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Unravel the Complexities of Special Education Laws
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, two-day seminar lays out all the essential requirements surrounding IEP development, discipline procedures, due process hearing requirements and more. Let our experienced faculty highlight the mistakes other schools have made, so you can ensure your school properly delivers legally appropriate special education services that help students succeed - register today!
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for professionals who work with special needs students in educational settings. Those who should attend include:
This course has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 12.0 hours of credit, of which 0.0 hour will also apply in the area of legal ethics or professionalism.
NBI, Inc. is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. NBI, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 1.20 CEUs for this program. At the end of the program, participants must complete a self-assessment in order to receive credit. 100% attendance is required. (Provider #1004558)
Upon completion of this course, attendees should be able to: 1. Distinguish between IDEA and Section 504 definitions of FAPE. 2. Identify two essential elements of a special education service evaluation report. 3. State the procedures for amending an IEP. 4. Describe two factors that cannot be used in placement decisions. 5. Identify the key differences between an IEP and a Section 504 plan. 6. State who should be involved in developing a FBA. 7. Identify what services schools must provide during disciplinary removal. 8. Describe the proper timeline for a manifestation determination review. 9. State when bullying can be a denial of FAPE. 10. Identify a legally appropriate method to destroy educational records. 11. Describe how to appeal a due process hearing decision.
12.0 Virginia Renewal Points available.
CHRISTINE M. ANDREOLI is the founding co-partner of Andreoli & Thomberry, PLC, with almost a decade and a half experience in the practice of law. Currently, her practice focuses on cases involving those struggling with mental health challenges, special education, custody/visitation, juveniles, estate planning, incapacitated adults, and guardianships/conservatorships. Ms. Andreoli has held the status of a qualified Virginia guardian ad litem for both juveniles and incapacitated adults for almost a decade and those cases comprise a large part of her caseload. Ms. Andreoli earned her J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law and became a member of the Virginia State and Washington DC bars. Ms. Andreoli is actively involved with the Greater Peninsula Women's Bar Association as well as the Williamsburg Bar Association. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Andreoli has served as an adjunct professor since 2011. She currently teaches courses in Juvenile Justice, Business Law, Administration and Personnel Law, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.
CHERI BELKOWITZ is the managing member of Belkowitz Law, PLLC, where she primarily represents families of children with special needs, advocating on behalf of her clients as they navigate the special education system in local public schools. Ms. Belkowitz has represented families across Virginia and in Washington, D.C., and her representation includes matters arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the ADA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as in school disciplinary matters. She serves as chair of the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities for Fairfax County Public Schools, serves on the Board of Directors for The Arc of Northern Virginia, and she volunteers as an Eighth Grade Mock Trial and Court Tour Guide. Ms. Belkowitz is a long-time member of COPAA, the Disability Rights Bar Association, the Fairfax Bar Association, CHADD, the Autism Society, among many others. She graduated cum laude from Brandeis University and received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law.
HAROLD BELKOWITZ is an attorney with Belkowitz Law, PLLC. Mr. Belkowitz practices in the areas of education law, creditors’ rights, employment law, health care and alternative dispute resolution. He is a member of the Fairfax (Employment Law Section), Maryland State, and American (Litigation Section, Labor and Employment Section) bar associations, District of Columbia Bar and Virginia State Bar (Litigation Section). He speaks frequently on special education issues. Mr. Belkowitz is approved as a FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator. He received his B.A. degree from Brandeis University and earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law.
MARI M. HOMMEL is the principal at Mari Maginn Hommel, Attorney at Law, in Richmond, Virginia, where she specializes in consultation and advocacy for students with disability and their families. In addition to her law license, Ms. Hommel holds a Post-Graduate License in Teaching Special Education - General Curriculum (K - 12) from the VDOE. She has experience in proceedings in Virginia Circuit Courts for the appointment of guardians and conservators for incapacitated adults, including children with disability who are turning 18 years of age. She earned her B.A. degree from Kent State University and her J.D. degree from the George Washington University; she completed the requirements for licensure as a special education teacher through the University of Virginia.
MELISSA LITTLE is an attorney in Blankingship & Keith, PC’s education law and litigation practice. Her primary focus is representing school districts in special education. She has worked in matters advocating for youth in school administrative hearings. Ms. Little holds various leadership positions within the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. Ms. Little is an ABA Young Lawyers Division liaison for the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law and serves on the American Bar Association’s Youth at Risk Advisory Committee. She serves on the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer’s Conference Board of Governors and is a liaison for the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Council. As a commissioner for the Children Youth and Families Collaborative Commission, Ms. Little works with the city of Alexandria, Alexandria City Public Schools, and related public and private entities to ensure that the city best meets the needs of its youth. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law and her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University at Albany. Ms. Little is admitted to the District of Columbia and Virginia State Bar.
LOIS MANES is an attorney in private practice as a sole practitioner in Williamsburg, Virginia, practicing in the areas of special education law, education law, and disability law. She has been a licensed attorney since 1987. Ms. Manes is an adjunct college professor of legal, English literature and composition, and education courses. Her previous career was as an educator with 10 years of experience as a reading specialist. Ms. Manes earned her B.S.Ed. degree in English Education, her M.S.Ed. degree with Reading Specialist Certification, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Administration and Supervision, and her J.D. degree from Syracuse University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Virginia. Ms. Manes is a frequent speaker to professional and lay audiences on topics including special education, disability rights, school law, and juvenile justice.
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