Co-sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and Loyola Marymount University's Center for Catholic Education, this year's program 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 many 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!

Contact Carlotta Brussell at or 270.402.7205.

  • Featured Speakers

    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

    Joy Lopez

    Mary Peter Muehlenkemp, OP

    David Peters

    Karen Piper

    Anthony Riegling

    Vincent Schmidt

    Karen Shaughnessy Schultz

    Catherine Timmerman

    Sara Wannemuehler

    Sara Watson

    Father Brian Zumbrum

  • Topics

    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 2017 award. Nominations close May 15, 2017.   

    Please send the nominee’s name, contact information (including whether he or she can be present on July 8th 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 calling 888-888-5252.  Indicate that you are with the Education Law Institute/NCEA Law Symposium and you will pay the special rate of $108 (single) and $122 (double), which includes a full hot breakfast daily.  Hotel reservations at this special symposium rate cannot be guaranteed after June 5, 2017.  After June 10, 2017, please contact Mrs. Brussell at or 270.402.7205 for room reservations.

Register now

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

Registration Fees
Group Discounts* 

$595 by June 1

Groups of 3-4  = 10% discount

$650 by June 1

Groups of 5+ = 20% discount

*To qualify, all registrants in the group must register together and must be employed at the same institution and on the same campus.

Price includes lunches, receptions and dinner Saturday evening. 

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 1 will be charged a $100 fee.
No refunds after June 1.