LGBTQ Issues in School and the New Legal & Practical Landscape: After Obergerfell

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Jessica Cino, associate professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs at Georgia State University College of Law
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? School administrators, human resources departments, school health professionals, admissions officers, student counselors, student services professionals, in-house counsel
Best For: K-12

As schools increasingly broaden their approaches to dealing with the thorny issues of inclusiveness for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning students, there remain some really difficult issues to navigate, including legal, practical, social and educational challenges. Some states have passed or are attempting to pass laws aimed at LGBTQ individuals and often that can permeate the classroom. There also may be local or state education laws that expressly forbid teachers from discussing gay and transgender issues (including sexual health and HIV/AIDS awareness) in a positive light. These laws create hurdles for school districts that foster inclusion but are legally restrained.

Middle school and high school can be daunting for many young students, but the everyday aspects of life can present particular challenges for transgender, gay, lesbian and questioning students. Many situations can present significant legal, human and religious dilemmas for the school. From bathroom, locker rooms and athletics, to curriculum decisions and campus clubs schools need to have policies and personnel to address the needs of these students and make the total educational experience a positive one.

Professor Cino will discuss the necessary steps schools should take to ensure they deal with legal and practical issues, develop appropriate policies and procedures, provide a safe learning environment, handle discipline issues and limit liability for the school, its administrators and staff. This program will suggest strategies for working with school boards, districts, parents and communities in developing a supportive environment for LGBTQ students. Regardless of personal beliefs, this program can be an asset for any educator.

Please join Jessica Cino, associate professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law, for a program that examines some of these laws and provides practical advice on navigating the legal, social, and community issues that surround them.


Some of the many issues that will be discussed in this webinar include:

  • An overview of the legal landscape
  • Managing difficult legal and social issues for LGBTQ students
  • Differences between public and private schools
  • Creating an inclusive curriculum
  • Working with parents and other groups
  • Records and documents policies
  • Discipline and harassment issues
  • Sports and activities
  • School obligations for acts of other students, faculty and staff
  • Managing student organizations that promote or oppose LGBTQ causes


Your conference leader for “LGBTQ Issues in School and the New Legal & Practical Landscape: After Obergerfell” is Professor Jessica Cino. Professor Cino is an associate professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law. She received her JD magna cum laude from the University of Miami School Of Law and her bachelor of science summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining Georgia State University College of Law, she clerked for Judge Peter T. Fay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She then practiced law with Covington & Burling LLP in San Francisco. Professor Cino presents on education law and policy issues including drug testing, student searches, student privacy, and issues involving the interplay between the obligations of schools and the duties to and rights of students. She is also a frequent contributor of opinion pieces for various publications. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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