Partner, Chicago Office

ph: 312.332.7760
fax:312.332.7768
hkatz@robbins-schwartz.com

Heidi A. Katz

Heidi Katz provides legal representation to public school districts, community colleges, public libraries and other local governmental entities. Areas of focus include policy development, intergovernmental agreements, public official ethics and board governance, student rights and responsibilities, finance, real estate, boundary changes, and civil rights matters.

Heidi is a past president of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys, and a frequent presenter at the Council's annual School Law Seminar. She has prepared a series of amicus briefs on behalf of the Illinois Association of School Boards for appeals of court decisions on matters of critical concern to school districts, in cases including Nuxoll v. Indian Prairie School District No. 204, 523 F.3d 668 (7th Cir. 2008) (the “Be Happy, Not Gay” T-shirt litigation), and Chicago Tribune v. Chicago Board of Education, 332 Ill.App.3d 60 (1st Dist.), appeal denied 201 Ill.2d 562 (2002), in which the appellate court held educational records sought for an investigation into student absenteeism to be exempt from inspection and copying under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Heidi has spoken at the annual conference of the Education Law Association and at the National Council of School Attorneys’ annual School Law Practice Seminar on issues relating to student First Amendment rights, and has served as co-author and editor of the “Student Rights and Responsibilities” chapter for four editions of the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s School Law treatise (1999, 2005, 2010, and 2012). She has conducted Administrators’ Academies and in-service programs on school Internet liability issues and student discipline, and workshops on Illinois' Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts and other topics of concern to local governmental entities.

Heidi served as a law clerk to the late Judge Thomas R. McMillen, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Her pre-law career included news reporting for the Naperville Sun, and for WDVH Radio in Gainesville, Florida.

Awards

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Education and School Law, 2004-2012, 2016, 2018
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2013

Recent Publications

  • Chapter editor / Contributing author, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” ILLINOIS SCHOOL LAW, IICLE (1999, 2005, 2010 and 2012)
  • "School District Website Postings: What is Now Required and What Lies Ahead," UPDATE Magazine, IASBO (2011)
  • Can the ‘Heckler’s Veto’ Trump Tinker-Protected Student Speech?, National Council of School Attorneys’ Inquiry & Analysis Newsletter (2006)

Presentations

  • When Library Users Cross the Acceptable Conduct Line: Legal Considerations and Strategies for Dealing Appropriately with “Inappropriate” Patrons, ATLAS (November 2018)
  • Of Soapboxes and Speakers: Legal Regulation of First Amendment – Protected Expression in Public Parks, Illinois Association of Park Districts Annual Legal Symposium (November 2017)
  • Tax Rate Objections: Tactics for Defending - or Minimizing the Drain On - Your District's Levy Revenues, presented at Park District Finance Seminar conducted by PMA Financial Network, Inc., Robbins Schwartz, and Chapman and Cutler LLP, Naperville, IL (February 2016)
  • Ethical Requirements for Public Officials, Illinois Association of Park Districts/Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (January 2016)
  • Accommodations for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students, Illinois Council of School Attorneys Annual Seminar on School Law, Chicago, IL (November 2014)
  • Issues Which Arise In Serving Undocumented Students, Illinois Council of Community College Administrators 2014 Fall Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2014)
  • U.S. Department of Education Rulemaking for the 2013 Clery Act Amendments and Common Questions Facing Student Service Officers: Enrollment, Accommodation Requests, Education Records… and More, Illinois Community College Chief Student Services Officers, Godfrey, IL (June 2014)
  • Ethical Issues Encountered in Representing Divided Boards, Speaker and Panelist, Illinois Council of School Attorneys Annual Seminar on School Law, Chicago, IL (November 2012)
  • Tackling the Legal Issues of Sports-Related Brain Injuries, Speaker and Panelist, Chicago Bar Association's Sports Law, Tort Litigation and Education Law Committees MCLE-Accredited Seminar, Chicago, IL (June 2012)
  • Students Off-Campus Internet Activities: Protected by the First Amendment or May Schools Impose Discipline for Cyber-Misconduct Which Affects the Educational Environment?, Walter Payton College Preparatory High School Constitutional Law Seminar, Chicago, IL (May 2012)
  • School District Website Postings: What's Required? What Lies Ahead? IASBO Conference, St. Charles, IL (May 2011; May 2012)
  • The First Amendment's First Guarantees: Freedom of Speech and Religion – Basic Principles and Education Law Cases in Point, for Education Law Association (ELA) and Illinois Principals Association at ELA's Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2011)
  • The First Amendment's First Guarantees: Freedom of Speech and Religion – Basic Principles and Education Law Cases in Point, for Education Law Association (ELA) and Illinois Principals Association at ELA's Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2011)
  • School ‘Forums’ for Student Clubs: Complying with the Federal Equal Access Act, Annual Conference of Illinois Directors of Student Activities, St. Charles, IL (November 2010)
  • Of Climbing Walls and Camp Outs: Liability Waivers for Student Activities, Annual Conference of Illinois Directors of Student Activities, St. Charles, IL (November 2010)
  • Economic Temptations/Ethical Danger Zones: Spotting and Avoiding Attorney Conflicts of Interest, Illinois Council of School Attorneys Annual Seminar on School Law, Chicago, IL (November 2010)
  • Legal Issues in Clinical Education, for Metro Chicago Healthcare Council at Grayslake, Oak Park, IL (January and August 2010)
  • Appellate Court Ruling on the Use of Working Cash Fund and Other Hot Topics in Illinois School Finance, IASBO Conference, St. Charles, IL (May 2010)
  • The New Frontier: Advising School Clients on Compliance with the Amended Illinois Freedom of Information Act, Illinois Council of School Attorneys Annual Seminar on School Law, Chicago, IL (November 2009)
  • Guidelines for Law Enforcement Interviews of Students at School, IASB/IASA/IASBO 2008 Joint Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (panel member – November 2008)
  • The Ongoing Struggle: Balancing Students’ Education Rights v. Students’ Safety, Illinois State Bar Association Education Law Section, Hoffman Estates, IL (panel member – February 2008)
  • Internet Liability and Computer Acceptable Use Policies for Schools, Illinois Technology Conference for Education, St. Charles, IL (February 2008)
  • Risk Management Programs: Illinois Appellate Court Tightens The Tort Levy Purse Strings, Illinois Association of Park Districts 2007 Legal Symposium, Oak Brook, IL (November 2007)
  • “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” Inquiry Into Student Speech Issues, IASB/IASA/IASBO 2007 Joint Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2007)
  • Internet Liability Issues for Schools, presented at numerous Regional Office of Education centers for Administrators’ Academy credit (2007-09)
  • Can the “Heckler’s Veto” Trump Tinker-Protected Student Speech?, National Council of School Attorneys 2006 School Law Advocacy Seminar, Kansas City, MO (October 2006)

