Education Law Symposium

Education Law Symposium

July 5 - 8, 2018

Co-sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and Loyola Marymount University's Center for Catholic Education, this nationally recognized symposium offers dynamic presentations on the law as it applies to Catholic education and ministry.

Attendees will hear from experts on a variety of topics, which include social media, cyberbullying, immigration law, accommodating students with disabilities, updates on school law and more.

The symposium's speakers represent an unparalleled group of law experts with a wide variety of industry expertise and knowledge. All sessions will be held in the Brown Hotel -- rated as one of the top 50 hotels in the country.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn and network!


  • Featured Speakers

    *Below are featured speakers from the 2017 Education Law Symposium. Featured speakers for 2018 being finalized.

    Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN

    Dale McDonald, PBVM

    Cindi Baughman

    Mary Beth Boyer

    Michael Bratcher

    Hillary Byrnes

    Mary Diana Dreger, OP

    Clare Fitzgerald, SSND

    Karen Juliano

    Fran Lawlor

    Michael Ligorini

    Mary Peter Muehlenkemp, OP

    David Peters

    Karen Piper

    Anthony Riegling

    Vincent Schmidt

    Brian E. Shultz

    Karen Shaughnessy Schultz

    Sara Wannemuehler

    Sara Watson

    Reverend Brian Zumbrum Osfs

  • Topics

    More coming soon!

    Reflections on Mercy and Law

    School Law Update

    Social Media


    Faculty and Student Handbooks

    Chief Administrators and Athletics

    Title IX: Exemption: Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation Laws


    Accommodating Students with Differences/Disabilities

    Dealing with Difficult Parents

    IDEA: Special Ed Law

    Law of Love

    Medical Issues and Catholic Teaching

    Child Custody

    Legal Nightmares

    Immigration Law

  • Inclusion Award Nominations

    Each year the Shaughnessy family presents the Edward M. Shaughnessy III Serving All God’s Children Award to a Catholic school, educator, administrator or other involved person who has made an outstanding contribution to furthering inclusive Catholic education for all, especially those students with special needs.  Nominations are now being sought for the 2018 award. Nominations close May 1, 2018.   

    Please send the nominee’s name, contact information (including whether he or she can be present on July 7th to receive the award) and a brief statement supporting the nomination to Sister Angie by e-mail at

  • Title II Funds

    Title II-A funds for professional development under ESSA may be available to attend the Education Law Symposium. Funds may be used for registration as well as travel and lodging. Requests must be made to the local public school district (LEA) that controls the government funding for this program. 

  • Location

    The Brown Hotel

    335 West Broadway • Louisville, KY 40202

    Participants must make their own reservations at the hotel by using this link or calling 502.583.1234. If calling, please note the Brown Hotel is on Eastern Time. Indicate that you are with the SOE/NCEA Education Law Symposium and you will pay the special rate of $112 (single) and $126 (double), which includes a full hot breakfast daily. Hotel reservations at this special symposium rate cannot be guaranteed after June 11, 2018.

  • Agenda

    Download the 2017 Agenda here. The agenda for 2018 coming soon! 

    Thursday, July 6 
    7:00 p.m.

    Opening Prayer and Introductions
    Dale McDonald, PBVM


    Dr. Shane P. Martin


    Introduction of Speaker
    Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN


    Keynote Address
    Reverend Brian Zumbrum, Osfs

    Merciful like the Father: 
    Learning how to Give and Receive Mercy




    Friday, July 7 
    7:00 a.m.


    Father Zumbrum
    8:30 a.m. Prayer 
    8:45-9:45 a.m.

    Legal Issues and Case Update
    Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN

    10:00-11:15 a.m. 

    Accessing Federal Programs under the New Education Law
    Dale McDonald, PBVM

    Faculty Handbooks: Legal Issues
    Sarah Wannemuehler

    Supervising Marginal Teachers
    Sarah Watson

    Custody Issues
    Karen Piper

    11:30 a.m Lunch 
    12:45-2:00 p.m.

    Generational Issues: Bridging the Gap
    Sarah Watson

    International Student Management: Law and Practicality
    David Peters

    Student Handbooks
    Sarah Wannemeuhler

    2:15-3:30 p.m. 

    High School Discipline: Legal Issues
    Cindi Baughman

    Chief Administrators and Athletics: Issues and Solutions
    Karen Juliano, David Peters and representatives from area Catholic high schools

    Coping with Personnel and Legal Issues while Keeping Your Sanity
    Fran Lawlor

    3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
    3:45-5:00 p.m. Title IX Exemption: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Laws
    Hillary Byrnes

    Crisis Management: Armed Intruder Readiness
    Tony Riegling

    IDEA: Special Education Law and Catholic Schools
    Dale McDonald, PBVM

    Dealing With Difficult Parents and Staying Within the Law
    Michael Bratcher

    Free Evening


    Saturday, July 8 
    8:30 a.m.  Prayer 
    8:45-9:45 a.m.
    Keynote:  Law and Mercy
    Clare Fitzgerald, SSND
    10:00 a.m.  Medical, Psychological and Emotional Issues Part I:  Current Legal Conundrums and Cases
    Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN
    11:00 a.m.  Break
    11:15-12:30 p.m.       Medical, Psychological and Emotional Issues: Part II:  Current Classroom Challenges
    Mary Diana Dreger, OP
    12:30 p.m  Lunch 
    1:45-3:00 p.m.

    Legal Nightmares: How We Coped
    Karen Juliano, David Peters, Fran Lawlor & Cat Timmerman

    Learning Differences, Special Ed and What It All Means
    Vince Schmidt

    Immigration Law and Student Status
    Michael Ligorano

    Social Media and Catholic School Responsibilities
    Mary Beth Boyer

    3:00-3:15 p.m  Break
    3:15-4:30 p.m.

    Mary Beth Boyer

    Brian Graduates Cum Laude (with honor)
    A Learning Differences Success Story
    Brian Schultz, Karen Schultz & Tony Riegling

    Custody Issues
    Karen Piper 

    5:00 p.m.

    Vigil Mass
    Father Zumbrum 

    6:00 p.m. 

    Dinner and Awards
    Speaker:  Mary Peter Muehlenkamp, OP 


    Sunday, July 9 
    9:00 a.m.
    9:15 a.m.

    Ask the Lawyers
    Hillary Byrnes, Michael Ligorano, Mary Peter Muehlenkamp, OP,
    Karen Piper and Mary Angela Shaughnessy             

    10:15 a.m.

    Public Policy Updates and Concluding Remarks
    Dale McDonald, PBVM

    11:00 a.m.   Farewell

Register now! 

Submit your Education Law Symposium registration and payment via the online registration form

Registration Fees

$595 by June 1

$650 after June 1

Price includes all symposium attendees' lunches, receptions and Saturday evening award dinner. 

A full hot buffet breakfast is included in the room rate for those staying at the Brown Hotel. 

Space is limited to 150. Cancellations received by June 14 will be charged a $100 fee.
No refunds after June 14.