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REBECCA E. ADAMS is senior staff attorney for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, where she fields legal and operational questions from boards and superintendents, offers support in amicus briefs in cases impacting school districts statewide and nationwide, provides labor contract analysis, and works closely with CABE's policy staff regarding interpretation and implementation of district policies. Ms. Adams has over 20 years of combined experience in private and in-house law practice, serving most recently as amicus coordinator and research and labor relations manager for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. She is active in the Connecticut Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Connecticut Bar Association, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. Ms. Adams earned her B.S. degree from the University of Vermont and her J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
KYLE A. MCCLAIN is an attorney at Zangari Cohn Cuthbertson Duhl & Grello P.C., in New Haven. His practice concentrates on labor, employment, and education law. A significant portion of his practice is dedicated to education law, advising boards of education and their superintendents and other administrators on both traditional labor and employment law issues within the school context, as well education-specific topics like student conduct and discipline, including expulsion hearings; school accommodations matters such as residency determinations; student records; teacher discipline, tenure, and termination; compliance with state and federal education laws; special education matters under the IDEA and Section 504; and board and district policy and governance. As part of his public and private practices, he represents businesses, municipalities, and boards of education before state courts, as well as in administrative proceedings. Such proceedings include special education due process hearings held before independent hearing officers, as well as state agency proceedings like those before the Freedom of Information Commission, State Board of Mediation and Arbitration, State Board of Labor Relations, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, Employment Security Appeals Division, and Workers’ Compensation Commission. He received a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Isenberg School of Management; and his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School. He is admitted to the Connecticut and Massachusetts bars; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit. Mr. McClain is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association (Young Lawyers Section, Labor & Employment Law Committee chair, 2016-2017; Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee member, 2016-2017; and Labor & Employment Law Section, Executive Committee member, 2016-2017), Connecticut Council of School Attorneys, Hartford County Bar Association, and the Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs.
CATHERINE M. SPAIN, an attorney at The Adams Law Firm, P.C., represents students when dealing with school districts, whether in disciplinary proceedings such as suspensions or expulsions, or in order to access specialized instruction and special education services or to formulate the appropriate individualized education program. A former Impartial Hearing Officer for the Department of Education, Ms. Spain has presided over special education and expulsion hearings across the state. She received her B.A. degree from Yale University and her J.D. degre and Certificate of Tax Studies from the University of Connecticut Law School. Ms. Spain has published several decisions as an Impartial Hearing Officer. Her law journal article, "Reasonable Expectations in the Sphere of Liberty," is considered a Relevant Secondary Source by Thompson Reuters Westlaw. A member of the Connecticut Bar Association House of Delegates, Ms. Spain has worked pro bono for the United States Veterans' Center in West Haven and the Victims' Rights Center of Connecticut. She is admitted to practice in all Connecticut state and federal courts.
KATHLEEN WERBNER is an attorney with The Law Office of Courtney P. Spencer, LLC, in Middletown. She represents families with children with special needs. Ms. Werbner has represented children with a wide array of disabilities and has worked diligently to get her clients all of the services that they are entitled to under the law. Prior to joining the firm as an associate, she worked at the firm as a law clerk. Prior to law school, she interned in the Legal Department for the State of Connecticut Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Werbner graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law at the top of her class and earned a B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross. She is admitted to the Connecticut Bar Association.