Members of the Firm's Education law practice, Jenna A. Rottenberg and Jason Isom, will participate as featured presenters for the New Jersey School Boards Association addressing school leaders and board of education members on vital board governance and education law issues during the association's Legal Training Bootcamp.
NJSBA's Legal Bootcamp will be offered to school leaders and board members Saturday, April 16th at Harrison High School from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. To register visit www.njsba.org.
Jenna and Jason, attorneys in the Firm's education group, were asked by the NJSBA to give encore presentations of the well-attended lectures they gave during the 2015 Annual Workshop. The Firm regularly participates as a Gold Sponsor of the NJSBA Annual Workshop event which is held in Atlantic City in October.
Jenna will present "Religion and Public Schools - When Tolerance Becomes Too Much" which will address the new challenges districts face relating to religion and religious tolerance. The talk will dive into the debate over what holidays should be included on the school’s calendar, what prayer accommodations must be made during the school day and whether or not Halloween costumes are the “mark of the devil." She will be joined by Hope R. Blackburn, Esq., General Counsel, and Carlyne Turner-Beverly, Esq. Assistant General Counsel of Jersey City Public Schools. The presentation will be held at 10:45 a.m.
Jenna represents multiple boards of education, including the Jersey City Board of Education, in all areas of school law including labor and employment law matters, personnel issues, issues relating to students, the Open Public Records Act and general oversight. She is a sought after speaker and has conducted presentations at professional workshops and training sessions sponsored by various professional associations, including the New Jersey School Boards Association.
Jason will present "Board Member Participation in Interviews: Pitfalls and Best Practices" during the 9:30 a.m. session. The presentation will examine the role board members play in the interview process. It will include discussion on limitations on board member participation, eligible positions and best practices to ensure an equitable process. The presentation will also touch on state rules and regulations governing the interview process.
Jason provides day-to-day legal advice to multiple school districts on a wide range of complex issues. He serves as co-lead attorney for the Willingboro and Neptune school districts and also represents others including the Camden Public School District.
Led by Partner Lester E. Taylor III, Esq, the firm's Education Practice Group provides a broad range of legal counseling and services to some of the largest school districts in the state and institutions of higher learning. Our attorneys counsel school board members on a myriad of issues from special education and related services, discipline and harassment intimidation and bullying, to labor and employment matters, including tenure hearings and increment withholdings, collective negotiations, arbitrations, unfair practice charges, and harassment and disability claims.