CMBA Conference Center
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Cleveland, OH 44114
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Obtain Essential Special Education Legal Best Practices
Special education legal issues can be confusing for school personnel and attorneys alike. This hands-on legal guide will walk you through legal best practices concerning IEPs, 504 plans, manifest determination reviews and more. Our experienced attorney faculty will give you the information you need to provide maximum legal protections to special needs students and minimize school exposure to lawsuits. Handle special education issue with confidence - register today!
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar on special education law is for:
This course has been approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.0 CLE credit hours, including 0.0 hour of attorney professional conduct instruction.
NBI, Inc. is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. NBI, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 0.60 CEUs for this program. At the end of the program, participants must complete a self-assessment in order to receive credit. 100% attendance is required. (Provider #1004558)
Upon completion of this course, attendee will be able to: 1. Identify two special education legal updates. 2. State IDEA evaluation best practices. 3. Identify the differences between IEPs and 504 plans. 4. Describe when bullying of special needs students exposes schools to significant legal liabilities. 5. State what to do if MDR results are disputed. 6. Describe examples of discriminatory suspension and expulsion practices.
Ohio CEUs available with district approval.
VIVIAN GARFUNKEL has worked in education for more than 35 years. She is regularly called upon by teachers, special-education leaders, therapists, behavioral consultants, and school administrators to assist in professional development and establishing effective intervention programs, according to state and federal grant regulations. Ms. Garfunkel also has experience facilitating federal grants, and advocates for parents in both public school and non-public school settings. She began her career as a special-education intervention specialist at Wickliffe Middle School, while also working as a professional development seminar instructor within local school systems and learning centers - something she continues to this day. Additionally, Ms. Garfunkel teaches special needs and classroom discipline courses as a member of the adjunct faculty at both Cleveland's Yavne Teacher's College and Notre Dame College. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and education from Notre Dame College of Ohio, and a master's in education and learning disabilities from John Carroll University. Ms. Garfunkel is certified in English, Hebrew, administration, and learning behavior disabilities.
RYAN M. GEMBALA is a partner in the Ohio law firm O’Toole, McLaughlin, Dooley & Pecora, Co., and a member of the firm’s education practice group. Mr. Gembala provides a variety of legal services to public school districts, including handling labor and employment issues, grievances and arbitrations, State Employment Relations Board and unfair labor practice matters, employee and student disciplinary matters, and collective bargaining negotiations. He regularly consults with school district clients on compliance matters, including effective compliance with ADA, IDEA, the Civil Rights Act, and related statutes and regulations. He also works with his clients on privacy matters, including navigating the Ohio Sunshine Law, the Public Records Act, and the Open Meetings Act, among others. As a litigator Mr. Gembala has represented clients in state, federal, and administrative matters, including appellate matters. He is an active member of the Lorain County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association; and is admitted to practice in the state of Ohio, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of Ohio, the District of Colorado, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Northern and Western districts of New York. Mr. Gembala earned his J.D. degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, and his bachelor’s degree with honors from The Ohio State University.
TODD B. KOTLER is an attorney with GRUBER, THOMAS & CO., L.P.A., where he is a general practice attorney with focuses in family law, criminal and civil litigation, as well as education law. Mr. Kotler is one of the few attorneys in Northeast Ohio practicing education law, representing clients and their families through consultations and representing them at Individualized Education Plan team meetings, mediations, expulsion hearings, Manifestation Determination Reviews, Department of Education Due Process hearings, and federal court. He advocates for parents of special needs children; defending each child's right to receive the free and appropriate public education (FAPE), guaranteed under state and federal law. Mr. Kotler was admitted to practice law in all courts of Ohio in 1999 and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio in 2001. His membership activities include the Stark County Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association (where he has held chair and vice chair positions on several committees), and the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys. Mr. Kotler has presented to several groups on education law and has taught continuing legal education to fellow attorneys, in this area. Additionally, he has received mediation training, through the Ohio Supreme Court, Dispute Resolution Section. Mr. Kotler earned his bachelor's degree from Bradley University and his law degree from The University of Akron.
RHONDA J. PORTER is an attorney with Day Ketterer. Ms. Porter serves as the chair of Day Ketterer’s education law practice group and focuses her practice on representing school boards throughout Ohio with an emphasis on special education and related civil rights litigation. Prior to joining Day Ketterer, Ms. Porter served as general counsel for the Akron Public School District for over ten years and as general counsel to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for three years. Her special education law practice involves advising school boards on all aspects of special education law, including the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She represents districts in due process hearings and files and responds to special education complaints. Ms. Porter is a certified ATIXA Title IX administrator and investigator, and has her Ohio state auditor public records certification. She is a nationally recognized speaker in the areas of student records; school safety; Title IX; First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment issues related to school systems; and Section 504. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Northern District of Ohio, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, and is also a member of the Ohio State and Akron bar associations. Ms. Porter regularly gives presentations and in-service trainings to school district personnel locally and throughout Ohio. She earned her J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her Master's degree from Duquesne University.
SUSAN C. STONE is a partner with Kohrman|Jackson|Krantz and is co-chair of KJK's student and athlete defense practice group. Ms. Stone handles matters ranging from special education issues, student disciplinary matters and Title IX investigations. She has gained a national reputation for representing students and professors in campus Title IX cases. Ms. Stone is routinely hired as a student advisor for the campus investigation and hearing phase of proceedings and is also retained to handle subsequent university-level appeals. Her talent as a student advisor has led to her representing Greek organizations and athletes. Ms. Stone is a nationally published author and blogger on topics related to education law. She has lectured on subjects that include Title IX, twice exceptional students, FERPA and the handling of educational records, and behavioral issues related to students with disabilities. Ms. Stone earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Miami University and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She also received a certificate of completion in restorative justice training from Skidmore College.
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