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Clark Hill Attorneys Kurt M. Graham and Barbara A. Ruga Present During the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials' (NASSLEO) 46th Annual Conference

August 20, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Clark Hill attorneys Kurt M. Graham and Barbara A. Ruga presented at the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials' (NASSLEO) 46th annual conference on July 28, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Graham and Ruga presented "Balancing School Safety with Student Rights" and discussed how to strike the proper balance between ensuring a safe school environment for students and complying with your District's legal obligations. 

NASSLEO is dedicated to providing professional information, training and other resources available to school districts, charter schools, private educational institutions and law enforcement agencies across the nation and Canada. NASSLEO is a non-profit, membership-funded organization that is here for anyone, even non-members who need information or assistance on keeping our schools safe.

Graham is a Senior Attorney in Clark Hill’s Education & Municipal and Labor & Employment Practice Groups. He advises school districts and employers in avoiding liability under various state and federal employment laws. He has significant experience representing school districts and private sector employers in labor relations matters such as the administration of collective bargaining agreements, grievance arbitrations, investigations, employee discipline, and responding to unfair labor practice charges.

Ruga is a member in Clark Hill’s Education and Municipal Practice Group as well as the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. For more than 37 years, she has been advising and counseling public school districts and businesses on a wide variety of labor law and employment issues. Ruga has extensive experience negotiating teacher contracts in a context of scarce resources. She has also handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, fact-findings and related employment litigation. She advocates for prevention through education, and to that end specializes in employee training programs.

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