Education Law Symposium

2020 Education Law Symposium Now Online!

Co-sponsored by the National Catholic Educational 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. This is geared toward all levels of Catholic school administration: from diocesan superintendents to emerging leaders at school sites.

This year's symposium will be held entirely online, on July 8 and July 9 and is free to attend. Join us for an exciting line-up of presentations. Symposium topics include:

  • Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Realities of Fundraising and Friend Raising;
  • Legal Issues and Application In Pandemic Times
  • Medical Issues
  • Lessons Learned & Moving Forward (a panel presentation); and
  • Technology/Online Learning.

Registration opens Monday, June 22.

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  • The 2020 symposium is entirely online and takes place on July 8 and July 9 – it is free to attend, please register on the NCEA page from Monday, June 22.

    Featured symposium speakers include:

    Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D., serves as the new Executive Director of the Center for Catholic Education at Loyola Marymount University School of Education. As a School Sister of Notre Dame, she worked most recently at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, serving as Program Director for the Catholic Sisters and Catholic Schools priority areas from 2012 to 2017, during which time she led the granting of $90 million to Catholic Sisters in 23 countries and $25 million to Catholic schools in the U.S.

    Prior to joining the Foundation she served as senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education where she had lead responsibility for achieving President Obama’s 2020 College Completion goal. She was president of two universities, Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore and Holy Names University in Oakland. She was also president of the Fund for Educational Excellence that developed a whole school reform model, which was instrumental in improving student achievement in Baltimore City public schools. She has had professional experiences in Japan, Honduras, China, Rome, Korea, London, Italy and Israel as well as in six countries in Africa. She earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the Catholic University of America. She has authored publications, made national and international presentations and received numerous fellowships and awards.  


    Michael Huggins, EdD, PhDc, ARNP (GNP-BC; FNP-BC), FAANP

    Michael Huggins is an educator and a clinician with many years’ experience. Board certified in both geriatric medicine and family medicine, he maintains an active primary care practice in Washington. He is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Seattle University in Seattle, WA where he directs the Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program. His areas of scholarly research include medical complications within educational environments, general impediments to primary care, and the phenomenon of stigma within the environment of primary medical care.

    Karen Juliano, Ed.D.

    Dr. Karen Juliano has been a Catholic high school administrator for thirty-five years. She has served in inner city, rural and suburban areas, including the dioceses of: Boston, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut; Louisville, Kentucky; Rochester, New York; and Metuchen, New Jersey. Currently, she is principal of Lourdes High School in Rochester, Minnesota.  Dr. Juliano began her career as a high school mathematics teacher and has a lifelong love for the subject. The author of the first dissertation concerning contract law in Catholic and other private schools, Dr. Juliano is a popular presenter at the law symposium and is one of only three persons who have attended every symposium since the beginning. Dr. Juliano has served as an adjunct professor at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She served as a regional representative for the Secondary Department of the NCEA. She is the co-author of articles published in Momentum.

    Rob Mullen, Ph.D.

    Dr. Mullen was named President of Trinity High School in October 2000. A 1977 graduate of Trinity, he returned in August 1982 to begin his career in teaching. He earned a Doctorate in Education in 1998 and holds two other graduate degrees, including a Master's Degree in Religious Studies. He also holds state certification as a secondary school principal. While at Trinity he has held numerous positions - teacher, coach, campus minister, dean of students, director of development, director of special projects and assistant principal. Dr. Mullen has served as a state-certified, quality award senior examiner and is proficient in the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria. He excels in the areas of strategic planning and quality initiatives. He is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and lives with his wife Kathy. They have four children and four grandchildren.

    David J. Peters, Ed.D.

