Continuing Legal Education

Vulnerable Students: A Review of Student Rights

December 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
3.25 MCLE hours, including 0.50 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)


Learn how you can help protect the rights of vulnerable students with this half-day seminar!

Gain a better understanding of the issues associated with vulnerable students and how to address student rights in the educational and litigation settings. Attorneys representing juveniles, school districts, and families of students with basic practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • How vulnerable students should be treated within school settings;
  • The unique circumstances surrounding transgender students;
  • How undocumented students can gain access to higher education;
  • The legal issues associated with special education students;
  • How to ensure stability for students in foster care;
  • How “homelessness” is defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA);
  • Knowing who you represent when your client is a student; and
  • Much more!


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Roland R. Cross
, Brown Hay & Stephens LLP, Springfield


NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nominal fee via the registration page.



9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Transgender Students
The Illinois educational system has a duty to ensure that transgender students are treated fairly, that their rights are protected from bullying and harassment, and that they have access to facilities (such as lockers, restrooms, and dormitories) that correspond with their gender identity. This segment equips you with the information you need to help your clients with the unique circumstances surrounding transgender students.
Brian R. Bare, Whitt Law LLC, Aurora

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.  Undocumented Students
Don’t miss this discussion on the ever-evolving area of undocumented students, including the protections schools can put in place and how undocumented students can gain access to higher education.
Claudia E. Castro, Assistant General Counsel, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.  Special Education Students
This presentation offers a comprehensive look at the legal issues associated with special education students, including discipline and physical restraints; the impact of Endew F. v. Douglas County School District; the interplay between the Illinois Administrative Code Part 226 and Part 401; and school districts and Nonpublic Special Education Facilities.
Rupa R. Ramadurai, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Ensuring Stability for Students in Foster Care
Foster care students face enough hurdles and insecurities in their lives without adding educational instability to the mix. This session discusses several issues that can arise with foster care students, including transportation procedures and the dispute resolution process.
Ashley B. Fretthold, Legal Assistance Foundation, Chicago

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Homeless Students
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by the President Obama in 2015 as a follow-up to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act to help ensure the success of both students and schools. This segment examines the legal issues related to homeless students, explains how ESSA defines “homelessness,” and offers registration guidance for residency issues, immigrant pupils, homeless students, and school fees/waiver options.
Beth C. Malik, Law Project for Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.  Ethics: Who is Your Client?*
This presentation navigates the difficult waters of who a lawyer represents when her/his client is a student or family in a school-related matter.
Roland R. Cross, Brown Hay & Stephens LLP, Springfield


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval