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No matter their background, educating students is challenging. Schools need to navigate a maze of federal and state laws while addressing the complex needs of each student. Knowing how to tackle these problems is crucial to securing the success of your district and ensuring students reach their full potential. This guide will provide you with solutions for your toughest special education legal issues. From child find to IEPs to discipline and more, get the knowledge and skills you need to embrace challenges and avoid costly legal mistakes. Order today!
This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.0 hours of recorded technology CLE credit, which includes approval for 0.0 hour of legal ethics CLE credit by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
BRIAN BARE is a senior attorney at Whitt Law, LLC, concentrating his practice in the representation of school districts and other units of local government, including board governance, business operations, collective bargaining, contract negotiation and review, public bidding, requests for proposals, construction, real estate, personnel and employment issues, and student discipline and special education matters. Mr. Bare frequently assists with the administration and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and the resolution of grievances and unfair labor practice charges. In 2017, he was first appointed to serve on the Education Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. In addition, in 2017 and 2018, Mr. Bare was named to the list of Emerging Lawyers in the areas of school law, and land use, zoning and condemnation law by Law Bulletin Media's Leading Lawyers division. He earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
LARA A. CLEARY is a partner with the law firm of Hansen & Cleary, LLC. Her law practice is concentrated in the areas of special education and other disability law, school law, mental health and confidentiality of information, and representation of hospitals, non-profits, schools, and mental health professionals. Ms. Cleary has spent her entire professional career helping children and families. She received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law and her B.S. degree in education, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before becoming an attorney, she was a special education teacher for the Chicago Public Schools. In 2001, Ms. Cleary founded the education law firm of Whitted and Cleary with law partner and mentor, Brooke Whitted. Ms. Cleary was honored to practice law with Mr. Whitted for 15 years prior to his passing. She is a popular speaker on the topic of special education law and was an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine for many years. Ms. Cleary has served on several non-profit boards and was an appointee of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Education Law Section Council. Her professional affiliations and memberships include The Family Service Center of Wilmette, former board member; Childs’ Voice School, former board member; ISBA Education Law Section Council - past appointee; and the Illinois State Bar Association.
JENNIFER M. DEUTCH is a partner with Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP. She advises school districts and public bodies in all areas of the law, with a special emphasis on student, special education and charter school matters. Ms. Deutch is a certified federal mediator and serves on the Subpoena Committee of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys. She recently authored "Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities" an article in NSBA's publication Inquiry & Analysis, October 2010. Prior to entering law school, she was a special education teacher. Ms. Deutch graduated, with highest honors, from University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri.