Legal Hot Topics


• School Board Members
 will earn three CEU credit hours for each three hours attended at the Legal Hot Topics seminars.

• Superintendents & Administrators can earn five SEMI credit hours for each six hours attended at the Legal Hot Topic seminars.

• Attorneys who are members of the Council of School Board Attorneys (CSBA) will earn three CLE credit hours for each three hours attended at the Legal Hot Topics seminars.

• Business Officers will earn credit for attending the November, January, and April Legal Hot Topics with Jim Keith.

SEMI Credit Documentation Form 

380 Zurich Dr.
Ridgeland, MS 39157





This annual seminar series with MSBA General Counsel Jim Keith continues to be popular with school leaders, providing up-to-date legal expertise and insight on the top issues affecting Mississippi education. Student discipline, personnel issues and employment/federal labor laws are among the areas addressed by Jim and his staff at Adams and Reese, LLP. 


Family Medical Leave Act
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Basic FMLA: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Advanced FMLA: 12:45 p.m. — 3:45 p.m.


The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is an extensive and often confusing law. Is it any wonder you find yourself second-guessing your decisions? This seminar, divided into two classes, will provide a basic understanding of FMLA during the morning and a more advanced session in the afternoon. Attend the morning seminar, afternoon seminar, or both to get the practical, applied facts that will keep your district out of trouble. 

Personnel Performance, EEPL, Terminations,
Job Descriptions, Personnel Contracts

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.


Does the Education Employment Procedures Law (EEPL) leave you confused and searching for answers? This seminar will reveal best practices for reducing legal liabilities related to termination notices, employee contracts, and revocation/suspension of teacher and administrator licenses for sexual misconduct. Learn what you need to know about EEPL and how you can avoid common mistakes.
FLSA, Overtime Issues, Employee Classifications
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


When it comes to something as important as employee wages, you cannot afford a mistake that may  cause an investigation by the Department of Labor or a costly lawsuit from an employee. This seminar will clarify the latest decisions and applications of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Learn from court decisions and hear examples of cases that have cost other organizations plenty.

About the Speaker
James A. Keith, Esq., a partner with Adams and Reese, LLP, specializes in education and administrative and employment law. He also serves as MSBA's General Counsel. He is a widely regarded expert, both nationally and locally, on special education matters in public school systems. He often represents school districts in state and federal courts on student matters related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and §504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Keith serves as a board attorney for several Mississippi school districts and as a resource for superintendents and school boards across the state. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi, where he served as Managing Editor of the Mississippi Law Journal.


Office: 380 Zurich Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157
Mail: PO Box 203, Clinton, MS 39060
Phone: 601-924-2001   Fax:601-924-2002   Toll Free:888-367-6722