Heidi A. Katz

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law, 1979
  • B.A. cum laude, Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Phi Beta Kappa), 1973

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Organizations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • National Council of School Attorneys

Partner, Chicago Office

ph: 312.332.7760
fax:312.332.7768
hkatz@robbins-schwartz.com

Heidi A. Katz

Heidi A. Katz

Partner, Chicago Office
ph: 312.332.7760
fax:312.332.7768
hkatz@robbins-schwartz.com

Heidi Katz provides legal representation to public school districts, community colleges, public libraries and other local governmental entities. Areas of focus include policy development, intergovernmental agreements, public official ethics and board governance, student rights and responsibilities, finance, real estate, boundary changes, and civil rights matters.

Heidi is a past president of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys, and a frequent presenter at the Council's annual School Law Seminar. She has prepared a series of amicus briefs on behalf of the Illinois Association of School Boards for appeals of court decisions on matters of critical concern to school districts, in cases including Nuxoll v. Indian Prairie School District No. 204, 523 F.3d 668 (7th Cir. 2008) (the “Be Happy, Not Gay” T-shirt litigation), and Chicago Tribune v. Chicago Board of Education, 332 Ill.App.3d 60 (1st Dist.), appeal denied 201 Ill.2d 562 (2002), in which the appellate court held educational records sought for an investigation into student absenteeism to be exempt from inspection and copying under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Heidi has spoken at the annual conference of the Education Law Association and at the National Council of School Attorneys’ annual School Law Practice Seminar on issues relating to student First Amendment rights, and has served as co-author and editor of the “Student Rights and Responsibilities” chapter for four editions of the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s School Law treatise (1999, 2005, 2010, and 2012). She has conducted Administrators’ Academies and in-service programs on school Internet liability issues and student discipline, and workshops on Illinois' Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts and other topics of concern to local governmental entities.

Heidi served as a law clerk to the late Judge Thomas R. McMillen, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Her pre-law career included news reporting for the Naperville Sun, and for WDVH Radio in Gainesville, Florida.

