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Mental health issues in schools extend beyond special education classrooms, and each school professional needs to have a clear idea of what the law requires and how to comply with the plethora of regulations and procedures. In this engaging instruction, experienced practitioners will share their methods to preventing student neglect and discrimination, and their hard-won resolution approaches. Help every student get the best possible education with this focused school law guide to student mental health. Order today!
This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.0 hours of recorded technology CLE credit.
MATTHEW W. BELL is associate general counsel for the Madison Metropolitan School District. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Bell practiced as a school psychologist for eight years prior to earning his law degree. After earning his law degree, he practiced school and disability law as an associate with the Michigan law firm of LaPointe & Butler, P.C. Mr. Bell is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
TRISHA A. OLSON is an attorney at Hauser, Izzo, Petrarca, Gleason & Stillman, LLC. She earned her B.A. degree in English and secondary education, cum laude, from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her J.D. degree from New York Law School. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Olson was a high school English teacher and special education 1:1 aide in suburban Chicago schools. While attending law school, she clerked at a law firm representing families of students with autism, ran the Sanctuary for Families-Courtroom Advocates Program and was a research assistant for Nadine Strossen, the then-president of the American Civil Liberties Union. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Olson represented parents of students with disabilities, private schools, as well as boards of education and municipalities. She also previously represented the Illinois State Board of Education as an assistant general counsel dedicated to issues of special education, homeless student education, residency, and English learner programs. Ms. Olson has served as an elected member of the Chicago Public Schools local school counsel.
KATHRYN S. VANDER BROEK is of counsel in the Education Law Practice Group at Franczek Radelet P.C. She practices in the areas of school and employment law with an emphasis in special education and discrimination law. Her experience as a licensed clinical social worker serves to uniquely benefit her clients. Ms Vander Broek chairs the School and Mental Health Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Special Education. While there, her and the committee developed a combined consent form for schools and parents that authorized the release of school student records. Her representation includes a variety of matters related to students covered by disability laws including determining eligibility, disciplinary procedures, and interim alternative placements. Ms. Vander Broek advises schools with student and staff discipline issues, allegations of discrimination, comprehensive policy reviews, confidentiality of public records, negotiation of intergovernmental agreements, and other school operations. She regularly assists school districts with reviewing special education programs and supports school boards in monitoring and setting initiatives consistent with their legal obligations to students with disabilities. Ms. Vander Broek has extensive experience addressing whether services offered or provided meet the district's obligations to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and with administrative due process proceedings. In her employment law practice, she focuses primarily on discrimination and disability law. Before joining the firm, she was a staff attorney and programs administrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department Resource Section. While there, she was involved in program and policy development across offices working in the Juvenile Court System.