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Members of Clark Hill PLC's Education Practice Group to Present at the 76th Annual MSBO Conference and Exhibit Show, May 6-8, 2014

April 1, 2014


– Ten members of Clark Hill’s Education Practice Group will present at the annual Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO) conference, from May 6th through May 8th at the Amway Grand Hotel & DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Clark Hill attorneys Dana L. Abrahams, James M. Crowley, John L. Gierak, Marshall W. Grate, Kurt M. Graham, Eric C. Griggs, Jenice C. Mitchell Ford, Jeremy S. Motz, Barbara A. Ruga, and Joseph B. Urban will discuss a number of important issues.

The panelists will be presenting on the following: Human Resources Evaluations; Labor and Employment Law Update; Lessons Learned From Forced Dissolution; Planning and Passing a Bond Issue; Hot Topics in School Law; The Profit and Pitfalls of Shared Time Arrangements with Nonpublic Schools; Construction Projects – Clarifying Widespread Misunderstandings about Laws and Procedures; Collective Bargaining with Decreasing Fund Balance; Permissible Expenditures; The Quest to Save Fund Balance, Fundamentals of Purchasing Policies and Procedures; The Impact and Interplay of PA 54 and PA 152 on Insurances and Steps in Negotiations; Life After Freedom-to-Work Legislation and the Prohibition Against Collecting Union Dues; Legal Look at the New Conflict of Interest Laws for You and Your Board; and the Michigan Concussion Laws – Getting your Head in the Game.

Clark Hill education attorneys offer a full-service practice to their clients throughout the State of Michigan, with expertise in public school districts and intermediate school districts. The Education Practice Group serves as general and special counsel in a wide-range of areas, including, but not limited to: board governance and policy matters, general litigation, student and citizen rights and responsibilities, labor and employment matters, business and operations matters, finance and bond matters, and purchasing and competitive bidding.

The MSBO conference will cover all aspects of school management and will feature more than 350 exhibits displaying a wide variety of products and services used by schools. For more information, visit

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