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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, manifestation determination reviews and more. It will provide you with the information you need to provide maximum legal protections to special needs students and minimize school exposure to lawsuits. Handle special education issues with confidence - order today!
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PAUL R. GANT is a partner with Kingsley Bogard LLP, where he leads its student services and special education services department. Mr. Gant practices in the areas of education and school law, employment and labor law, and governance and related matters. He previously served as a special education hearing officer. Mr. Gant has litigated numerous cases in employment and labor, disability rights, workers’ compensation and public employee retirement benefits. Additionally, he was previously a legal advisor for the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Gant is a member of the California Council of School Attorneys and the State Bar of California. He earned his B.S. degree from Tufts University and his J.D. degree from Hastings College of the Law.
CHRISTIAN M. KNOX is with Ruderman & Knox, LLP, and brings more than 20 years of experience in working with special needs children and practicing law. Previously, Ms. Knox served as a special education hearing officer and traveled throughout the state of California conducting administrative hearings and issuing decisions. Ms. Knox has extensive experience with abused and neglected children and previously served as a staff attorney with Sacramento Child Advocates, representing children in all areas of law including education and emancipation. During her tenure with the Fourth Judicial District Court in Elko, Nevada, Ms. Knox served as Teen Court judge, presiding over the first-time offender program. In 2001, Ms. Knox received the Women’s Role Model of the Year Award from the Attorney General for the State of Nevada for her work with children in the foster care system. In 1993, Ms. Knox received her J.D. degree from Western State University College of Law, where she served as a tutor for disabled students. Ms. Knox completed extensive undergraduate work in music therapy at Long Beach State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in law.
AIMELLIA K. SIEMSON is a principal attorney at Ahmschen Law and visiting professor, practicing in the areas of business law, immigration law, and family law. Ms. Siemson currently manages various cases in business formation and compliance, investments, immigration benefits, and various areas of family law, ranging from divorce to child custody and support. During law school in Washington D.C., she worked in the Legislative Clinic and the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic, which provided her with more than 1,200 hours of pro bono legal experience. Ms. Siemson is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California, Sacramento County Bar Association, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from California State University, Fresno and her J.D. degree from the University of the District of Columbia.