Practical Guidance for Preparing for Hearings, Drafting MDR Reports and More
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When a disciplinary action occurs and has the potential to lead to a change of placement, a manifestation determination review (MDR) is necessary to investigate the relationship between the student's disability and the behavior. Are you familiar with legal best practices for preparing for and conducting MDRs? Review the latest case law, unearth guidelines for conducting functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) and analyze best practices for reviewing and implementing IEPs - order today!
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CRAIG D. BECKER is an attorney with Craig David Becker Attorney at Law, LLC, where he practices education law and criminal defense. He also practices special education law, representing students, including special needs students, who have been denied an appropriate and effective education; as well as representing students in disciplinary actions. In addition to maintaining his own firm, Mr. Becker is of counsel to the law firm of Gerstein Grayson & Cohen, LLP. He is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Becker is trustee for the Camden County Bar Association; and is a member of the Burlington County, New Jersey State, and Pennsylvania (Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee) bar associations. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
CATHLEEN M. DOOLEY is a partner with the law firm of Udall Shumway, where she practices in the education law section. She represents school districts and charter schools on a broad range of matters, including special education (such as 504 complaints, special education due process hearings, and IEP issues), personnel matters (such as EEOC complaints and employee disciplinary proceedings), contracts, open meeting law, and student discipline. Dr. Dooley has presented on personnel and special education issues at numerous conferences, including the AZ CEC/CASE Principals Institute, the Arizona Charter School Association Legal Week program, and the Arizona School Board Association Annual Law Conference. She is admitted to practice before Arizona state courts and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Dr. Dooley is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the Pima County Bar Association. She is also the president of the Southern Arizona Legal Aid Board of Directors. Dr. Dooley earned her Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arizona.
ERIN D. GILSBACH is an of counsel attorney with the law firm of Steckel and Stopp in Pennsylvania and the executive director of EdLaw Interactive, an organization that provides school law training to educators and school leaders nationwide. Ms. Gilsbach is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels. She provides legal consulting services and a wide variety of school law training programs to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, school leader organizations, educator associations, parent groups, and other organizations. In addition to special education issues, she specializes in legally-defensible policy and procedural development for schools, trending legal issues regarding technology and education, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and a variety of other school law topics. Ms. Gilsbach currently serves as the president of the PSBA Solicitor's Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys. She earned her J.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.
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