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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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STEPHANIE DENZEL is an associate general counsel for Shelby County Schools where she serves as the primary attorney for the district's special education, Section 504, and related civil rights matters. Her work includes preventive training and advice; representation in state and administrative proceedings and Office of Civil Rights Complaints; and negotiation of settlement, mediation and resolution agreements. Ms. Denzel also provides legal support for the district in a range of other areas, including employment matters, general litigation, district policy and student discipline. Prior to her legal career, she worked as a special education teacher and special education advocate for parents of children with disabilities. Collectively, Ms. Denzel has attended and assisted in dozens of special education and Section 504 meetings and due process or administrative complaint proceedings. She is the author of a law review article regarding the application of the ADA to certain character questions for bar admission and restricted law licenses and co-author of a chapter reviewing child victim interviewing techniques and requirements across the United States. Ms. Denzel holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Simon's Rock College, an M.Ed. degree in special education from George Mason University, a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. degree in social ecology focusing on developmental psychology and the law from the University of California, Irvine.