    Dr. David Peters just completed his thirty-fourth year as an educator in the Archdiocese of Omaha. Over the course of those years he has been a middle school teacher, building principal, assisted in opening a newly consolidated school system and currently is head of school of Mount Michael Benedictine School. Mount Michael Benedictine School is an all- boys college preparatory boarding and day high school located in Elkhorn, Nebraska. David received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Creighton University and, in 2002, earned his doctorate in education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He was named, in 2003, outstanding Administrator of the Year for the Archdiocese of Omaha. He has presented at numerous Education Law Symposiums, several NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association) conventions, served on the superintendent’s cabinet, written Nebraska state curriculum guides in math and science, and served on various Archdiocese of

    Omaha boards and committees. From 2007-2015 David served as the Region 9 representative (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska) on the NCEA Department of Elementary Schools Executive Committee. He recently served on the new NCEA Lead. Learn. Proclaim Advisory Council for Marketing. David was fortunate to have led two schools that were honored with the National Blue Ribbon recognition by the U.S. Department of Education (St. Stephen the Martyr School, Omaha, Nebraska in 2007 and Mount Michael Benedictine School, Elkhorn, Nebraska in 2012). He is the co-author of the Beginner’s Guide to International Student Programs in Catholic Schools published by the NCEA in 2015.

    Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D., Ph.D.

    Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy is a Sister of Charity of Nazareth who has taught at all levels of Catholic education from elementary through graduate school. She served eight years as principal of a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Boston. Sister Angie holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in English, a master’s degree in Education, a Juris Doctorate in Law, and a Ph.D. in educational administration and supervision. Her research concerns the law as it affects Catholic schools and church ministry. A consultant to numerous dioceses, Sister Angie is a highly sought after national speaker and the author of over thirty texts. She has held many administrative posts in higher education. Currently, Sister is Senior Distinguished Fellow of Catholic Education in the Center for Catholic Education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of numerous awards. Named one of the 25 most influential persons in Catholic education, she is the recipient of the 2017 Seton President’s Award.

  • Topics across the two days for panel presentation and discussion will include:

    • Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Realities of Fundraising and Friend Raising;
    • Legal Issues and Application In Pandemic Times
    • Medical Issues
    • Lessons Learned & Moving Forward (a panel presentation); and
    • Technology/Online Learning.



  • August 2017

    "I have attended the Law Symposium for several years now. The Symposium helps me as an educator, leader, and administrator to understanding and appreciate what is going on in school law. The updates are beneficial, the presentations are practical, and the candid conversations help me throughout the school year. If you are discerning summer professional development, I strongly encourage you to attend the Law Symposium."

    Michael Bratcher, Ed.D.
    Principal, Sacred Heart Model School
    Louisville, Kentucky


    January 2018

    "I mark my calendar every year with the symposium dates.  It provides a wonderful opportunity to stay abreast of the ever-changing rules and regulations that impact education on a daily basis.  The variety of topics offers something for everyone and the presentations are rich and engaging."

    Dr. Debbie Hall
    Chairperson, Social Studies Department
    Presentation Academy, Louisville, Kentucky


    January 2018

    "The School Law Symposium provides information on legal issues affecting schools and dioceses across many different areas.  Each year is new and addresses current challenges.  This should be a 'must attend' on everyone in Catholic administration’s list."

    Sandra Leatherwood
    Superintendent of Catholic Schools
    Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina 


    January 2018

    "The annual Education Law Symposium is an opportunity to bring together educators in dialogue regarding the current societal challenges faced by our Catholic schools in working with our educators, students and parents. With the diversity of issues that can overwhelm, this conference provides a framework of understanding of legal issues through outstanding presenters and deep conversation.  It keeps diocesan and school personnel strong in serving our students in the best legal context possible and should be a priority focus for attendance by dioceses and schools each year."

    Sally Todd
    Interim Superintendent 
    Diocese of Orange, California 


    September 2017

    "I was fortunate to be a part of the Education Law Symposium at its inception in 2003 and have been a presenter and a participant 14 out of the last 15 years. My professional roles have evolved from teacher to principal to higher education, but the Education Law Symposium has remained an integral part of my continued professional development. I am always eager to encourage others to attend and each year look forward to expanding my collegial network of those committed to the ministry of education."

    Sarah Wannemuehler, Ed.D.
    Associate Professor
    Director of Early Field Experience
    University of Southern Indiana


The 2020 Law Symposium is an online event for 2020 and is free to attend. Please register online.

If you have previously submitted your Education Law Symposium registration, please email for steps to receive your refund.