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2024 Municipal Law Symposium

Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2024 • 1:00 pm to 5:15 pm

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Legal updates and information for the public sector.

DATE: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

TIME: 1:00pm Registration

LOCATION: Ambassador Center, 7794 Peach St., Erie, PA 16509


This program has been approved for 3.25 Act 48 hours, 3.25 SHRM credits, and 3.25 HRCI general credit hours.

If you need Act 48 hours, please ALSO REGISTER with the IU HERE and see disclaimer below.

There is no cost for this event.

**Registration for this event has closed, but please email Marian at if you have questions.


1:00pm - Registration

1:20pm - Welcome

1:30pm - Tell It to the Judge: Three real cases will be "argued" before Hon. Andrew F. Szefi (ret.) - who now leads Knox Law ADR Services - and YOU will help decide which side wins. Issues will include governmental immunity; laws vs. the Constitution; employee rights; First Amendment rights & social media, and more.

2:15pm - Labor Relations Update 2024: Conducting effective negotiations, updates, and more... including a preview of the 3rd edition of Labor Relations for School Leaders, which will be available to purchase through PSBA soon - Julia Herzing and Bob Zaruta

3:00pm - BREAK

3:15pm - 5:15pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS as follows:

SECTION 1 | Moderated by Mark Wassell

3:15pm - Major Consequences for Minor Issues: How to Handle Inappropriate Images of Minors on Employee, Student, and Administrator Devices - Christian Trabold, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office

4:00pm - BREAK

4:15pm - (Not) Private School: How Public School Districts Should Address Their Employees' Expectations of Privacy (including constitutional concerns, searches, video surveillance and more) - Matt Lasher

4:45pm - IDEA's Prior Written Notice Requirement for Special Education: What, How and When? Plus School Law Update - Jennifer Gornall

Section 2 | Moderated by Tim Sennett

3:15pm - Municipal Funding Roundtable: Opportunities Abound!
Learn about funding opportunities for facilities, water & sewer projects, infrastructure, and more.
Gary S. Reed, Area Director, USDA Rural Development
Courtney E. Bailey, Area Specialist, Community Facilities Program, Rural Development, USDA
Christi Martone, Northwest Regional Director, PA DCED
Brendan A. Linton, Region 1 Project Specialist, Pa. Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST)

4:00 pm - BREAK

4:15pm - Municipal Law Updates: Panel Discussion Moderated by Tim Wachter. Topics covered include inter-governmental cooperation; Title VI requirements; the recent Ursinus Prevailing Wage case; Sunshine Law and the First Amendment; statute of limitations for public entities, and more.


5:15pm - Cocktails

6:00pm - Dinner & Entertainment

ACT 48 IU5 DISCLAIMER: This program has been designed by Knox Law (a subcontractor of the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit, which is a PDE-approved provider) to meet PDE criteria for the award of Act 48 hours, which may or maynot be PIL approved. Act 48 hours for this activity may or may not be eligible for award based on your school entity's professional education plan. It is your responsibility as an educator to ensure that you participate in appropriate, content-specific professional development.

ACT 48 IU REGISTRATION (required, in addition to our registration).

What People Are Saying

"I really enjoy the presentations. Everyone is always very informative." - 2023 attendee

"Outstanding – My favorite symposium” - 2021 attendee

"Wealth of information” - 2021 attendee

"Very informative and well structured." - 2019 attendee
"Topics were well thought out and presented." - 2019 attendee
"I always learn so much from all of you. This is a valuable service and much appreciated." - 2018 attendee
"You seem to nail it every time!" - 2018 attendee
"All information is concise, timely, and appropriate. Top notch presentations." - 2017 attendee
"Relevant and timely legal updates - very helpful." - 2017 attendee
"Very well organized. Knowledgeable presenters." - 2017 attendee
"Detailed analysis of current laws and regulations." - 2017 attendee
"Very professional and timely. Outstanding resources." - 2016 attendee
"Great variety of subjects to appeal to everyone in attendance." - 2016 attendee

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