Successful Education Law Symposium Informs Catholic School Educators and Leaders

The 19th annual Education Law Symposium drew more than 200 participants for the two-day virtual event.

Leesburg, VA – Sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and Loyola Marymount School of Education’s Center for Catholic Education (LMU), the Education Law Symposium, a virtual event July 7 – 8, offered information and updates on pressing legal issues and how they affect Catholic schools. The well-received symposium was found to be good to excellent by nearly 100 percent of the participants.

"As we begin to prepare for the new school year, the information gained will be vital in meeting the social and emotional needs of our students who have struggled with spiritual and physical effects of COVID," said Marisa Bagala, principal of St. Mary’s Nativity School, Raceland, LA.

Experts on relevant legal issues delivered a mix of live and on-demand sessions. Opening prayers and morning welcomes launched each day and a session schedule of timely topics followed including: school law, custody and privacy questions, faculty and student handbooks, inclusion, personnel, public policy, medicine, technology and social media, and post-COVID safety protocols.

Special guests addressed participants throughout the symposium. NCEA President/CEO Lincoln Snyder; Dr. Michelle Young, dean of Loyola Marymount University; Kathy Mears, NCEA; Father Shayne Duball, pastor of St. Raphael parish in Louisville; and Father John Bambrick, pastor of St. Aloysius in Jackson, NJ, were part of a knowledgeable all-star lineup of speakers. The symposium closed with an open panel discussion that went over time to accommodate participant questions that ranged from COVID-related topics to federal policies affecting Catholic schools to tenets of Canon Law.

Plans are underway to hold the Twentieth Annual Education Law Symposium at the iconic Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY, July 7 – 10, 2022.

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