Awards

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Education and School Law, 2004-2012, 2016, 2018
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2013

Recent Publications

  • Chapter editor / Contributing author, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” ILLINOIS SCHOOL LAW, IICLE (1999, 2005, 2010 and 2012)
  • "School District Website Postings: What is Now Required and What Lies Ahead," UPDATE Magazine, IASBO (2011)
  • Can the ‘Heckler’s Veto’ Trump Tinker-Protected Student Speech?, National Council of School Attorneys’ Inquiry & Analysis Newsletter (2006)

Presentations

  • When Library Users Cross the Acceptable Conduct Line: Legal Considerations and Strategies for Dealing Appropriately with “Inappropriate” Patrons, ATLAS (November 2018)
  • Of Soapboxes and Speakers: Legal Regulation of First Amendment – Protected Expression in Public Parks, Illinois Association of Park Districts Annual Legal Symposium (November 2017)
  • Tax Rate Objections: Tactics for Defending - or Minimizing the Drain On - Your District's Levy Revenues, presented at Park District Finance Seminar conducted by PMA Financial Network, Inc., Robbins Schwartz, and Chapman and Cutler LLP, Naperville, IL (February 2016)
  • Ethical Requirements for Public Officials, Illinois Association of Park Districts/Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (January 2016)
  • Accommodations for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students, Illinois Council of School Attorneys Annual Seminar on School Law, Chicago, IL (November 2014)
  • Issues Which Arise In Serving Undocumented Students, Illinois Council of Community College Administrators 2014 Fall Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2014)
  • U.S. Department of Education Rulemaking for the 2013 Clery Act Amendments and Common Questions Facing Student Service Officers: Enrollment, Accommodation Requests, Education Records… and More, Illinois Community College Chief Student Services Officers, Godfrey, IL (June 2014)
  • Ethical Issues Encountered in Representing Divided Boards, Speaker and Panelist, Illinois Council of School Attorneys Annual Seminar on School Law, Chicago, IL (November 2012)
  • Tackling the Legal Issues of Sports-Related Brain Injuries, Speaker and Panelist, Chicago Bar Association's Sports Law, Tort Litigation and Education Law Committees MCLE-Accredited Seminar, Chicago, IL (June 2012)
  • Students Off-Campus Internet Activities: Protected by the First Amendment or May Schools Impose Discipline for Cyber-Misconduct Which Affects the Educational Environment?, Walter Payton College Preparatory High School Constitutional Law Seminar, Chicago, IL (May 2012)
  • School District Website Postings: What's Required? What Lies Ahead? IASBO Conference, St. Charles, IL (May 2011; May 2012)
  • The First Amendment's First Guarantees: Freedom of Speech and Religion – Basic Principles and Education Law Cases in Point, for Education Law Association (ELA) and Illinois Principals Association at ELA's Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2011)
  • The First Amendment's First Guarantees: Freedom of Speech and Religion – Basic Principles and Education Law Cases in Point, for Education Law Association (ELA) and Illinois Principals Association at ELA's Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2011)
  • School ‘Forums’ for Student Clubs: Complying with the Federal Equal Access Act, Annual Conference of Illinois Directors of Student Activities, St. Charles, IL (November 2010)
  • Of Climbing Walls and Camp Outs: Liability Waivers for Student Activities, Annual Conference of Illinois Directors of Student Activities, St. Charles, IL (November 2010)
  • Economic Temptations/Ethical Danger Zones: Spotting and Avoiding Attorney Conflicts of Interest, Illinois Council of School Attorneys Annual Seminar on School Law, Chicago, IL (November 2010)
  • Legal Issues in Clinical Education, for Metro Chicago Healthcare Council at Grayslake, Oak Park, IL (January and August 2010)
  • Appellate Court Ruling on the Use of Working Cash Fund and Other Hot Topics in Illinois School Finance, IASBO Conference, St. Charles, IL (May 2010)
  • The New Frontier: Advising School Clients on Compliance with the Amended Illinois Freedom of Information Act, Illinois Council of School Attorneys Annual Seminar on School Law, Chicago, IL (November 2009)
  • Guidelines for Law Enforcement Interviews of Students at School, IASB/IASA/IASBO 2008 Joint Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (panel member – November 2008)
  • The Ongoing Struggle: Balancing Students’ Education Rights v. Students’ Safety, Illinois State Bar Association Education Law Section, Hoffman Estates, IL (panel member – February 2008)
  • Internet Liability and Computer Acceptable Use Policies for Schools, Illinois Technology Conference for Education, St. Charles, IL (February 2008)
  • Risk Management Programs: Illinois Appellate Court Tightens The Tort Levy Purse Strings, Illinois Association of Park Districts 2007 Legal Symposium, Oak Brook, IL (November 2007)
  • “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” Inquiry Into Student Speech Issues, IASB/IASA/IASBO 2007 Joint Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2007)
  • Internet Liability Issues for Schools, presented at numerous Regional Office of Education centers for Administrators’ Academy credit (2007-09)
  • Can the “Heckler’s Veto” Trump Tinker-Protected Student Speech?, National Council of School Attorneys 2006 School Law Advocacy Seminar, Kansas City, MO (October 2006)

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law, 1979
  • B.A. cum laude, Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Phi Beta Kappa), 1973

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Organizations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • National Council of School Attorneys

Practice Areas