2019 Martha McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute

May 17, 2019

Online registration for the 2019 McCarthy Institute is now open. The Institute is free for all IU faculty, students, and staff, and will cost $25 for all others. Also, attorneys may earn 4.5 CLE credits, including 2.5 ethics credits, for attendance.

2019 Speakers



9:45 a.m.Welcome & Continental Breakfast (SoE Auditorium)
  • Suzanne Eckes, J.D., Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Janet Decker, J.D., Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Dionne Danns, Ph.D., Indiana University
10-11 a.m.Hot Topics in Education Law in 2018-2019 (SoE Auditorium)
  • John Borkowski, J.D., Husch Blackwell
  • Dena Cushenberry, Ed.D.
  • Wayne Haglund, J.D., Haglund Law Firm
  • Stephen Seedorf, Ed.D., Frontier Academy

Facilitator: Allison Fetter-Harrott, J.D., Ph.D., Franklin College
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.Breakout Sessions on Hot Topics in Education Law (SoE Classrooms)
  • Employment law basics for public school leaders with Alli Fetter-Harrott - ED 1225
  • Does the Establishment Clause still matter, or is everything now a religious right? with Wayne Haglund - ED 1220
  • Why, when, and who should contact the Department of Child Protective Services in K-12 schools with Dena Cushenberry - ED 1004
  • Legalities around emergency mental health holds for students in K-12 schools with Stephen Seedorf - Auditorium
  • New Title IX regulations with John Borkowski - ED 1006
12 - 12:45 p.m.Lunch (SoE Atrium & Second Floor Balcony)
12:45 p.m.IUSAA Awards (SoE Atrium)
1 - 2 p.m.Keynote Speaker
  • Martha McCarthy, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University, "Student Expression in a Digital Age"
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.Panel on School Safety/Search and Seizure/SRO (SoE Auditorium)
  • Séamus Boyce, J.D., Church Church Hittle + Antrim
  • Kevin McKenna, J.D., Latsha Davis & McKenna
  • Hardy Murphy, Ph.D., Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Jacqueline Stefkovich, J.D., Ed.D., Penn State University

Facilitator: Jennifer Rippner, J.D., Ph.D., Indiana University
3:15 - 4 p.m.Law & Policy Table Topics (SoE Atrium)
Participants can select a table with a designated topic for discussions with the following facilitators.
  • Susan Bon, J.D., Ph.D, University of South Carolina: Updates and highlights from SPED cases in 2018-2019
  • Christine Kiracofe, Ed.D., Purdue University: Can you legally hold public school graduation ceremonies in a church?
  • Elizabeth T. Lugg, J.D., Ph.D., Illinois State University: Laws and legal guidelines pertinent to the delivery of school psychological services
  • Mark Paige, J.D., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth: Regulation and discipline of teacher off-campus conduct including legal use of marijuana
  • Angela Balsley, Ed.D., Earlywood Educational Services: Using legal literacy to advocate for policy change