The Council plays an active role in providing effective legal representation for superintendents and assistant superintendents. (Cabinet Members). In-house legal services are provided directly from Council attorneys.
We also represent new superintendents even before they join The Council as members. We offer a Model Contract that serves as a base for negotiating new agreements or a way to evaluate a current contract. Superintendents can also use our Model Superintendent's Evaluation to help boards and superintendents develop thoughtful, constructive evaluations that advance district goals and keep the leadership team healthy.
Beyond representation, our legal service department prepares legal publications and articles to update superintendents on the latest court cases and regulatory changes, including monthly articles prepared for our Councilgram newsletter
. We have also held legal briefing workshops
across the state that provide timely and valuable legal information to members when needed.
The Council's legal services department evaluates legal issues for individual superintendents on the basis of what it means to that superintendent. In addition, our counsel evaluates legal issues and takes appropriate steps when a particular issue also has greater application to the superintendency or to the ability of the superintendent to lead a district.
Jacinda H. Conboy, Esq., General Counsel
Twitter: @JazzConboy #WomenEdLeaders #EmpowerUp
Jazz is primarily responsible for negotiating superintendent's employment contracts and providing legal advice and assistance to our members. In addition, Jazz designs legal seminars, provides presentations on legal educational issues and is also the creator of the Council's Women's Initiative.
Greg S. Berck, Esq., Assistant Director for Governmental Relations & Assistant Counsel
Twitter: @Greg_Berck #LeadersMatter
Greg devotes his efforts to the The Council's lobbying and advocacy agenda. He also assists in negotiating superintendent's employment contracts and providing legal advice and assistance to our members. Greg works with the executive and legislative branches of state and federal government as well as a variety of state agencies. Contact Greg regarding legislative and regulatory concerns and legal inquiries.
Kelley A. Pratt, Program Associate & Legal Support
Kelley provides support for the General Counsel and legal team. In addition, she assists with program planning for LEAF, Inc., serves as a contact for general member inquiries, and manages the Council's Career Center.
Contact Kelley if you have questions or need to request a meeting/call with Jazz or Greg.