K-12 Athletics: How to Avoid Liability Associated with Misconduct, Discrimination, Injuries and More

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Date: 9/22/2016, 1 PM Eastern
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Joanne Butler, partner, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP
Price: $299.00 webinar, $349.00 CD, $399.00 webinar and CD. Each option may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room using one unique login. CD includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides. CD subject to a $5.95 handling charge.
Who Should Attend? K-12 administrators, district legal counsel, principals, department heads, athletics staff, superintendents, teachers
Best For: K-12

The Summer Olympics are over. Glued to our televisions and our tablets, we watched the stunning upsets, heart-warming back stories, and too frequently, the tales of injuries, conduct violations, abusive coaches, discrimination, prohibited substances, suspensions, and lifetime bans. But those stories do not exist only at the elite competitive levels — schools face such issues more frequently than we expect. From the disappointed student, the threatening parent or the furious mob at the board meeting days before the championship game, balancing academics and athletics presents tough choices and life-altering consequences for everyone involved. This program will assist your school in walking the athletics high-wire.

Please join Joanne Butler for a webinar that addresses the athletics-related issues faced in schools and provides strategies to avoid pitfalls, litigation and public relations nightmares. There are no quick fixes or easy answers in balancing academics and athletics. Smart planning, with the focus on consistency and against discrimination, will lessen the risk of disputes. Policies and procedures, staff and student training, and a good deal of common sense, will bolster your school’s success.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Title IX and gender equity
  • Participation of disabled students
  • Drug testing
  • Code of conduct violations
  • Liability for injuries


Your conference leader for “K-12 Athletics: How to Avoid Liability Associated with Misconduct, Discrimination, Injuries and More” is Joanne Butler. Ms. Butler is a partner at Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP and represents numerous boards of education as general or special counsel. In addition to providing daily counsel to her school district clients, Ms. Butler conducts in-service training at all levels and represents her clients in investigations and litigation before the Department of Education, the Office of Administrative Law, the Public Employment Relations Commission, the Division on Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various state and federal courts. A co-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Ms. Butler also offers employment counseling to private employers.

Ms. Butler frequently shares her knowledge and experience in the areas of school law and labor and employment law through lectures and in-service training on various education and employment issues. Topics have included harassment/intimidation/bullying; student discipline; expulsion and alternative education; residency issues; student records; student surveys; Individualized Education Program (IEP) preparation; special education; avoiding/surviving due process; Section 504; New Jersey Family Leave and Federal Family and Medical Leave; sexual harassment; search and seizure; technology on and off school grounds; and school safety concerns.

Prior to joining Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP in 1996, Ms. Butler was a partner with the West Orange firm of Young, Dimiero & Sayovitz. Early in her law career, she served her judicial clerkship with the Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

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