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DR. KEVIN P. BRADY is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He has published more than 60 articles and book chapters on educational law and policy issues. Dr. Brady's primary advocacy, research, and scholarly interests include special education law, legal issues involving charter schools, school disciplinary issues, school finance litigation, and increasing legal literacy of educators and school leaders. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Education Law Association (ELA). Dr. Brady's research and scholarship appears in a wide range of leading educational law, policy, and technology journals, including the Review of Educational Research, Journal of Law and Education, Journal of School Leadership, and West’s Education Law Reporter. He currently serves on a number of editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals, including Education and Urban Society, Education Law & Policy Review, Journal of Disability Policy Studies, and West’s Education Law Reporter. Along with co-authors Gina Umpstead, Janet Decker, David Schimmel, and Matthew Militello, his most recent book, Preventing Special Education Litigation: 8 Legal Lesson Plans for Educators (2015) is published by Teachers College Press. Dr. Brady earned his master’s degree in educational policy from Teachers College, Columbia University and his Ph.D. degree in educational policy analysis with a specialization in education law from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Fayetteville location)
KENDRA CLAY is the director of Student and Legal Services with the Springdale School District. An Arkansas native, she graduated from Tulane Law School in 2008. After law school, Ms. Clay returned to Arkansas and worked in private practice for two years, focusing on workers' compensation and insurance defense litigation. In 2010, she joined the legal team at the Arkansas Department of Education, where she spent the next six years. During her last year at ADE, Ms. Clay served as the Department’s general counsel. In 2016, she accepted her current position with the Springdale School District. (Fayetteville location)
HADLEY HINDMARSH is a sole practitioner at The Hindmarsh Law Firm, PA in Rogers, Arkansas. Her practice focuses on family law and ad litem work (representation of children) in custody and visitation cases, adoptions, and guardianships. Since the fall of 2012, Ms. Hindmarsh has represented at-risk youth in juvenile court as a FINS attorney. She has also represented children in school disciplinary proceedings and assisted families in working with local schools to develop, implement and manage IEP and 504 plans for students with special needs. Ms. Hindmarsh is a past member of the Board of Trustees for Northwest Arkansas Community College (June 2010 - October 2012) and is a current member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Benton County Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Arkansas and her J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. (Little Rock and Fayetteville locations)
SCOTT RICHARDSON is a founding partner of McDaniel, Richardson & Calhoun, PLLC, where he practices in education law, employment law, and other areas of the law. Mr. Richardson represented the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District through its detachment and creation as a new school district, and now represents it as general counsel and in the Little Rock Desegregation case. He also serves as hearing officer for multiple school districts in Teacher Fair Dismissal Act hearings and grievance hearings. Prior to founding McDaniel, Richardson & Calhoun, PLLC, he worked in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office under Mike Beebe and Dustin McDaniel where he focused primarily on education issues. Mr. Richardson served as one of two lawyers who oversaw the final phase of the Lake View School District case in 2007, and served as lead counsel for the state in the Little Rock Desegregation case. (Little Rock location)
COURTNEY M. SALAS-FORD is the deputy general counsel for the Arkansas Department of Education. Prior to being named as deputy in 2016, Ms. Salas-Ford served as a staff attorney in the General Counsel’s Office for two years and as the attorney for the Department’s Special Education Unit, and program administrator for special education dispute resolution, for six years. Ms. Salas-Ford earned her J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law in 2005 and spent three years in private practice. She is a frequent presenter on special education legal topics including compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, dispute resolution processes, and discipline. (Little Rock location)
ERIC F. WALKER is staff attorney with the Little Rock School District where he renders legal services and advises the superintendent of schools and staff on all legal matters relating to the operations of the district. Mr. Walker is responsible for conducting litigation and administrative law hearings, grievance hearings and school board administrative procedures for the purpose of ensuring all laws, policies and regulations are followed. In addition, he administers all freedom of information related matters, prepares litigation reports and recommends changes in policies and procedures for the purpose of ensuring compliance with all laws and education regulations. Mr. Walker received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Morehouse College; and his J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington, Indiana. He is a certified mediator for Arkansas Circuit Court Civil and Probate divisions. (Little Rock location)