Congratulations to Samantha Adams and the A+C Team on a big appellate win for New Mexico public schools. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the New Mexico District Court’s erroneous ruling against public school efforts to seek attorney’s fees after prevailing in meritless IDEA actions brought by parents and their advocates. In a forthcoming published opinion on regulatory interpretation, the Tenth Circuit has reaffirmed the policy right of a school district to pursue fees under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), explaining that the “fee shifting” provisions of the IDEA and the New Mexico Administrative Code are “neutral” and not only intended to favor parents. This language should encourage school districts to continue to challenge baseless IDEA claims, where appropriate, and to protect public money and resources in the interest of serving all public school children.
Samantha (Sam) Adams has been selected as a 2020 Woman Leader in the Law in a special section published by Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer magazines. Congrats, Sam!
Sam Adams and Alana De Young are thrilled to be part of a great group of speakers presenting at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s EEOC Albuquerque Seminar taking place May 23, 2019.
Sam is presenting on how to avoid violating the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while also observing rights and responsibilities under the Worker’s Compensation Act.
Alana’s presentation will include practical tips and a review of recent court cases involving the interactive process under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Sam is scheduled to present at IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop. On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Sam Adams will be presenting at the NBI Seminar at the State Bar of New Mexico Center. Ms. Adams will present on the topics “Ensuring best practices for FBAs and BIPs” and “Disciplining, expelling and suspending students with disabilities.” More information is available on the seminar webpage: IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop
Sam Adams is once again teaching Employment Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law for Spring 2019. Among the topics covered are prosecuting and defending discrimination and retaliation claims for harassment and disability, collective bargaining agreements, Family and Medical Leave Act issues, mediating employment disputes, and drafting employment agreements, policies and procedures. Former law students of Sam describe her as “a great professor and great attorney,” “very accessible” and one who helps others think about things “logically and comprehensively.”
Benchmark Litigation has recognized Samantha Adams as one of New Mexico’s State Litigation Stars for 2019. A New Mexico-based litigator with ADAMS+CROW LAW FIRM, Ms. Adams specializes in general commercial work.
Congratulations to Katie Downey on being elected Vice President of the Albuquerque Bar Association for 2019. Sam Adams will continue to serve as Secretary of the Association for the coming year.
Sam Adams and Arlyn Crow Scheduled to Present at Business Law: Start to Finish (A Comprehensive Guide to Business Law). On Monday, December 10, 2018, Sam Adams and Arlyn Crow will be presenting at this NBI Seminar at the State Bar of New Mexico Center. This in-depth, two-day course serves as a guide through practical, procedural-based information to successfully navigate through business matters. More information is available on the seminar webpage: NBI-Business Law: Start to Finish
On Saturday, December 8, 2018, Sam Adams and Dr. David Peercy, APS Board President, will be presenting at the 2018 New Mexico School Boards Association (NMSBA) Annual Convention on “District Equity – What is the Board’s Role?” This hands-on session well engage participants in identifying potential district equity policy and practices, establishing productive dialogue among school board members, and developing effective strategies for modeling and advocating for a culture of equity. Click here to view the 2018 Annual Convention Agenda, Breakout Grid and Descriptions.