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Special Education Law Symposium

June 20-25, 2021
Special Education Law Symposium

Tentative 2021 dates: June 20-25

Modality of the 2021 event is to be determined, depending in part upon COVID-19 conditions.

Distance Learning

Lehigh University offered the 2020 Symposium via distance learning (via a secure password), consistent with the university’s encouragement of the alternative of remote technology so that important events continued during the COVID-19 pandemic without jeopardizing public health and safety. 

The symposium offered a recorded option, which is available to registrants for a limited time.

We have always valued face-to-face interactions, a hallmark of our conferences. However, the current national emergency challenged us to be innovative and flexible. Just as we encourage our students with and without disabilities to see challenges as opportunities, it was our time to model that spirit.

We had a full complement of attorneys (both sides) who delivered the content as advertised for the 2020 Symposium. Likewise, the Symposium posted all attorney outlines (including legal citations) and other materials on-line with password access.

Reduced 2020 rates

Please note the following reduced rates, as we pass along savings from expenses (e.g., meals) that the Symposium will not incur in this distance learning format. 

  • Full-week fee: $925 (reduced from $995)
  • Per day fee: $245 (reduced from $295)
  • Section 504 Institute two-day fee: $495 (reduced from $545)


Dr. Perry Zirkel, Lehigh University professor emeritus of education and law, will offer a special session on Friday, June 26 to address the latest legal implications of the pandemic for students with disabilities: COVID-19 Issues under the IDEA and Section 504.  

The symposium begins on Sunday evening with a Keynote Address and Q & A provided by Laurie VanderPloeg, Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education.

The symposium will again overlap with a separable two-day (June 25-26) Section 504 Coordinators Institute, designed to provide both a conceptual framework and “nuts and bolts” implementation guidance for school personnel designated to implement this emerging non-discrimination statute. 

Twenty-two accomplished special education attorneys will present the Legally Experienced track with eight new “hot topics” in three- hour sessions. A Legally Basic track will concurrently offer foundation topics under the IDEA and Section 504. 

Attend the full week or per day, depending upon registrant interest. Earn three Lehigh University graduate credits, Act 48 credits for PA educators, or enroll for non-credit professional development.