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The laws governing special education interact in confusing and sometimes contradictory ways, yet it is crucial that schools have a firm understanding of them in order to protect the rights of students and avoid legal difficulties. This comprehensive overview lays out all the legal requirements surrounding IEP development, discipline procedures, due process hearing requirements and more. It also highlights the mistakes other schools have made, so you can ensure your school properly delivers legally appropriate special education services that help students succeed - order today!
DR. ROBIN S. BALLARD is an attorney with Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, and counsel in the firm's school law practice group. She represents statewide private and public school districts in all facets of special education law, including evaluations, eligibility, program development and placement determinations, dispute resolution with parents, and disciplinary matters. Dr. Ballard regularly attends IEP meetings and mediations conducted through the Department of Education, as well as appearing before the Office of Administrative Law for emergent and plenary hearings. She also has conducted training for employees of boards of education on effective strategies for dealing with difficult situations and effective communication with parents, as well as all aspects of special education. Dr. Ballard serves as a guest instructor at St. Elizabeth College for school administrators who are pursuing doctoral degrees. She has been a speaker for the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, as well as the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Dr. Ballard earned her B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University; her M.A. degree from Widener University; her Psy.D. degree from Widener University; and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.
BETH CALLAHAN is a partner at Callahan & Fusco LLC. Ms. Callahan has represented hundreds of families of children with disabilities including but not limited to: autism, dyslexia, ADD and ADHD, ED, school phobia, anxiety disorders, Marfan Syndrome, medical fragility, and auditory processing disorder in obtaining free appropriate public educations. She has been practicing special education law for more than twenty years. Ms. Callahan has been special counsel on special education issues to several private state approved schools that have full time programs based on the science of applied behavior analysis. Ms. Callahan has represented several charter schools in dealing with special education compliance, harassment intimidation and bullying matters and she presents her program on the issue of bullying to students of all grade levels. She edited the Disability Law Primer, and is published in several journals on special education and related legal topics. Ms. Callahan earned her B.A. degree from the Catholic University of America and her J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and she is admitted to the federal and state bars of New Jersey.
GEORGE M. HOLLAND is the sole practitioner with The Law Office of George M. Holland, LLC, where he primarily handles special education litigation, advocating for the rights of disabled children against their local school districts. Specifically, he assists families obtain new or different educational services as well as new or different educational placements. In addition, Mr. Holland also handles cases against public agencies, such as the Division of Developmental Disabilities ("DDD"), as well as guardianship applications, and he provides estate planning advice in terms of preparing Special Needs Trusts. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit. Mr. Holland earned his B.S. degree from Rutgers University, and earned his J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.
ALISON KENNY practices general school law with the law firm of Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, with an emphasis on special education law. Her responsibilities include representation before the Office of Administrative Law; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; and the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education. She is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and in New York. Ms. Kenny earned her B.S. degree from Bucknell University, her M.Ed. degree from Vanderbilt University, and her J.D. degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.
LAURA A. SICLARI is an attorney with McCusker Anselmi Rosen & Carvelli, P.C., based in Florham Park, New Jersey. Her primary areas of expertise are special education and disability law, environmental law, labor and employment law, and general litigation. Ms. Siclari's disability practice involves the representation of individuals with disabilities and their families. She also counsels clients on special needs estate planning, including the preparation of special needs trusts. Ms. Siclari also represents clients in guardianship proceedings involving disabled individuals or minors. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. District Court of New Jersey; and the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Ms. Siclari is currently a member of American and New Jersey State bar associations, New York County Lawyers Association, and the Essex County Bar Association. She earned her B.S. degree, cum laude, from The College of New Jersey Law & Justice and her J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law.