Maine Independent School Law Seminar

***Original Date Rescheduled Due to Snow***

Maine Independent School Law Workshop
March 28, 2017  - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Senator Inn
Augusta, ME

Please join ISANNE and Pat Peard, Kai McGintee and Ron Schneider from ISANNE Corporate Partner Bernstein Shur to discuss pressing issues related to Maine Independent Schools. This event will directly follow the Legislative Breakfast hosted by MAIS and Bob Howe.


9:00 – 10:00 - Top Ten Workplace Investigation Fails:  Join Sara Hellstedt and Ann Freeman for a spirited review of the ten most frequent (and costly) workplace investigation failures.  Ann and Sara will explain potential pitfalls and provide practical tips on how to avoid them.
10:00 – 10:45 - Background Checks and Mandatory Reporting Obligations:   Kai McGintee will provide an overview of the 2015 changes in Maine's mandatory reporting law, including the new training requirements.  Kai will also discuss the importance of employee background checks and how they can be used effectively to screen out high-risk candidates.
BREAK 10:45-11:00
11:00 – 12:00 - Maine Recreational Marijuana Law & Social Media Policies for Employees: Ron Schneider will give an overview of Maine's Recreational Marijuana law and discuss best practices for schools in the wake of this law.  Ron will also give you the tools you need to draft an enforceable social media policy for employees.
LUNCH 12:00 -1:00
1:00 – 2:00 - Hot Topics for Independent Schools: Pat Peard will round up the seminar with an overview of hot topics for schools, ranging from transgender community members to the status of the DOL's overtime rules to I-9 documentation. Pat will also discuss the importance of drone policies.

Please register by MArch 17.

Registration is $129 per person and includes morning refreshments, lunch and conference materials.


Pat Peard

Patricia Peard is the chair of the firm’s Education Law Group and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and Litigation Group. She is also a member of Bernstein Shur’s board of directors.

Pat practices in all areas of employment and labor law and counsels management in compliance issues under state and federal law, including the ADA, Title VII, and Title IX. Her practice has a special emphasis on the needs of colleges, universities and private secondary schools. Pat has spoken extensively on these issues, including FERPA, admission policies, contract compliance, legal issues for advisors and teachers, tenure standards, bullying and sexual harassment.

Prior to practicing law, Pat was a member of the history department at Philips Exeter Academy.

Pat’s clients include the University of Maine System, the Maine College of Art, the University of New England, the Maine Association of Independent Schools, and several private secondary schools.

Pat is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for her work in labor and employment law and education law. She is rated AV pre-eminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Kai McGintee

Kai McGintee is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and Education Law Group. Kai provides practical advice and preventive training to her clients on a broad range of workplace issues, including performance management, leaves of absence, employee relations, wage and hour compliance, anti-harassment, retaliation and discrimination laws, and the reasonable accommodation process. She drafts handbooks, policies and procedures for legal compliance and to ensure that best practices are followed.

Beyond her work representing corporate employers, Kai has a special focus representing colleges, universities and private secondary schools on both employment and education law matters, including tenure decisions, student matters, FERPA, affiliation agreements and Title IX.

Kai has litigated numerous employment cases in state and federal court, and routinely represents employers and educational institutions before the Maine Human Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Unemployment Compensation Commission. Kai has also argued cases at the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

In addition to her counseling and litigation practice, Kai conducts internal investigations for employers and educational institutions on a variety of workplace issues. She has obtained specialized training to conduct workplace and Title IX investigations and received certifications from the Association of Workplace Investigators and Title IX ASAP Trainers. Kai frequently speaks on the topic of investigations and has authored several articles on the topic.

Kai is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, where she served as the Case Note and Comment Editor on the Maine Law Review. 

Kai is a former board member of The Telling Room, a non-profit writing center for children located in Portland, Maine. She also represents victims of domestic violence on pro bono matters in state court. Kai is recognized as a 2013 Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers for her work in labor and employment.

Ron Schneider

Ron is co-chair of Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and a member of the Litigation Group with a focus on employment and health care law. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for employment law and commercial litigation. He brings a practical and adaptable approach to the representation of his clients to ensure that he works to achieve their goals. He has experience counseling clients to avoid litigation, resolving disputes prior to litigation and fully and aggressively litigating cases to successful conclusions.

Ron’s practice includes all aspects of employment law, including Title VII claims, the ADA, whistleblower claims, employee misconduct and theft, employment agreements, non-compete agreements, investigations, discipline, terminations and the FMLA. With respect to commercial litigation, his practice focuses on business contract disputes, arbitration and insurance coverage.

Ron’s health care practice involves representing hospitals and various medical and mental health care professionals on a wide variety of legal issues, including HIPAA and state laws regarding patient confidentiality, recoupment issues, Certificate of Need, peer review process, exclusion and debarment, and general practice issues. He also represents health care professionals before licensing boards. An important part of Ron’s practice is focused on the representation of health care professionals charged with crimes. He understands the need for discretion and has successfully resolved many sensitive criminal matters.

Ron was the first chair of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services, a state agency charged with providing high quality representation to criminal defendants, juvenile defendants and parents in child protective cases consistent with federal and state constitutional and statutory obligations.

Prior to joining Bernstein Shur, Ron clerked in the Maine Superior Court in Portland, serving Justices Arthur Brennan, Susan Calkins, Roland Cole, Nancy Mills and Leigh Saufley.


Tue, 03/28/2017


The Senator Inn
284 Western Ave.
Augusta, ME 04330


Maine Independent School Law Seminar 2017

$129 for ISANNE Members: Price includes morning refreshments, lunch and conference materials.