Continuing Legal Education

Bullying and School Violence: Issues and Best Practices

May 2, 2014
8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
5.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S Clark St, Suite 900
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As an attorney working in the educational arena, it is important that you acquire the skills necessary to aid in the prevention and intervention of school-related bullying! Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your knowledge of why school-related bullying occurs and how to minimize instances of bullying in the educational environment. Education attorneys, child law practitioners, and general practice lawyers with intermediate practice experience who attend this full-day seminar will better understand:

  • What schools can do to help victims of bullying;
  • The Illinois policy initiatives that address school-based bullying, including legislation and the Statewide Taskforce;
  • How to manage the crisis situation that may result from bullying-related behavior;
  • How a school’s architectural design can enhance student security and create a safe learning environment;
  • The legal issues associated with bullying at school;
  • How other states are addressing and preventing bullying in school;
  • The ethical issues that can arise when dealing with school-related bullying issues; and
  • Much more!

Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Walter J. Zukowski, Zukowski Law Offices, Peru


Walter J. Zukowski, Zukowski Law Offices, Peru



Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.  The Problem: Causes of Bullying in our Public Schools
There has been an alarming increase in school violence over the past several years, and many of these incidents are the result of bullying. This segment explores why school-related bullying occurs, how victims of bullying respond, and what schools can do to help students develop better coping skills.
Lynn Owens, School Social Worker, Schaumburg School District 54, Schaumburg
Dolly Mandrelle, Schaumburg School District 54, Schaumburg
Dr. Christina Conolly-Wilson, Director of Crisis Intervention and Safety, Waukegan Public Schools, Waukegan

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Best Practices for Dealing with School-Related Bullying
Learn how the occurrence of bullying incidents can be minimized with this informative presentation. Topics include: Illinois policy initiatives that address school-based bullying; legislation and the Statewide Taskforce on school bullying; and managing the crisis situation that results from bullying and bullying-related behavior.
Dr. Amy Kruppe, Superintendent, Niles Elementary School District 71, Niles
Hon. Darlene J. Ruscitti, Regional Superintendent of Schools, DuPage County Regional Office of Education, Wheaton
Brooke R. Whitted, Whitted, Cleary & Takiff, LLC, Northbrook

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch Served (provided)

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.  The Role of the School Lawyer: Ethical Considerations in School Safety/Security Incidents – Part 1*
As a school attorney, it is important that you know how to navigate through the complex responsibilities and duties associated with safety and security issues, including the ethical considerations that can arise.
Everett E. Nicholas, Jr., Robbins Swartz Nicholas Lifton & Taylor, Ltd., Decatur

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  The Future of School Design: Aesthetically Pleasing or a Prison? (MCLE credit unknown)
Gain a better understanding of what can be done from an architectural perspective to balance the need for security, while simultaneously creating a learning environment for students. A discussion on staff and students training to help neutralize potentially dangerous crises is also included.
Jonathan E. Monken, Director, Emergency Management Agency, Springfield
Paul Timm, Physical Security Professional, RETA Security, Inc., Lemont
Jim Woods, FGM Architects, Oakbrook

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.  Protecting Our Students from a Legal Perspective: Legal Issues Associated with Bullying
This segment focuses on the current status of the law in Illinois regarding bullying and school violence. A look at what is going on in other states – as well as best practice tips – is included.
Jeff Aranowski, General Counsel, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago
Anthony Ficarelli, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Lisle
Sarah Schriber, Policy Director, Illinois Safe School Alliance, Chicago

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.  The Role of the School Lawyers: Ethical Considerations in School Safety/Security Incidents – Part 2*
This presentation guides the legal practitioner through the complex ethical issues associated with school bullying and violence issues.
Robert P. Lyons, Associate General Counsel, Illinois Education Association, Chicago


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval