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Kirk Strang will present at the 2019 WASDA Summer Legal Seminar on July 24-26, 2019, in Sturgeon Bay.  The conference is the largest legal conference for state school district superintendents of the year.  Kirk will be making his annual presentation on changes and updates in school and education law for Wisconsin School Districts.

Kirk Strang will appear at the WASPA Legal Seminar for Experienced Practitioners on July 9-10, 2019, in Sturgeon Bay.  The program is offered by WASPA primarily for Directors of Human Resources for Wisconsin School Districts.

On May 1, 2019, Attorney Shana Lewis will facilitate the Legal Hot Topic: Navigating Cyber Challenges segment at the Association for Wisconsin School Administrator’s New Building Administrators Academy. 

On April 28, 2019, Attorney Jenna Rousseau will be presenting at the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC) State Leadership Conference in Green Bay.

On April 25, 2019, Attorneys Kirk Strang and Shana Lewis will present at the Wisconsin Association of School Personnel Administrators (“WASPA”) Spring Conference.  The program will explore the intersection of school law with law enforcement agencies, procedures, and issues, and school districts’ work with law enforcement officials.

On April 23, 2019, Attorney Geoffrey Lacy will present to international students at Lawrence University on immigration options following graduation.

Kirk Strang appeared at the 2019 Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (“WASDA”) Annual Educational Conference in Madison on April 11, 2019.  Kirk reviewed hot topics and recent developments in school law.  The Conference is for all Wisconsin School District Superintendents. 

Kirk Strang performed with the legendary Superintendencies at the 2019 WASDA Annual Educational Conference in Madison on the night of April 11, 2019 (Kirk’s birthday).  The name of the Superintendencies’ tour for this year will be finalized as soon as band leaders Bryce Bird and Bob Berndt are in the mood. It can safely be said that this performance will be unlike anything that anyone has seen or heard before.  Stay tuned for details.

On April 9, 2019, Attorney Shana Lewis presented the Legal Update at the CESA 4 PAC meeting in West Salem, Wisconsin.

On March 22, 2019, Chad Wade presented a special education legal update at the CESA 11 Regional Service Network meeting in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin.

On March 1, 2019, Attorney Shana Lewis presented on the topic of School District Human Resources to the Law, Media, and Marketing Class offered through the Edgewood College Educational Doctorate Program.

On February 8, 2019, Jenna Rousseau and Chad Wade presented at the Western Wisconsin Education Conference in La Crosse.  The Western Wisconsin Education Conference is an annual event open to teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, school board members, parents, and anyone interested in education. 

On February 7, 2019 Chad Wade presented at the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services Winter Conference in Appleton Wisconsin.  Attorney Wade presented on Functional Behavior Assessments and best practices for evaluating student behavioral issues.  The WCASS winter conference is held annually with programs focused on cutting edge information and best practices in the field of educating students with disabilities.

On February 6, 2019, Kirk Strang appeared at the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators Middle and High School Principals Conference in Madison. Kirk discussed legal and technology challenges and solutions for high school principals.

On January 23, 2019, the firm’s attorneys presented a legal update and reception during the 98th Annual Wisconsin State Education Convention on important issues facing Wisconsin’s schools including: 

  • Managing Public Comment Periods at School Board Meetings
  • Common Mistakes in Student Suspensions & Expulsions
  • Critical Protocols for Holding Lawful Closed Meetings
  • Essential Tips for Renewing & Non-Renewing Administrator Contracts

On January 8, 2019, Chad Wade presented a Special Education Legal Update at the Regional Services Network meeting at CESA 3 in Fennimore.  The presentation includes updates on recent case law, common special education placement issues, and Section 504 plans. 

On December 12, 2018, Attorneys Tony Renning and Chad Wade presented a legislative update to the Oshkosh Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM).  The legislative update is an annual program reviewing new labor and employment legislation and case law from the previous year.  

Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. is pleased to announce that Kirk Strang was selected to the 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyer’s list and Jenna Rousseau has been selected to the 2018 Rising Star list. 

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We are pleased to announce that Attorney Rick Manthe has joined the law firm of Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c., working in the firm’s Madison office.  He will represent both public and private sector clients in the areas of School and Higher Education Law, Labor and Employment, and Municipal Law. Before joining the firm, he served as Legal Counsel/Lobbyist for the Wisconsin Towns Association. 

Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. is pleased to announce that Attorney Chad P. Wade has been promoted to Shareholder at the firm.  Chad practices primarily in the areas of School and Higher Education Law with a focus on Special Education Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Municipal Law.  Chad regularly works with school district clients on education law issues, including pupil special education and disability accommodation matters.   Chad also assists school districts and other public sector clients with employment relations matters, public records, open meetings, and other issues that concern governmental bodies.  Chad provides counsel in a variety of labor and employment matters, including legal compliance and defense of employers under the FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, and discrimination laws, and has experience drafting and implementing a wide range of employment policies.  Chad is actively involved in various professional organizations including the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association (member), Wisconsin Council of Administrators or Special Services (member), National Society of Human Resource Managers (member) and Oshkosh Area Society of Human Resource Managers (Past President).  He is involved in the community, serving as Chair of the Leadership Oshkosh Criminal Justice Day Committee, Board Member of the Fond du Lac Area United Way, and Past President of Fox Cities Curling, Inc.

On November 16, 2018, Chad Wade presented a Special Education Legal Update at a Regional Services Network meeting for CESA 4 in West Salem.  Attorney Wade presented on a variety of legal topics including open enrollment, the special needs scholarship program, accommodation issues, and other topics. 

Strang Patteson again provided continuing legal education for Wisconsin school superintendents at the Fall Regional meetings of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA).  The WASDA Fall Regionals were held at locations across the state, including Eau Claire, Stevens Point, Green Bay, Pewaukee, and Richland Center.

Firm attorneys discussed a number of issues pertinent to school district superintendents, including the ins and outs of school administrator contracts, effective use of the school district’s legal counsel, and recent legal developments concerning student rights, school employment issues, and school district government, to name a few.  The program also featured an extensive question and answer section for administrators to ask about issues of concern to them.

On November 8-9, 2018, Kirk Strang presented at the Wisconsin Association of School Personnel Administrators Directors’ Conference in Elkhart Lake.  The annual conference provides a series of programs on school district human resources issues for school district human resources directors from around the state.

On October 25, 2018, Attorney Shana Lewis presented to the Wisconsin Association of School Superintendent Assistants (WASSA) on the subject of preparing for and conducting special meetings, including annual meetings, pupil expulsion hearings, school district boundary meetings, budget hearings, and more.

On October 14, and 15, 2018, Attorney Shana Lewis presented a School Law Update for Advisors at Wisconsin Association of School Councils’ 2018 Fall Leadership Institute in Waunakee and Madison.

On September 25, 2018, Attorney Chad Wade presented at the Mental Health and Behavior Summit in Wisconsin Dells.  The Summit is an annual program held by Cooperative Educational Service Agency #5.  Attorney Wade presented on two topics at the Summit:  Seclusion and Physical Restraint in the School Environment and Functional Behavior Assessment/Behavior Intervention Plans. 

Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession:

Kirk D. Strang, Education Law; Labor Law-Management

Shana R. Lewis, Education Law; Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment

Geoffrey A. Lacy, Employment Law-Management; Immigration Law; Labor Law-Management

On August 14, 2018, Kirk Strang appeared at the CESA #11 Legal Summit. 

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