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See You At the NAIS and NBOA Annual Conferences!

McLane Middleton will be well represented at next week's National Association of Independent School's Annual Conference in Atlanta and the National Business Officers Association's Annual Meeting in Nashville.  

Several of our attorneys will be presenting during both conferences on legal trends, information security, transparency, working with your school's board, and working with your legal counsel.

McLane Middleton Speaking Schedule:

NAIS Annual Conference

East Meets West: Local and National Legal Trends to Follow or Avoid
Thursday, March 8 | 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
 
Fusion is not just a type of cuisine. Local, state, and national trends impact all independent schools and affect the expectations of employees, parents, and students. Which trends should you follow and which should you avoid? Which will make your school more competitive, more compliant, and better able to anticipate and avoid legal claims? Explore evolving legal standards from California to Connecticut and find out what schools in other states can expect. Prepare for a wide-ranging, interactive experience!
 
McLane Middleton Attorney Presenting: Susan E. Schorr
Co-Presenter: Michael Blacher (Liebert, Cassidy & Whitmore)
Room number: B207
 
How Transparent Is Your School? New Expectations in School Communications
Thursday, March 8 | 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
 
A new era in school communications is upon us. Parents, alumni, and even the public now expect that a school will communicate with full transparency about matters that impact student safety. From educator sexual misconduct to student sexual assaults, "no comment" is no longer tolerated. Hear from the head of Sidwell Friends, experienced school legal counsel, and a nationally recognized communications firm about how schools are handling stakeholder communications and inquiries from the press.
 
McLane Middleton Attorney Presenting: Linda S. Johnson
Co-Presenters: Bryan Garman (Sidwell Friends School) and Sandy Lish (The Castle Group)
Room number: B211
 
Preparing to Work Collaboratively and Effectively with Your School's Board When Responding to a Crisis
Thursday, March 8 | 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
 
To effectively respond to a crisis, independent school administrators must be able to work collaboratively with the board. Discuss key elements that should be in place in advance of a crisis to facilitate an effective working relationship. First, the trustees and administrators must understand and accept their different, but crucial, roles. Second, both must agree on the values and principles that will guide their decision making. Third, they should establish a process that allows for expeditious decision making and action. Taking these steps initially amid a crisis is extremely difficult and may make the crisis worse.
 
McLane Middleton Attorney Presenting: David Wolowitz
Co-Presenter: Aimeclaire Roche (The Bishop's School)
Room number: B310
 
Working Efficiently and Effectively with Your School's Legal Counsel
Thursday, March 8 | 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
 
Understanding how to work with legal counsel as a team is vital to reducing and managing risks while also containing costs and focusing on preventive, rather than reactive, measures. The presenters have deep experience working inside and outside of independent schools on legal and policy issues. Understanding how best to utilize attorneys is (for better or worse) as skill set that all administrators and board members need to develop. 
 
McLane Middleton Attorney Presenting: David Wolowitz
Co-Presenter: David Hanson (Phillips Exeter Academy)
Room number: B214
 
NBOA Annual Meeting:
 
Information Security, Compliance and Coverage for Independent Schools
Tuesday, March 6 | 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
 
In recent years there has been an explosive growth in the amount of data created, transmitted and stored. Many federal and state laws impose obligations regarding the storage and transmission of personal data. Discover the dangers data storage can pose for independent schools and review laws governing privacy and data security. Examine the steps to mitigate risks and understand how to best respond in the event of a data-security breach.
 
McLane Middleton Attorney Presenting: Cameron G. Shilling
Co-Presenters: Lisa Braiterman (Brewster Academy) and Jeff Olsen (Fred C. Church)

Integrity and trust

At McLane Middleton we establish and maintain long-standing relationships with our clients to help us better achieve their unique goals over time. This approach to building trust requires that our esteemed lawyers and professionals use their broad, in-depth knowledge and work together with integrity to ascertain sound resolutions to legal matters for their clients.

Strength in numbers

McLane Middleton is made up of more than 105 attorneys who represent a broad range of clients throughout the region, delivering customized solutions. As a firm we are recognized as having the highest legal ability rating. The firm is rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized as one of the nation's leading law firms in Chambers USA. Our attorneys are distinguished leaders in their respective practice areas.

Meet Our People

Commitment and collaboration

McLane Middleton's versatile group of attorneys and paralegals become trusted authorities on each case through collaboration. We work with our clients to learn their individual needs first and foremost and, together, we develop comprehensive solutions to their specific legal matters. This approach helps us exceed our clients' expectations efficiently and effectively, client by client, case by case.

Practice Areas

A history of excellence

McLane Middleton was established in 1919 in New Hampshire, and has five offices across two states. However, deep historical roots don't allow you to become innate. Our firm is organized, technological, and knowledgeable. Our history means we are recognized. But our reputation is built on the highest quality of service and experience in very specific areas of law.

The Firm

Intelligence paired with action

Our team continuously seeks opportunities to enhance their professional development and put key learnings to action. The pursuit of further insight guides us to volunteer service opportunities, speaking engagements, and teaching roles. Our lawyers are sought after thought leaders across their industries, and recipients of leadership awards throughout the region.