Monday, May 23, 2016


Hope Kirsch will be moderating this esteemed panel of lawyers and judges on June 17, 2016:
This is a great opportunity to find out what goes on behind the scenes of a due process case. We have a panel of parent attorneys, school attorneys, a former Arizona Department of Education State investigator, an Administrative Law Judge and a Federal District Court Judge who hears due process appeals. 
For attorneys, parents, educators and advocates.
You can attend live and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Legal Issues in Special Education Disputes

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees all students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). To help implement these federal laws, the IDEA also guarantees parents of students with disabilities procedural safeguards to ensure their child’s rights are fully realized under the law. Among those safeguards are provisions designed to resolve disagreements between parents and schools. A panel of special education parent and school attorneys, a state investigator, an administrative law judge and federal district court judge will present a lively discussion of the IDEA, Section 504, jurisdiction of hearing officers, jurisdiction of OCR, substantive rights and procedural safeguards, how to avoid disputes, common themes and issues in disputes, dispute resolution alternatives, due process litigation, OCR complaints, appeals, types of relief, and concepts including stay-put. Gain insight into the behind the scenes handling of special education disputes by each of these key participants to better prepare you to handle special education disputes with confidence.
Key topics to be discussed:
  • Background of Special Education and the IDEA, including discussion of FAPE, LRE and Rowley
  • Background of Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Differences between the IDEA and 504, including jurisdiction of hearing officers versus OCR and remedies available
  • Dispute Resolution options under the IDEA
  • Dispute Resolution options under Section 504
  • Risks and rewards of Due Process Complaints
  • How parent attorneys evaluate potential cases, factors in determining whether to accept a case, and factors in deciding resolution strategies
  • How school attorneys evaluate and resolve State Complaints, Due Process Complaints and OCR Complaints
  • Factors in deciding whether to appeal
  • How the judges see it

Date / Time: June 17, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E Princess Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Phone: (480) 513-6012

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