Audio CD + Course Book

Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

Product ID#:

77611CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • CA CLE - 6.00
From Event: Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, held December 2017.

Program Description

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!

Course Content

  1. Essential Special Education Legal Updates You Need to Know
  2. Ensuring Special Needs Students Receive Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
  3. Developing Legally Compliant IEPs That Benefit Students: With Examples
  4. 504 Plan Eligibility and Accommodation Best Practices
  5. Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior?
  6. Due Process Rights: Ensuring Appropriate Practices During Disputes

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 CA - Credit Approval Expiration 12/14/2019


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Essential Special Education Legal Updates You Need to Know
    9:00 - 10:00, Christian M. Knox
  2. Ensuring Special Needs Students Receive Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
    10:15 - 11:15, Aimellia K. Siemson
    1. Recognizing Harassment and Interference with Special Education Services
    2. Documenting Responses to Bullying and Harassment
    3. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials for Special Needs Students
    4. Multiple Suspensions and Denial of FAPE
  3. Developing Legally Compliant IEPs That Benefit Students: With Examples
    11:15 - 12:15, Christian M. Knox
    1. Evaluation Best Practices
    2. Mitigating the Chance for Legal Liabilities in the Meeting
    3. Ensuring Legally Defensible Documentation for Every Decision
    4. IEP Progress Monitoring
    5. Changing the IEP: Essential Guidelines
    6. IEP Do's and Don'ts - With Examples
  4. 504 Plan Eligibility and Accommodation Best Practices
    1:15 - 2:15, Paul R. Gant
    1. 504 Plans vs. IEPs
    2. Eligibility Procedure Best Practices
      1. Should IDEA Procedures be Used?
      2. The ADAAA and 504 Plan Eligibility
      3. The Use of Parent-Submitted Information
    3. Determining Educationally - and Legally - Appropriate Accommodations
    4. Legal Best Practices for Students Who Do Not Need Classroom Accommodations
  5. Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior?
    2:30 - 3:30, Paul R. Gant
    1. Necessary Procedures Under the IDEA
    2. Discipline Documentation: What to Include
    3. Determining if Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs), Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) and Discipline Documentation Align
    4. What to Do if MDR Results are Disputed
  6. Due Process Rights: Ensuring Appropriate Practices During Disputes
    3:30 - 4:30, Aimellia K. Siemson
    1. Due Process Overview and Statutes of Limitations
    2. Notice Requirements and Timing Issues
    3. Informal Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Resolution Sessions and Negotiation
    4. How to Prepare for a Due Process Hearing
    5. Appealing Decisions

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.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

CA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
12/14/2019
This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California and may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of self-study credit, of which 0.0 hour will apply to legal ethics self-study credit. NBI, Inc. certifies this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. NBI, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider - #53.


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