Comply with the Latest Special Education Laws to Avoid Liability
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With increasing numbers of students qualifying for special education services, professionals working with special needs children know that an understanding of special education law is crucial. You need to know the law in order to deal with complex questions that arise on a regular basis. Who pays when a special needs child is placed in private schooling at the parents' election? How can a school create the least restrictive environment and promote inclusion to the best interests of all students? It can be costly if you don't know. Order today!
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APRIL L. LASH is the owner and founder of The Wynn Lash Law Office, LLC, located in Atlanta. Ms. Lash practices in the areas of family law, estate planning, business law and bankruptcy. She has more than 10 years of experience as a special education teacher. Ms. Lash is an adjunct professor teaching contemporary business law at the University of Phoenix, Columbus Campus, in Georgia. She serves on the Advocates for Students with Disabilities Committee (ASD) at the State Bar of Georgia. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, and Henry County and American bar associations. She is admitted to practice in the state of Georgia and the Northern District Court of Georgia. Ms. Lash received her B.A. degree from University of California at Berkeley, her M.S. degree from Carnegie Mellon University and earned her J.D. degree from Jacob D. Fucsberg School of Law at Touro College.
ALEXA R. ROSS is a name partner of Robbins Ross Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC, the second-largest litigation firm in Atlanta. The firm specializes in business litigation, representing both plaintiff and defendant entities, and has one of the largest state government practices in Atlanta, with the former executive counsel to governors Deal and Perdue, and the former executive counsel to secretaries of State Kemp and Handel. Ms. Ross specializes not only in litigation, but also in confidential internal investigations for law firms, corporate entities, and private schools; and serves as outside general counsel to for-profit and nonprofit entities, including the nation’s largest charter school, which is incorporated in Georgia. She is a special assistant attorney general for the state of Georgia, representing the state in a matter against the U.S. Department of Justice involving special education and related therapeutic services provided to students with severe emotional behavioral disorders who cannot function in the regular school setting. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law, where she was editor of the Law Review and the most published student in the history of the school, as well as class valedictorian.
TORIN D. TOGUT is a sole practitioner in Lawrenceville. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law and taught special education law, as well as supervised law students in a special education practicum from 2006-2012. For more than 25 years, Mr. Togut worked as a public interest attorney with the Georgia Legal Services Program. He is now primarily engaged in the private practice of law and concentrates on representing families of children with disabilities. Mr. Togut has extensive experience practicing law in the federal courts of Georgia and in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. His practice in federal court has focused on representation of families of children with disabilities, education law, employment discrimination, civil rights and disability litigation, and federal criminal practice. Mr. Togut is a member of the State Bar of Georgia; the Northern, Middle and Southern districts of Georgia; the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is an inactive member of the State Bar of Vermont, but still a member of the Vermont Federal District Court. Mr. Togut is a frequent speaker in the areas of special education and disability law at local, regional and national workshops and conferences. He also has spoken at conferences and workshops on federal practice, civil rights litigation and legal ethics. He has published a law review article on racial disproportionality in special education, and expects to publish an article on specific learning disability eligibility, Response-to-Intervention, and Child Find. He earned his B.S. degree from Cornell University and his J.D. degree from the University of Laverne College of Law.
CHRISTOPHER P. TWYMAN is the managing partner with the law firm of Cox, Byington, Twyman & Johnson, LLP, in Rome, Georgia. Mr. Twyman practices in the areas of commercial and general civil litigation, family law, criminal defense and education law. Mr. Twyman was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1999. He is admitted to practice in all Georgia trial courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Georgia, as well as federal courts, including the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Twyman has also represented clients in federal courts in Alabama and Tennessee. He serves as counsel for Rome city schools in Rome, Georgia. In this practice, Mr. Twyman has advised on general education law matters, school discipline and tribunal matters, civil rights investigations, due process hearing matters, Title IX matters, and matters involving IDEA, ADA and Section 504 plans. Mr. Twyman currently serves as a member of State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors. In 2019, the Georgia Supreme Court appointed him to the Office of Bar Admissions Board to determine fitness of bar applicants. He received his B.A. degree from Georgetown University, followed by earning his J.D. degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.