. Her experience working with a wide variety of school boards enables her to bring diverse perspectives and understandings on their unique legal needs and goals. As such, she can help guide education clients efficiently through a myriad of ever-varying issues. In addition, Ms. Cheuk also works with local governments on personnel matters, and with condemnors on matters of eminent domain.

John M. Erbach, Spotts Fain, PC / Richmond
John Erbach is an attorney with Spotts Fain in Richmond. His practice focuses on employment litigation, commercial litigation, and business litigation with added emphasis on practice in federal courts. As an additional part of his practice, he regularly counsels businesses on employment compliance matters, employment policies, and employee handbooks. Mr. Erbach has litigated cases in state and federal court, including taking multiple cases to successful verdicts in a variety of business litigation matters. He previously practiced in the litigation section of Williams Mullen and clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judges Dennis W. Dohnal and David J. Novak, as well as U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. In 2015, Mr. Erbach was elected to represent the Dale District of Chesterfield County, Virginia, on the county’s School Board, serving as the Board’s vice chairman and then chairman in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Sarah D. Johns, VCU Office of University Counsel / Richmond
Sarah Johns is Associate University Counsel and Assistant Attorney General for Virginia Commonwealth University. She has presented and written on legal issues, such as free expression on and near campus and accessibility and accommodation for individuals with disabilities. Previously, she practiced higher education, health care, and life sciences law at Ropes & Gray LLP; served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz; and taught French, Latin, Pilates, and field hockey at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. Ms. Johns graduated from the University of Virginia, New York University in Paris, and University of Virginia School of Law.

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