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Supportive Legal Services

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 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 workshopsacross the state that provide timely and valuable legal information to members when needed. Finally, we incorporate legal seminars into each of our annual Fall Leadership Summit and Winter Institute.  

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.

  • Learn more about legal services for Superintendents by clicking here.

  • Learn more about Cabinet Membership legal services by clicking here.

Contact

Jacinda H. Conboy, Esq., General Counsel
Email: jacinda@nyscoss.org
Twitter: @JazzConboy
T: 518.694.4873

Jazz is primarily responsible for negotiating superintendent’s employment contracts and providing legal advice and assistance to our members. In addition, Jazz regularly designs legal seminar, provides presentations on legal educational issues and is also the leader of The Women's Initiative. Contact Jazz if you have contract questions, are interested in Enhanced Level II Benefits or need retirement services.

Greg S. Berck, Esq., Assistant Director for Governmental Relations & Assistant Counsel
E: greg@nyscoss.org
Twitter: @Greg_Berck
T: 518.694.4874

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. He is well respected within the halls of the Capitol and with other stakeholders from his tenure as education counsel for the Assembly majority. Contact Greg regarding legislative and regulatory concerns and legal inquiries.

Kelley A. Pratt, Administrative Assistant
E: kpratt@nyscoss.org
T: 518.694.4878

Kelley serves as a contact for general member inquiries, manages career center postings, and processes database updates while answering and directing calls. She also provides support for the General Counsel and legal team. In addition, she assists all staff members with a variety of administrative projects, but primarily supports the membership department on a day-to-day basis. Contact Kelley if you have questions or need to request a meeting/call with Jacinda Conboy, Esq., General Counsel or Greg S. Berck, Esq., Assistant Counsel.