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When: Friday, November 9, 2018
11:45 AM Lunch, 12:00 PM Presentation
Where: Attorney Resource Center
DuPage Courthouse
505 N. County Farm Rd, Third Floor
Wheaton, Illinois  60187
United States
Presenter: David Mathues
Contact: Tara Holman

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School Law MCLE Meeting - Searches, Social Media, and the Schoolhouse Gate - Constitutional Law and School Resource Officers in  2018


Speaker: David Mathues of Hervas, Condon, & Bersani, PC


Summary:The Supreme Court made clear decades ago that students do no "check their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate."  But it has also affirmed a competing principles, that the very nature of education minors gives school administrators authority to set limits on students' rights that would otherwise be constitutionally suspect.  This tension has become all the more complicated in recent years and more and more schools have police officers specifically assigned to the school.  These "School Resource Officers" have to apply the traditional rules of constitutional criminal procedure to the school context, where these are different concerns than police officers would ordinarily face on the street. In this talk I will examine recent case law and discuss how the federal constitution does, and does not, limit School Resource Officers in their daily work, and what other school administrators should, and should not expect from a SRO in their school in light of those limits.


Time:11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Attorney Resource Center
Credits: 1 Credit MCLE


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Questions? Please contact staff liaison, Tara Holman at or 630-653-7779.

Lunch will be provided to those who register in advance.


Only DCBA members will qualify for MCLE credit.



If you register and are unable to attend, please contact the DCBA office at 630-653-7779 so we can cancel your registration.

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