1. Extracurricular Activities: Legal Issues and Areas of Liability

Extracurricular Activities: Legal Issues and Areas of Liability

Extracurricular Activities: Legal Issues and Areas of Liability
Event ID: 72469
Session ID: 15483

Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., attorney at law, Steckel and Stopp
Price: $299.00 webinar or On-Demand, $399.00 webinar and On-Demand. Each option may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room. On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, attorneys representing schools, student counselors, faculty, principals, nurses, student services
Best For: K-12

Too few schools realize how many legal issues are involved with extracurriculars. As schools become engaged in these programs, it is imperative that school administrators, coaches, board members, and activities advisors are aware of the issues that have the highest potential for liability and that they have a roadmap for handling them as they come up. It can be daunting to keep up with recent changes and updates in the law, especially the increasing influx of case law related to the administration of extracurricular programs.

Please join Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., as she addresses the key areas of legal liability and provides guidance for schools on minimizing such liability in a number of areas. For each extracurricular-related topic, she offers an overview of the legal issue as well as best-practice tips and tools to help schools ensure compliance with this vast array of applicable concepts. From staffing issues to the use of volunteers, confidentiality concerns to fundraising issues, student rights (including transgender student rights and the right of student athletes to “take a knee” during the National Anthem) to insurance coverage considerations, this session identifies and provides information to help schools protect themselves and their students. This session is essential for all school administrators, board members, and school personnel involved in the provision of extracurricular activities in schools.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Staffing of Extracurricular Programs
  • Use of Volunteers
  • Confidentiality Rules
  • Fundraising (including the use of booster clubs and 3rd-party fundraising efforts)
  • Transportation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Hazing
  • State Athletics Associations
  • Hazing
  • Transgender Student Rights
  • Student Speech and Student Protest Rights (including “taking a knee” during the National Anthem)
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Rights of Non-Public and Charter School Students to Participate in Public School Athletics
  • Livestreaming of Events



Your conference leader for “Extracurricular Activities: Legal Issues and Areas of Liability” is Erin Gilsbach. Ms. Gilsbach is a practicing school law attorney with the PA-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp. She is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics. She currently serves as the president of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association and is a member of the board of directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA). Ms. Gilsbach provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations. She specializes in school policy and procedure legal defensibility audits as well as professional development in areas of special education, school technology, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and many other trending school law topics. Prior to attending law school, she taught high school English. Prior to entering private practice, she served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel. Ms. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for 5 consecutive years and is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for NSBA, COSA, the national Education Law Association (ELA), PSBA, the LRP Institute, the National Business Institute (NBI), the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), and a number of other legal and educational organizations. She is currently writing a book for LRP publications on school health services that is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2019.

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