School Law Conference Talks Transgender Students & Employees

August 31, 2015

The 10th Annual Mel Osterman School Law Conference was held this past summer on August 4 at the Western Turnpike Golf Course in Guilderland, NY. The event featured more than 50 local school officials and law representatives in attendance to learn about the latest updates on legislation and case law affecting schools in New York State.


Jay Worona, Esq., General Counsel for the New York State School Board Association, led off the event by giving an update on legal changes in New York State over the past year. Beth Bourassa of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP spoke on the increasingly important topic of transgender students and employees. The Empire Justice Center has reported that more than 75 percent of transgender youth are bullied and harassed in school.  Her presentation entitled “Accommodating Transgender Students and Employees” provided school officials with ideas for the formation of safer, more tolerant communities for all students and employees. The event also featured presentations on dealing with difficult people in the school setting, APPR and social media issues.

This annual event honors the legacy of Mel Osterman, a supporter of education, the arts, and CASDA. The law firm of Whiteman, Osterman, and Hanna LLP continues to support his initiatives by sponsoring this conference every year.

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