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Clark Hill Attorneys Robert Lusk and Barbara Ruga to Present Clark Hill Institute

August 18, 2008

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Clark Hill attorneys Robert Lusk and Barbara Ruga will present the Clark Hill Institute to area school administrators and leaders. Partnering with the West Michigan Risk Management Trust, the Clark Hill Institute will provide an overview of the most commonly faced legal issues by public school administrators. Topics covered will include Employee Evaluation and Discipline, Contract Administration and Grievance Handling; Student Discipline, the Child Protection Law, FERPA and operating within the Special Education Laws.

“This Institute was developed to provide school administrators with practical advice in order to enhance teaching, learning, and effective school operations,” Barb Ruga explained. “Schools are highly regulated employers and their management needs to understand the parameters that affect their decision making on a daily basis.”

The Institute is meeting in a local high school and will be repeated in September.

Robert A. Lusk is a member of Clark Hill’s Birmingham office, and focuses his practice in the areas of education and labor and employment law. He is the Practice Group Leader of the firm’s School and Municipal Practice Group.

Mr. Lusk has significant experience counseling and representing clients in federal and Michigan courts and administrative agencies in a wide variety of areas, including constitutional law, civil rights law, labor and employment law, tenure law, special education law, tort law and insurance law.

Mr. Lusk is the co-author of Employment-At-Will: A 1987 State-By-State Survey (Michigan update), published by the National Employment Law Institute, and the author of “Arbitrating Employment Discrimination and Wrongful Discharge Claims,” published in the Journal of Individual Employment Rights, Vol. 1(2), 1992. He is the past president of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys, and is a frequent lecturer and speaker for numerous clients and organizations, including the National Association of School Boards, the Michigan Association of School Boards, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, LRP National Institute, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Oakland University’s School of Education.

Barbara A. Ruga is a member in the firm’s Grand Rapids office where she practices in the School and Municipal and Labor & Employment Law practice groups. Barb has significant experience with a wide range of employment and school law matters where she primarily represents public school districts. In addition to her legal expertise, Barb is a frequent speaker in public school districts where she addresses employment and school law issues for the Michigan Negotiators Association as well as for the Michigan Institute of Educational Management, and the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators. She was the 2007 recipient of the Harlow Claggett award from the Michigan Negotiators Association for her contributions to collective bargaining for public schools.

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