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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. This comprehensive guide will show you how to mitigate legal liabilities in IEPs and 504 plans. Take away valuable information you can use to spot potential issues in your school's IEP and 504 plan processes. Order today!
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JENNY M. COCHRANE is owner at the Law Office of Jenny M. Cochrane, where she represents clients in both transactional legal matters and litigious matters in estate planning, family law, consumer protection, bankruptcy, Social Security, disability, and special education law. She is a mother of a 16-year-old boy, who has autism, as well as a solo practitioner of law licensed both in Washington State and British Columbia. As a lawyer, Ms. Cochrane seeks to improve the lot of folks impacted by disabilities, whether through special education, employment discrimination, denial of government benefits, or special needs trusts and guardianships. In addition to this work, she works in varied areas of civil and criminal litigation, as well as some transactional work. Ms. Cochrane also has done extensive work in Canada representing First Nations (the Native Americans of Canada) in residential school abuse claims, which she is hoping to bring to the U.S. in representation of Native Americans similarly impacted. Ms. Cochrane is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Law Society of British Columbia. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Washington and her J.D. degree from the University of Montana School of Law.
NICHOLLE S. MINEIRO is an attorney with Cassady Law PLLC, where she represents parents and students in education matters. Her focus is on special education and civil rights litigation, including discrimination, bullying and harassment. Ms. Mineiro is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Western District of Washington and Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, and an Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice. Prior to graduation from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2007, she earned a Master’s in Education from Claremont Graduate University in 2002 and taught elementary school in Title I schools and full-inclusion classrooms. Ms. Mineiro earned her B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998.
C. CHRISTINE PORTER is of counsel with Cassady Law PLLC, where she represents students with disabilities and their families. She was formerly a partner with Bean Porter Hawkins, PLLC, where she represented individuals in employment discrimination, consumer protection, and personal injury litigation. She has served on the boards of nonprofits in Washington, advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Ms. Porter is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Western District of Washington; and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the Washington Employment Lawyers’ Association, and the Washington State Association for Justice. She received her B.A. degree from Hunter College, CUNY, and her M.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Washington.