Student Athletics in Secondary Schools: Practical and Legal Issues - On Demand

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On Demand       $299.00
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter(s): Cheryl Lipton, attorney at law; principal, The GhostWriters, Ltd.
Price: $299.00 On Demand includes full presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? School administrators, school staff, coaches and athletic administrators, school district in-house counsel, school law attorneys

We all understand the significant advantages to having students participate in sports – higher graduation rates, better grades, better attendance, fewer disciplinary problems, increased self-discipline, improved self-esteem, teamwork and sportsmanship skills, and better overall health and fitness – but athletic programs also carry with them an element of risk to the participant and liability issues to the school that administrators must address in order to minimize the risk to students and the institution and comply with legal requirements.

Participation in high school athletics is at an all-time high. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), in 2011-12 over 7.5 million high school students played on a high school team – which was about 55% of enrolled high school students. When you add to that all of the middle school students who play on their schools’ sports teams that number goes much higher.

Please join attorney Cheryl Lipton as she provides the guidance you need to navigate this complicated area and protect your students and your school.


A few of the many practical insights you'll take away from this webinar include:

  • Health concerns – injuries during games and practices, athletic trainers, AEDs, heat-related illnesses, concussions, overuse injuries and specialization, steroid usage and hazing and bullying.
  • Liability issues – injuries during games and practices, old and ineffective equipment, transportation, Title IX and sexual abuse or harassment.
  • Traumatic head injuries – understanding the state and federal guidelines and requirements.
  • Waivers and informed consent forms and some recordkeeping tips.


Your conference leader for "Student Athletics in Secondary Schools: Practical and Legal Issues" is Cheryl Lipton. Ms. Lipton, herself a high school athlete, spent six years as an attorney for the national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she was actively engaged in providing materials and advice to school administrators. Her practical and legal experience, as well as her communication skills, places her in an optimal position to provide school administrators with the information they need to deal with this complex issue. Her background includes providing content for training programs on these complex issues for seminars, presentations, newsletters and publications. She also spent 10 years as an appellate attorney with two government agencies and taught as an adjunct professor at DePaul and John Marshall law schools.

Ms. Lipton’s undergraduate degree is from Northwestern University. She received her J.D. cum laude from Washington College of Law at American University. She is admitted to the bars of Illinois and Maryland.

Ms. Lipton is currently a principal of The GhostWriters, Ltd. that provides web-based and print materials for both non-legal and legal audiences. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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