Strengthen Your School's IEP and 504 Plan Process and Protect Student Rights
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IEPs and 504 plans are essential tools to ensure positive learning outcomes for many students. They also have the potential to cause legal issues for schools if they aren't properly planned and carried out. Get a comprehensive overview of legal liabilities in IEPs and 504 plans from our experienced faculty. Take away valuable information you can use to spot potential issues in your school's IEP and 504 plan process. Order today!
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MARONEL BARAJAS is a founding partner of Barajas & Rivera, where her practice primarily involves complex civil rights litigation, focusing on the rights of people with disabilities. Ms. Barajas has represented clients in individual and class action matters before federal, state and administrative courts to enforce the rights of individuals to access education, government programs, housing, communication, employment, public accommodations, and all other aspects of society. Prior to opening her firm, she was the Director of Litigation at the Disability Rights Legal Center, one of the nation’s top disability rights impact litigation firms. Ms. Barajas directed DRLC’s litigation and special education cases, litigating numerous cutting-edge cases of first impression. She also led DRLC’s legislative, policy and amici curiae efforts. Ms. Barajas is a former adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California where she taught an upper division special education and the law course. Ms. Barajas earned her B.A. degrees, magna cum laude, with departmental honors, from the University of California, Irvine and her J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. Ms. Barajas is a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association and the California Association of Parent Child Advocacy Law Group.
RICHARD L. ISAACS is the founder of California Special Needs Law Group. In law school, Mr. Isaacs quickly focused his studies on advocating and assisting children to ensure students have equal access to an education. He leads the charge at CSNLG to ensure families receive fair, effective representation at mediations, hearings and appeals. Mr. Isaacs believes that all resolutions must focus on what is best for the child and their long-term future. He received his B.A. degree from Concordia University-Irvine and his J.D. degree from Whittier Law School.
ANNA RIVERA is a founding partner of Barajas & Rivera, a plaintiff-side civil rights law firm. For over a decade, Ms. Rivera has focused on complex civil litigation. Her practice includes matters relating to disability access and education. Prior to opening her own firm, she was the managing attorney at the Disability Rights Legal Center, the nation’s oldest cross-disability legal organization. As the managing attorney, she helped lead DRLC’s legal advocacy team in class, multi-plaintiff and individual litigation. She was also responsible for managing DRLC’s special education cases and advocacy efforts. Ms. Rivera is a frequent lecturer and panelist on subjects relating to disability rights and special education law and policy. She is a former adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California where she co-taught an upper division Special Education and the Law course. Ms. Rivera earned her J.D. degree from Southwestern Law School and her B.A. degree from Lewis and Clark College. She is a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association and California Association of Parent Child Advocacy Law Group.
JACK M. SLEETH JR. is a shareholder at Artiano Shinoff, where he has an impressive background in the area of education and public entity law. Mr. Sleeth is a seasoned trial attorney who has handled the defense of schools, colleges, and other public entities in litigation ranging from wrongful death to wrongful termination. He has a strong background in first amendment issues, including religion in schools, freedom of speech, civil rights, and discrimination. He has extensive experience in litigating Brown Act meeting notice and content compliance, as well as the Public Records Act. He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Sleeth earned his B.A. degree from Chapman University and his J.D. degree from California Western School of Law.