2022 Mississippi Education Law Conference

June 8th—Education Law 101 Workshop Day

June 9th—Day of Plenary and Breakout Sessions

Options for registering for one day or both days are available

SCHEDULE

June 8th—Education Law 101 Day

This day is intended for individuals new to education law issues or seeking a refresher on legal issues in education. We will have two separate tracks—one for elementary and secondary educators and another for those working in postsecondary institutions.

7:30-8:20—Arrival/Continental Breakfast

8:20—Welcome/Orientation for Day

8:30-11:30—Ed. Law 101 Morning Session

The Ed. Law 101 Day will provide those new to legal issues in higher education with an in-depth review of critical legal and policy issues arising in schools and colleges. There will be one track for P-12 leaders in education and another for practitioners in postsecondary education. The information covered is ideal for those new to dealing with legal issues in education and for those who would like a refresher on nuts and bolts law and policy issues commonly encountered in educational settings.

P-12 EDUCATION SESSION PART I

Session Leaders:

  • Johnny Purvis, former Executive Director of Education Service Center; former Director of Mississippi Safe School Center at the University of Southern Mississippi

  • Jim Keith, Attorney, Adams and Reese LLP, Jackson, Mississippi

  • Ryan Niemeyer, Assistant Provost for Regional Campuses and Associate Professor of Leadership and Counselor Education, University of Mississippi

11:30-12:30—Lunch (provided on site)

12:30-4:00—Ed. Law 101 Afternoon Session

P-12 EDUCATION SESSION Part II

Session Leaders:

  • Johnny Purvis, former Executive Director of Education Service Center; former Director of Mississippi Safe School Center at the University of Southern Mississippi

  • Jim Keith, Attorney, Adams and Reese LLP, Jackson, Mississippi

  • Ryan Niemeyer, Assistant Provost for Regional Campuses and Associate Professor of Leadership and Counselor Education, University of Mississippi

June 9th—Plenary, Breakout Sessions

7:30-8:20—Arrival/Continental Breakfast

8:20—Welcome/Orientation for the Day

8:30-9:45—Plenary Session

P-20 Mississippi Education Finance: This plenary session will explore education finance issues across the spectrum of Mississippi institutions, including schools, community colleges, and universities.

  • Jay Allen, President, Itawamba Community College

  • Thomas K. Hudson, President, Jackson State University

  • Nancy Loome, Executive Director of The Parents’ Campaign and President of The Parents’ Campaign Research & Education Fund

  • Ronnie Musgrove, former Governor of Mississippi; Attorney, Musgrove Law Firm, Ridgeland, Mississippi

  • Andy Mullins, former special assistant to two governors and three state superintendents, former special assistant to three University of Mississippi chancellors, founder of Mississippi Teacher Corps

  • S. Ryan Niemeyer (session moderator), Assistant Provost for Regional Campuses and Associate Professor of Leadership and Counselor Education, University of Mississippi

9:45-9:55—Break

9:55-11:10—Breakout Sessions

(1) Special Education Updates for School Administrators: This session covers current issues involving special education in Mississippi schools, as well as policies and procedures that support professional practice.

  • Robin Lemonis, State Director of Special Education, Mississippi Department of Special Education

(2) Disability Issues on the College Campus: This session examines current challenges faced on college and university campuses with regard to disability and accommodation and how leaders can ensure "cultural disability competence" in their institutions.

  • Laura Rothstein, Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville

(3) Free Speech on Mississippi Campuses: A Mississippi education law attorney and expert on campus speech issues will discuss the challenges currently facing our educational institutions.

  • Paul Watkins, Attorney, Mayo Mallette PLLC, Oxford, MS

  • David Whitcomb, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, University of Mississippi

11:10-12:20—Lunch (provided on site)

12:20-1:35—Plenary Session

A P-20 Conversation on LGBTQIA+ Campus Issues and Updates: This plenary session explores institutional responses and best practices across a range of issues involving students and employees who identify as LGBTQIA+ in our schools, colleges, and universities, as well support for those who choose not to identify.

  • Jaime Harker, Professor of English and Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, University of Mississippi

  • Bonita Coleman, Superintendent, Ocean Springs School District, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

  • Paul Watkins, Attorney, Mayo Mallette PLLC, Oxford, Mississippi

  • Phillis L. George (session moderator), Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Higher Education, Department of Higher Education, University of Mississippi

1:35-1:45—Break

1:45-3:00—Breakout Sessions

(1) Covid Lessons in Crisis management. This session offers lessons learned for schools in navigating challenges related to COVID-19, including to apply to future events and crises that may arise.

  • Johnny R. Purvis, former Executive Director of Education Service Center; former Director of Mississippi Safe School Center at the University of Southern Mississippi

(2) CLE Ethics Session for Attorneys

  • Benjamin P. Cooper, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Frank Montague, Jr. Professor of Legal Students and Professionalism, University of Missisisppi School of Law

3:00-3:10—Break

3:10-4:25—Breakout Sessions

(1) The Top Five Education Law Issues in Mississippi: Covers the most pressing law and policy issues facing Mississippi educational institutions.

  • John Hooks, Adams and Reese LLP, Jackson, Missississippi

(2) A Conversation About Students, Employees, Leadership, and the Law in Higher Education.

  • George McClellan, Professor of Higher Education, Department of Higher Education, School of Education, University of Mississippi

  • Brent Marsh, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, University of Mississippi




For questions, contact: highered@olemiss.edu