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Education Law.

The Education Law Committee (ELC) is responsible for bringing together attorneys who solely practice in education law and others who practice in the different areas of education law. As a substantive law committee, the ELC is responsible for serving its purpose by reviewing existing areas of education law, studying developments in education law, and informing members of the bar of significant developments in education law. This year the ELC honored its commitment in these areas through its journal publication, committee meetings, and CLE offerings.

The ELC began this year with the distribution of the Education Law Journal--Volume II, Issue 1 (September 2018). Topics in this edition included open enrollment, "K-20 Collective Bargaining: A Case for Collaborative Conversations," and "Issues with Applicants for Positions with Florida School Districts in Regard to the Use of Medical Marijuana."

The ELC has also had a robust CLE offering this year. As there are a number of committee members seeking certification in education law, the goal was to provide multiple CLE opportunities to earn the credits necessary to qualify to sit for the certification exam. The ELC began this effort on November 7, 2018, with the presentation of Cybersecurity & Data Privacy: HIPAA and Intellectual Property Considerations and a presentation on Sexual Harassment: What Is Going on Out There in the Employment Arena, the Media and the Courts? This webinar was hosted by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC.

During the 2019 Florida Bar Winter Meeting on January 19, the ELC conducted business to discuss increased participation on the Education Law Journal, Education Policy and Education Law CLE subcommittees. Following the meeting, CLE presentations were conducted on School Issues Faced by Transgender Youth, 2019 Open Government Update, and an Overview of Special Education.

For the benefit of members taking the education certification exam on March 9, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, provided an on-demand platform for participation in an education law certification review covering 14 topics. This CLE was organized as a webinar that members could independently access by selecting all or individual topics.

ELC member Gregg Morton has submitted for approval to update the Education Law Journal template and to establish an online presence for the ELC on social media. Accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are planned to be maintained to promote the ELC and to produce real-time content related to topics in education law. The current chair and Morton will initially serve as administrators for these accounts.

The ELC experienced this year's success with the help and support of ELC Vice Chair Mark Lupe and Staff Program Liaison Tom Miller. Mark and Tom offered valuable and timely assistance without hesitation in the spirit of the ELC's mission. Thank you! Much appreciation for Allison Evans and Shareen Jordan of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, who played a vital role in the ELC's ability to organize and deliver CLE webinars.

Looking forward to next year, the ELC seeks to be more innovative in its response to fulfilling its mission and purpose. As a point of personal privilege, I am thankful for the opportunity to provide leadership to a committee full of highly qualified and knowledgeable attorneys. Thank you to each member that offered assistance and words of encouragement throughout our efforts!

Joy Smith-McCormick, Chair
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Title Annotation:Annual Reports of Committees of the Florida Bar: 2018-2019
Author:Smith-McCormick, Joy
Publication:Florida Bar Journal
Date:May 1, 2019
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