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Family Law for Schools:

Who's the "Parent," Who Has Legal Rights, and Why It Matters

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

1:00 - 2:15 EST



Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq.

About the Presenter

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School employees encounter students from a wide array of backgrounds and families… those whose parents are divorced, those who live with individuals other than their parents, those who are in the foster care system, those whose parents are incarcerated, those who are living on their own, students who are homeless, etc.  It is often difficult to know what rules apply in different, sometimes very complicated, situations.  Can a step-parent view a child’s medical records without specific authorization?  Can a custodial grandparent without legal guardianship agree to related services in an IEP?  What rights do foster parents have?  This session provides a practical approach to determining who has rights with regards to a student and what role non-parents may play in the education of a child.   Atty. Gilsbach provides informational graphics, quick-reference guides, procedural tips, and memorable case studies to reinforce the lessons learned in this session.

In this session, Atty. Erin D. Gilsbach takes a legally-complex subject and distills it into clear, understandable, and practical information and tools that schools can use to ensure that they are effectively meeting the needs of all students while protecting their rights.  This session is ideal for all public and non-public school employees, including public, non-public and charter school teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, coaches/activities coordinators, and other school personnel.  ALL school employees need this training!


About the Presenter:

Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq. is the Executive Director of EdLaw Interactive (  An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics, Atty. Gilsbach provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations.  A former high school English teacher who served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel, Atty. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for 5 consecutive years.  She currently services as the Immediate Past-President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA).  She is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for NSBA, COSA, PSBA, the National Business Institute (NBI), LRP’s National Institute, and the Education Law Association (ELA).  Attorney Gilsbach was named the 2018 Distinguished Speaker at the annual Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education.  Atty. Gilsbach has authored a book on public school obligations to students with medical needs, which is scheduled to be published by LRP publications in the summer of 2019.    

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