New Jersey Special Education Law
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Holiday Inn Princeton
100 Independence Way
Princeton, NJ 08540
$339 / Each Additional
Registration Includes Course Book
Continuing Legal Education
- NJ CLE - 7.20
- NY CLE - 7.00
- PA CLE - 6.00
- IACET - 0.60
- Teacher Education Credit - 6.00
Comply With the Latest Special Education Laws to Avoid Liability
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. Register today!
- Strengthen your knowledge of how recent special education legislation affects school policies and operation.
- Learn what is pertinent in 504 plans.
- Evaluate the legal protection offered by the Individualized Education Program (IEP).
- Successfully handle disciplinary actions for students with disabilities.
- Explore the role of manifestation determination reviewing the legality of disciplinary actions.
- Understand the rights of special needs students so you can avoid inadvertent illegal actions that may lead to a lawsuit.
Who Should Attend
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed specifically for professionals who work with children with special needs in a school setting. Those who should attend include:
- School Administrators
- Board Members
- School Psychologists
- Establishing the Framework of Special Education Law
- Unraveling the Requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- Successfully Handling Disciplinary Actions for Special Needs Students
- Ensuring Successful Due Process Procedures
- Protecting the Rights of Children with Special Needs
- Ethics in Special Education Law
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Legal EducationCredit Hrs State
CLE 7.20 - NJ*
CLE 7.00 - NY*
CLE 6.00 - PA*
International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60
Teacher Education Credit – Teacher Education Credit: 6.00
* denotes specialty credits
Agenda / Content Covered
- ESTABLISHING THE FRAMEWORK OF SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW
9:00 - 10:00, Hillary D. Freeman
- Reviewing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
- Examining Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
- What are the Laws Relating to Particular Disabilities?
- Summary of Recent Developments in Special Education Law
- Relevant Case Law (Including Cedar Rapids Community School District vs. Garret F.)
- UNRAVELING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA)
10:15 - 11:15, Scott Zucker
- What are Early Intervention Programs?
- Defining State and Local Eligibility for Services
- Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
- Conducting Evaluations and Re-Evaluations of Students with Special Needs
- The Role of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the IEP Team
- Availability of Personnel Who Know How to Meet the Needs of Disabled Students
- Specific Issues About Exceptional Needs Children Enrolled in Private Schools
- How, When, and Why Reauthorization Occurs
- SUCCESSFULLY HANDLING DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
11:15 - 12:15, Adam S. Weiss
- Providing Services During Disciplinary Removal
- Defining Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs)
- What are Behavioral Intervention Plans?
- How Manifestation Determination Reviews Apply
- Protections for Children Not Yet Eligible for Special Education and Related Services
- Changes in Placement
- Suspensions and the Ten-Day Rule
- Legal Rules Governing Removal or Expulsion
- Interim Alternative Educational Settings
- Other Available Remedies
- "Stay Put" Placement During Pendency of Due Process
- Expedited Due Process Hearings
- ENSURING SUCCESSFUL DUE PROCESS PROCEDURES
1:15 - 2:15, Adam S. Weiss
- Actions to Take Upon Receipt of Request for Impartial Hearing
- Complying With Notice Requirements
- Examining Essential Timing Issues
- Providing for the Option of Mediation
- How to Prepare for a Due Process Hearing
- Crucial Elements in an Impartial Due Process Hearing
- When De Novo Reviews Apply
- Effective Ways to Avoid Due Process Litigation
- PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
2:30 - 3:30, Hillary D. Freeman
- Promoting Parent Awareness of Legal Rights and Recourse for Their Child
- Understanding Placement Issues
- Least Restrictive Environment and Inclusion
- Requirements for Unilateral Placements by Parents Seeking Public Payment
- Compensatory Education
- Preventing Disability Bullying and Harassment in the Schools
- Protecting Confidentiality of Information
- Special Education Damages Liability (Including Section 1983 Liability)
- Using the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to Ensure Compliance
- ETHICS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW
3:30 - 4:30, Scott Zucker
- Conflicts of Interest
- Acting in the Best Interests of the Child
HILLARY D. FREEMAN is an attorney with Freeman Law Offices, LLC, where she is deeply committed to her work representing people with disabilities and their families. She has experience representing clients in special education and Section 504 issues, higher education issues including accommodations on high stakes testing and graduate school admissions tests, guardianship matters, estate planning and adult services. Ms. Freeman was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2013, 2014 and 2015. She has also been awarded the Community Partnership Award from the Family Resource Network and Family Support Center of New Jersey (2012) and is the recipient of POAC's Robin Sims Trailblazer Award of 2015. Ms. Freeman is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a member of the Council of Parent and Attorney Advocates. Ms. Freeman is former vice president of the Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey, and a member of ASCEND: Asperger & Autism Alliance for Greater Philadelphia (Executive Board), New Jersey State Bar Association (Elder and Disability Law Section), International Dyslexia Association and COSAC/Autism New Jersey. She earned her J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law.
ADAM S. WEISS is a partner with Busch Law Group LLC. He is a defense litigator with significant litigation experience on behalf of school districts and municipalities throughout New Jersey. As a litigator, Mr. Weiss represents school boards in a wide-range of matters before the U.S. District Court, Superior Court of New Jersey, New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, New Jersey Department of Education School Ethics Commission, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. He often appears on behalf of and counsels school board clients on various issues pertaining to special education, personnel matters, student rights, and school ethics. Additionally, Mr. Weiss handles many employment cases, including those involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, civil rights violations, and whistleblowing. He currently serves as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association School Law Special Committee, having been appointed in 2013; and has been named a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2013-2017. Mr. Weiss earned his B.A. degree from Rutgers University, his M.A. degree from American University, and his J.D. degree from Touro College.
SCOTT ZUCKER is an attorney with Sciarrillo, Cornell, Merlino, McKeever & Osborne, LLC, where he focuses his practice on school law. Mr. Zucker represents boards of education in all areas of school law, including special education, other student issues, and labor and employment. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. Before practicing law, Mr. Zucker served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas N. Lyons and the Honorable Richard Newman of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Richmond and his J.D. degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law.
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