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Special Education Law Symposium

June 23-28, 2019
Special Education Law Symposium

June 23 - June 28, 2019

The 2019 Special Education Law Symposium will again include a separable two-day (June 27-28) Section 504 Coordinators Institute, designed to provide both a conceptual framework and “nuts and bolts” implementation guidance for school personnel assigned to implement this increasingly important non-discrimination statute. The Institute is intended for both veteran school administrators and those new to the field.

This two-day option will feature nationally prominent Alabama attorney Julie Weatherly, who has appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes; Lisa Hardcastle, a veteran Texas Section 504 administrator; and Lehigh’s Dr. Perry Zirkel, university professor emeritus of education and law.

The week-long Symposium will feature nineteen attorneys (both sides) from twelve states who will address litigation “hot topics” for experienced practitioners. In concurrent sessions, the presenters will explore the building blocks of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with registrants desiring an in-depth introduction, typically including Lehigh University graduate students.

Registrants have multiple options:

  • Earn three Lehigh University graduate credits, qualify for CLE attorney credits (including Ethics) approved by the PA Continuing Legal Education Board, earn Act 48 credits for PA educators, or enroll for non-credit professional development.
  • Attend full-week or per day, depending upon registrant interest.
  • Select either a basic track for those new to special education law, or an advanced track for experienced registrants.
  • All registrants will receive a comprehensive manual (on-line with password access) with the latest legislation, regulations, complete Supreme Court decisions, and detailed case outlines prepared by the attorneys. This manual over the years has proven to be an invaluable resource back home at work.
  • Registrants interact with a broad-based mix of special education directors, special or regular education teachers, school psychologists, administrators, parent representatives, state officials, charter school personnel, and attorneys from several jurisdictions.