Shipman & Goodwin attorneys Julie Fay, Bob O’Brien and Laurann Asklof will present sessions at the 2018 NAIS-TABS Legal Symposium.

Julie will present the session, “Managing Students: A Day in the Life of a Dean.”  This session will address legal issues and best practices on issues such as misuse of social media, searching student phones, vaping, and how to develop an effective and compliant student handbook. As part of this discussion, Julie will discuss challenges in developing sexual misconduct policies, addressing confidentiality issues and establishing effective adjudication process.

Bob and Laurann will present a roundtable discussion titled, “Key Considerations for School Construction Projects.”  This roundtable discussion will review school construction matters, including request for qualifications/proposals, project delivery methods, contract forms, consistency among documents, liquidated damages provisions, bonding, types of insurance, dispute resolution provisions, and risk management/mitigation.

Designed for trustees and school administrators of all kinds to learn about the pressing legal issues facing independent schools, the NAIS-TABS Legal Symposium is a unique opportunity to spend quality time with legal professionals and colleagues to dig into the concerns of the day and come away with solutions.  The Symposium will be held October 18-19 in Philadelphia, PA.

Shipman & Goodwin is a proud sponsor of this year’s event. For more information and to register, visit the NAIS-TABS Legal Symposium website.

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Photo of Julie C. Fay Julie C. Fay

Julie represents public and independent schools in a variety of special education and general education law matters, with a particular focus on issues relating to students with disabilities, student discipline, confidentiality, school governance and policy. Julie frequently represents schools in administrative hearings, including…

Julie represents public and independent schools in a variety of special education and general education law matters, with a particular focus on issues relating to students with disabilities, student discipline, confidentiality, school governance and policy. Julie frequently represents schools in administrative hearings, including expulsion hearings, special education due process hearings and related proceedings, and is often called upon to guide districts in drafting policies and administrative procedures in all education law areas. As part of her practice, Julie has conducted numerous professional development workshops for clients and other school organizations.

Photo of Laurann Asklof Laurann Asklof

Laurann Asklof practices in the area of construction litigation, representing colleges, universities, public schools and independent schools in various construction projects. She has experience in the drafting and negotiating of construction contracts and the bid process. Laurann is the principal litigator for a…

Laurann Asklof practices in the area of construction litigation, representing colleges, universities, public schools and independent schools in various construction projects. She has experience in the drafting and negotiating of construction contracts and the bid process. Laurann is the principal litigator for a national University’s construction infrastructure programs, acting as its Lead Counsel and primary construction litigator.

Photo of Robert J. O'Brien Robert J. O'Brien

Robert J. O’Brien practices in the areas of construction, surety and specialized banking and commercial litigation. With more than three decades of construction law experience, he handles a broad range of construction-related matters on behalf of contractors, public and private owners, subcontractors, sureties…

Robert J. O’Brien practices in the areas of construction, surety and specialized banking and commercial litigation. With more than three decades of construction law experience, he handles a broad range of construction-related matters on behalf of contractors, public and private owners, subcontractors, sureties, architects, engineers and condominium associations.  Bob’s banking litigation experience relates to check fraud liability and financial institution bonds. He has conducted numerous jury and bench trials, and has extensive experience with arbitration and mediation as dispute resolution alternatives.