Booster Clubs, PTOs, and other district support groups can benefit districts with resources and support, but if these groups are not treated appropriately the legal issues can get complicated and costly. In light of GASB 84 and its new rules related to fiduciary accounts it is critical that districts understand and their existing and future relationships with these groups.

This webinar with Thurn Law Firm will address potential areas of legal liability related to booster clubs and how districts can minimize their legal exposure. It will also address how support groups (and their accounts) must be treated moving forward. The webinar shares practical steps districts can take when dealing with support groups, including revisions to board policy and the use of standard forms. Finally, it is critical that school administrators understand what funds are considered public funds and the legal restrictions related to their expenditure.

Cost is $50



Roy H. Henley joined Thrun Law Firm in 1993 after serving as an assistant prosecutor. Roy has practiced primarily in the areas of litigation, labor and employment, special education, construction, and general school law. Mr. Henley received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team and a winner of the Dunmore Distinguished Advocate Award. Before attending law school, he graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, where he received Class Honors.

As a litigator, Roy has first chaired various labor, employment, construction, special education, and civil rights disputes on behalf of public school and higher education clients at all state and federal court levels, the State Tenure Commission, in the Michigan Administrative Hearing System, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, and in arbitration and mediation. In a manner consistent with the philosophy that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, he provides counsel in the listed practice areas and in general school law. Roy has also drafted and negotiated contracts and other agreements which further the goals of Michigan public educational entities.

Roy is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and all other state and federal courts having jurisdiction in Michigan. He is a member in good standing of the National Council of School Attorneys, the Michigan Council of School Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the Michigan State Bar Association, and the Ingham County Bar Association.

Ryan J. Nicholson joined Thrun Law Firm in 2011 after graduating from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. Before joining the firm, Ryan interned with the National Labor Relations Board and the Indiana Attorney General. During law school, he clerked for Judge Daniel V. Zemaitis of Michigan’s 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Rapids.

Ryan practice focuses on general school law and labor and employment law. He has appeared in administrative hearings before Administrative Law Judges for the Teacher Tenure Commission, and has participated in Michigan Employment Relations Commission proceedings. He has also represented schools in a variety of matters in circuit and district courts.

He is admitted to practice in Michigan and various federal district courts. Ryan is a member of the National Council of School Attorneys, the Michigan State Bar Association, the Grand Rapids Bar Association, and the Ingham County Bar Association.