Legal Day with Mary Gerbig and Associates of Buelow, Vetter, LLC, Attorneys at Law


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Agency: CESA 7
Agency Contact: Becky Spengler
Agency Assistant: Christine Larson 920-617-5628
Location: Holiday Inn - Manitowoc
4601 Calumet Ave
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Facility: Meeting Room
2/11/2020 12:45 PM - 04:30 PM Check in 12:30

Join Buelow Vetter Attorneys Alana Leffler, Brian Waterman, Saveon Grenell, Brett Scheppner and Mary Gerbig for a legal update on trending issues in Sec. 504, school discipline and investigations, managing school threats, the ever changing open enrollment law and new wage and hour rules.


12:45 - 12:50

Welcome and overview of the sessions - Mary Gerbig

12:50 - 1:20  

Top Tips and Traps for IDEA and Sec. 504 - Alana Leffler and Mary Gerbig

1:20 - 1:40

Investigations and More Tips for Title IX, Pupil Nondiscrimination and Harassment Claims  - Brian Waterman and Alana Leffler

1:40 - 2:40 

Sharing Information with Law Enforcement, SRO Agreements, Managing School Threats, Mandated Reporting and Discipline  - Alana Leffler, Saveon Grenell, Brett Scheppner and Mary Gerbig

2:40 - 2:50

Open Enrollment Update - (Update on rule changes) - Mary Gerbig

2:50 - 3:00

Wage and Hour Update - Rule Changes - Brian Waterman

3:00 - 3:30

Panel Discussion - Bring your questions for the panel -  Brian Waterman, Brett Schnepper, Saveon Grenell and Mary Gerbig


 Social network time

Who should attend: PK-12 Administrative Leaders who are faced with current school issues related to mental health, discipline, open enrollment, IEPs vs 504 Plans, and are interested in special education and general education updates.

Registration is FREE due to the generous sponsorship of Buelow Vetter,  Attorneys at Law


Mary Gerbig:

Mary Gerbig serves as counsel to numerous school districts throughout Wisconsin on general school law, special education, and labor and employment matters. The primary client base she serves includes school districts, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA) and other municipal employers. She has extensive experience with Wisconsin school districts and the correlating regulatory agencies. She has represented school districts in numerous student special education and discrimination hearings and mediations under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Alana Leffler:

Alana’s practice focuses primarily on advising public and private schools in the areas of general school law, special education law, and labor and employment law. She counsels clients on topics such as: student discipline; student bullying and harassment; Title IX; open meetings; public records; school board policies; special education mediation and due process; employee misconduct investigations; sexual harassment; employee discipline and dismissal; and issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act.

Alana regularly presents on topics related to general school law, special education law, and labor and employment law. She has collaborated with public and private schools to train school staff regarding legal requirements and best practices. In addition, she has co-taught graduate-level school law courses/seminars at Alverno College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and she has guest lectured at the Marquette University Law School’s Education Law course.

Brian Waterman:

Brian’s experience owning and operating a successful business makes him a valuable resource for our clients because of his first-hand experience as an employer dealing with business contracts and agreements, recruiting and managing employees, as well as administering personnel policies and benefits programs.

Brian is focused on advising public and private employers on a variety of labor and employment legal issues. He assists employers with issues such as discrimination and harassment, discipline and discharge, wage disputes, medical leaves and reasonable accommodation, workplace safety, union avoidance, labor negotiations, contract interpretation, grievance arbitration, unfair labor practice claims, and other labor and employment matters. Brian has counseled public school districts on issues such as discipline, public records/open meetings, school board policies, and other general school matters.

Brian has successfully represented employers in various labor and employment disputes before state and federal agencies, including the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division, the Wisconsin Labor Standards Bureau, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board.

He has drafted workplace policies, employee handbooks, employment agreements, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, severance agreements and settlement agreements. He has also led investigations into workplace conduct and has conducted workforce training for clients on various employment topics.

Brett Schnepper:

Brett’s practice focuses on advising both public and private sector clients with benefit, retirement, and welfare plan design and potential issues. Brett provides advice regarding Internal Revenue Code, COBRA, HIPAA, and ERISA compliance. Brett also handles litigation, defending public and private employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

Before joining Buelow Vetter, Brett worked for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation where he represented the State of Illinois in administrative hearings on the enforcement of consumer protection laws, negotiated settlement agreements, and provided legal opinions on the application of proposed legislation to regulated industries.

Saveon Grenell:

Saveon represents municipalities and public school clients in employment and labor law, as well as litigation. He is an experienced litigator, coming to Buelow Vetter from his role as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Milwaukee. He also served Milwaukee Public Schools in labor negotiations, employee discipline and other employment law matters.

Due to changing policies in many of our CESA 7 School District accounting offices, CESA 7 requests that all workshop fees be paid in advance with a check or purchase order. If it is not possible for you to secure payment from your school district prior to the workshop, we suggest that you pay personally and request reimbursement from your school district. Receipts will be available. CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations must be faxed (920-492-5965) or e-mailed five (5) working days prior to the date of the event. We are unable to provide refunds for no shows. DIETARY ACCOMMODATIONS: Due to varied dietary restrictions, CESA 7 cannot guarantee that all special dietary accommodations can be met. CESA 7 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary restrictions with advance notice, but please plan accordingly. PHOTO/VIDEO: By registering for this event, I authorize CESA 7 to record on photograph, film, videotape or otherwise, my name, likeness, image, voice and performance during my participation in this event. My name, likeness, and voice, as well as excerpts of the recordings may be used for training, publicizing, and promoting. To opt out of the image release, attendees must notify the contact person for this event.