Back to School Workshop
with Jim “The Law Dawg” Walsh
and Haley Turner

Jim “The Law Dawg” Walsh and Haley Turner will hit the Texas highways in September, bringing you the annual school law updates you need to get the new school year started off right.

Don’t want to travel?  No problem: There’s a virtual option, too!

Jim Walsh and Haley Turner of Walsh Gallegos Kyle Robinson and Roalson will be at FOUR great locations to cover your essential Back to School content: hot topics, recent court cases, and fresh guidance on the current legal issues that you need to be aware of to do your job well this coming school year.

Register your full leadership team: administrators, counselors, special education staff, school board members, and central office team. This workshop is for everyone!

Registration for the 2023 Back to School workshop is now closed.
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Who This Workshop Is For

  • school principals & other campus-level personnel
  • superintendents
  • school board members
  • school attorneys
  • district administrators

Topics Overview

  • What did the Legislature do? Safety. Personnel Issues. Parents Rights.
  • What did the Legislature do? Curriculum. Library Books and Instructional Materials. Governance.
  • Title IX and its New Regulations
  • Annual Update on Special Education and Section 504

Dates & Locations

Lubbock – Thursday, September 5th, 2024

Region 17 ESC

New Braunfels – Tuesday, September 17th, 2024

New Braunfels Civic & Convention Center

Kilgore – Tuesday, September 24th, 2024

Region 7 ESC

Richardson – Thursday, October 3rd, 2024

Region 10 ESC

Or watch online from October 7th, 2024 – December 23rd, 2024

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  •  The conference sponsors have applied to the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit in the amount of 5 hours (no ethics hours).


  • ADMINISTRATORS: This program may meet local criteria for 5 hours of school administrators’ general management training by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) as providers of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit.

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This Year’s Speakers

Jim Walsh

Walsh Gallegos Kyle Robinson and Roalson

Jim Walsh graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975. In 1983, he was one of the three lawyers who founded the firm now known as Walsh Gallegos Kyle Robinson and Roalson. From the beginning the focus of the firm was on serving public schools—helping the people who help the kids.

In his career of over 40 years, Jim has provided training to all of the Education Service Centers in Texas, numerous statewide organizations, and hundreds of school districts. He is the co-author of The Educator’s Guide to Texas School Law, which is used as a textbook in many higher education programs. He has also authored The Common Sense Guide to Special Education Law. He was the longtime author of the popular “Law Dawg” column in the Texas School Administrators’ Legal Digest and currently produces a daily digital blog, The Law Dawg’s Ed Daily. ( He has taught school law at Texas State, Baylor and St. Edwards Universities.

Jim is a former member of the Board of Directors for the national Council of School Attorneys. In 2017 he was recognized by his peers in the School Law Section of the State Bar with the Kelly Frels Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hayley Turner

Walsh Gallegos Kyle Robinson and Roalson

Haley Turner comes from three generations of public educators – teachers, counselors, nurses, coaches, and administrators – and grew up hearing about every aspect of the issues facing public schools. A third generation Baylor Bear, Haley’s roots have influenced her decision to dedicate her practice to public education.

Haley prides herself in providing practical, results driven counsel, and believes the most effective way to assist public schools is to help build relationships between Superintendents, Boards, and the communities they serve.  To that end, Haley’s practice focuses on employment and student issues, governance and crisis management and preventative training.   

Haley has worked hard to become a highly sought-after speaker at school law conferences and frequently provides training in all areas of school law. She particularly enjoys providing interactive professional development and team building experiences for districts all across the state.


Will my registration be tax-exempt?

Yes, our conference registrations are automatically charged as tax-exempt.

Can I register online with PO (Purchase Order)?

When registering for an ED311 event you can either pay with a credit card, or choose to be invoiced and pay later. If you choose the invoice option, there is a PO field where you can enter your PO#, if you have it. After registering, please email a copy of your purchase order form to Please note that your registration is not considered complete until we receive either your purchase order form or payment (via check, credit card, or ACH).​

Are there multiple registration prices?

We now offer group registration discounts on some events! We also offer a discount if you would like to access your conference materials digitally instead of getting a printed conference workbook. We no longer offer early payment discounts. If you have a very large group of attendees or a group of students that you’d like to send to one of our events, please contact

Do I need to pay in advance for my registration? 

We must receive either a valid purchase order form or payment before the date of your event. Simply filling out the registration form does not complete your registration. Your registration is only considered complete once we have received either an approved purchase order form or payment by check, credit card, or ACH. You can email your purchase order to Registrants of our online virtual events will not receive digital access until we have received your PO or payment. Registrants of an in-person event will not be able to attend the event without a PO or payment.

Can I substitute another person in my place for a conference I am registered for?

Yes. Submit your request via our Substitution Form. Please note that we must receive your substitution request at least 3 business days before the date of the event for your attendee to be included on our list of attendees at the event registration table. If you need to make a last minute substitution, that is not a problem. Just make sure your sub checks in using the original registrant’s name and tell our staff at the registration table that they are a substitute.

 How can I get your W-9?

You can download our W-9 here.

Who can I ask if I have any additional questions?

If you have any further questions, please email Danielle King at

Event Cancellation & Substitution Policy

Cancellations:  In general, we do not issue cancellation refunds. If you can no longer attend an in-person event and would like to cancel, your options are to either (1) send a substitute to the event or (2) switch to the online version of the event. If the event you are attending does not have an online component, then we will issue a refund less a $30 cancellation fee, as long as we receive your cancellation request within 2 weeks in advance of your event.

If you have not yet paid for your event and no longer wish to attend, you can cancel your registration by contacting

If you have an extenuating circumstance please email

Substitutions: Substitutions may be made through this form in advance of any of our events.

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