WBK Attorneys Will Present Work at the Tri-State Area School Study Council

Starting at 9:10am on Monday, November 21, 2016, four of WBK’s attorneys will be presenting work at the Tri-State Area School Study Council. “Let Me Do My Job: Challenges for School Administrators” will be held at Edgewood Country Club and will include the following topics:

1. “Implementing Student Discipline Mandates: Beware of Procedural Traps” Aimee Zundel
2. “Employee Discipline – Something Old, Something New” Jocelyn Kramer & Ira Weiss
3. “Job Searches in the Age of Social Media” Ira Weiss
4. “Do We Enroll? – Navigating Enrollment Questions From Custody to Homelessness” Aimee Zundel & Rebecca Heaton Hall

Registration for the event will begin at 8:30am. A question and answer round will follow the presentations at 11:45am. For additional information, please visit the following link:


The website for the University of Pittsburgh describes “Tri-State’s vast knowledge and experience base” as rooted in “a membership of over one-hundred school districts and a team of leaders and consultants with rich backgrounds in education, including former school superintendents and professors of education.”

Ira Weiss Will Deliver Keynote Address to NAPSA on Oct. 31, 2016

Ira Weiss, the firm’s founding partner, will be delivering the keynote address at the 2016 annual conference for NAPSA (National Association of Pupil Administrators) at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh, PA, at 8:30 – 10:00 A.M. on October 31st.  Mr. Weiss will be speaking about the legal challenges of “Title IX & Employee Boundaries/Student Relationships.”  Topics of his address will include transgender issues and Title IX, homeless students, disciplinary measures, and appropriate boundaries between educators and students in a cyber world.  A panel style discussion will follow.

NAPSA describes the established reputation of Weiss and his well-regarded firm:  “Weiss Burkardt Kramer, LLC, serves as Solicitor for a number of school districts throughout Western Pennsylvania including the School District of Pittsburgh.  The firm has developed policies addressing child abuse, the rights of LGBT students and social medial issues including the establishment of employee student boundaries.  He has previously served as Solicitor for Allegheny County.  He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies.  Mr. Weiss has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2005 to the present and received the 2008 Presidents Award for the Career Achievement in School Law from the Pennsylvania School Boards Solicitors Association.  He also received the Distinguished Achievement in Law Award from the University of Pittsburgh Tri State School Study Council in 2012.”


WBK Attorneys to Present at Exceptional Children’s Conference

This Friday (October 7, 2016), two of WBK’s education attorneys will present work at the Exceptional Children’s Conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the Marriot at Penn Square. From 2:15 to 3:15 pm, Jocelyn Kramer will discuss “Disciplining Students with Disabilities” in the venue’s Independence Room. Aimee Zundel will also present her work “When Does a Procedural Violation Result in Substantive Denial of FAPE?” 2:15 to 3:15 pm in the Hickory Room. For additional information, please visit:


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Rebecca Heaton Hall Among “Pennsylvania Special Education Law” Panelists

Rebecca Heaton Hall is among the panelists for “Pennsylvania Special Education Law,” a one-day seminar for professionals who work with children with special needs in school settings. The session is presented by the National Business Institute at the DoubleTree by Hilton, downtown Pittsburgh, on Tuesday, October 18 . Her topics are “Successfully Handling Disciplinary Actions for Special Needs Students” and “Ensuring Successful Due Process Procedures.” For registration information: www.nbi-sems.com or 800-930-6182.

Tri-State honors Jocelyn Kramer with prestigious award

Tri-State Area School Study Council recognized the accomplishments of Jocelyn P. Kramer with the Distinguished Achievement in Law Award. Jocelyn leads the firm’s Special Education practice area, focusing on special education, student services and school employment law. She has served as Solicitor and Special Council for Western Pennsylvania school clients since 2004, currently as Deputy Solicitor for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She is the Secretary for the Association of Municipal and School Solicitors.

Jocelyn Kramer named PBT 2016 Fast Tracker

WBK partner Jocelyn Kramer was named a 2016 Fast Tracker by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The program honors up-and-comers under 40 years of age in the region’s business community. The selection process concentrates on their accomplishments to date and potential for significant career advancement. Many of the honorees are making a difference not only at their respective organizations, but in the community as well.

Ira Weiss a keynoter at NAPSA Conference in Pgh.

Ira Weiss is among the keynote speakers at the National Association of Pupil Services Administrators Conference Oct. 30-Nov. 2, at Station Square in Pittsburgh. His topic, “Title IX & Employee Boundaries/Student Relationships,” will address the significant legal challenges facing Pupil Services Administrators. The preliminary topics would include challenges presented by the recent enactment of ESSA and homeless students, Title IX and transgender issues as well as a legal review of significant developments.

Kramer to speak on “Punishment and Discipline of Children with Disabilities”

Jocelyn Kramer, partner, Weiss Burkardt Kramer, along with Arthur D. Feldman, Esq., will present “Punishment and Discipline of Children with Disabilities,” a continuing legal education program sponsored by the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Committee on Law and Disability. The session on March 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Koppers Building Conference Center will review federal and state laws regarding the punishment and discipline of school students with disabilities. To register, contact ACBA, 412-261-6161. For additional information about this topic and WBK’s Special Education practice, contact Jocelyn Kramer, 412-391-9890.

Rebecca Heaton Hall to address “Discipline” at Children and Youth Disability/Mental Health Summit

Rebecca Heaton Hall, Esq., will be a presenter at the 3rd Annual Children and Youth Diasbility and Mental Health Summit on March 3 and 4 at the Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road, Scott Township. Rebecca, one of Weiss Burkardt Kramer’s team of four Special Education attorneys, will address the topic of “Discipline.” The free event is, sponsored by State Rep. Dan Miller, D -42. For information about WBK’s Special Education practice contact Rebecca at 412-391-9890. For Summit details contact Rep. Miller’s office, 412-343-3870.