Bethany is co-chair of the firm's school law practice and concentrates her practice in school law and labor and employment law.
Prior to joining Bond, she served as chief of human capital initiatives for a large city school district and chief labor negotiator, where she led over 120 employees in areas of human resources, employee benefits, risk management, labor relations and professional learning.
Bethany also served as labor and employment counsel for a large city school district, representing and advising the district in both school law and labor and employment law matters such as contract negotiations, labor arbitrations, agency proceedings, Civil Service Law, General Municipal Law, employment discrimination, PERLA, Education Law § 3012-c (APPR), FERPA, Title IX compliance, policy development, special education, student rights, mandatory reporting and general human resource support.
Prior to entering the public sector, Bethany practiced in a large law firm in Rochester and represented and advised numerous public and private sector clients in all areas of school law, general municipal law, and labor and employment law.
Honors & Affiliations
- New York State Bar Association
- Monroe County Bar Association
- CLE Committee Chair, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys
- Protecting Digital Student Records and Responding to Data Breaches, New York State School Boards Association 2019 Summer Law Conference Series, July 18, 2019
- Municipal Employee Relations: NEW ADA, FMLA and FLSA Issues for Local Governments, National Business Institute Seminar - Advanced Legal Issues Affecting Local Governments and Municipalities: The Ultimate Guide, March 22-23, 2017
- Search and Seizure in Public School, Safety & Security for School Personnel Conference, Genesee Valley School Board’s Institute for Staff Development, October 7, 2016
- School and the Transgender Student: The Campaign for Equality, New York State Association of School Attorneys and the New York State School Boards Association 16th Annual School Attorney Law Conference, June 3, 2016
- Personnel Practices from Start to Finish: How to Create Compliant and Effective Personnel Practices, New York State Council for School Superintendents Fall Leadership Summit, September 27, 2015
- Board Accountability and Transparency, Central New York School Boards Association, State Mandated Training for Newly Elected School Board Members, June 6, 2015
- "New Continuing Teacher and Leader Education and Registration Requirements," The Councilgram, June 2015
- "New Student Enrollment Regulations Designed to Protect Unaccompanied Minors and Undocumented Youth," The Councilgram, February 2015
- Finger Lakes Chapter Committee Member, New York State Association for Women Administrators
- Board of Directors, Greater Brockport Development Corporation, 2007-present
- Board of Directors, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, 2003-2005 and 2009-2012
- Executive Committee, Pro Brockport, 2011-2012
- Music Chair, Max's Mardi Gras Parade Committee, 2005-2011
- Pro-Bono Counsel - AAUW, Women Helping Girls Program, 2006-2010
- Board of Directors, Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, 2005-2010
- Liaison, Rochester City School District, John Marshal Law Academy, 2005-2010
- Board of Directors Vice President, Brockport Symphony Association, 2002-2006