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 issue with confidence - order today!
NEELANJAN CHOUDHURY is an attorney with the firm of Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP. Previously, he worked for a firm that focused on premises liability litigation. Since starting work at Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP, Mr. Choudhury has been involved in matters concerning student discipline, special education, public works contracts, construction and employment discrimination litigation, tax certiorari litigation and various other areas involving education law. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester and his J.D. degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. (Latham and Poughkeepsie locations)
JAMES P. DROHAN is a partner with the law firm of Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP. Mr. Drohan has concentrated his practice on litigation and education law matters. He has represented various private and public employers, and has litigated civil rights, employment discrimination and special education cases at various levels of the state and federal court systems. He has taught school law as an adjunct professor of education law at St. John’s University, Mount Saint Mary College (teaching a graduate course on legal issues in special education), SUNY New Paltz and Pace University. Mr. Drohan has served as invited speaker for a number of organizations, including the Practising Law Institute, the New York State School Boards Association, and the New York State Association of School Attorneys on issues such as school safety, special education, disability discrimination, civil rights and legal ethics. He served on the Board of Advisors for the “No Child Left Behind Compliance Insider” and the “Special Education Law Insider.” He has been named as a Super Lawyer in Upstate New York from 2012-2017. Mr. Drohan is the author of “The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 Update” (26 Touro L. Rev. 1173), he has also contributed a chapter to Inside the Minds: Emerging Issues in K-12 Campus Security (Aspatore Books, 2015). He earned his A.B. degree from Georgetown University and his J.D. degree from Fordham University. (Poughkeepsie location)
DAVID H. STRONG is an attorney with Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP. His legal practice focuses primarily on education law. Mr. Strong has represented clients in special education impartial hearings and appeals, as well as matters involving tax certiorari claims, public works contracts, student discipline, employment discrimination, and other litigation matters. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York; the state of Connecticut; and the U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of New York. Mr. Strong earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Fordham University and his J.D. degree from Pace University School of Law. (Latham location)
MARION M. WALSH is an attorney with Littman Krooks LLP, where she focuses her practice on special and general education advocacy. Ms. Walsh has worked in education law for more than 15 years and has been an advocate for children in many capacities. She has worked to improve public school districts for all students. She is a past president of the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education (2009-2012) and served on the board as a trustee for nine years. Prior to joining Littman Krooks, Ms. Walsh recently worked as an attorney for a law firm specializing in education law, where her practice focused on special education compliance and defense. She is a certified impartial hearing officer for children with disabilities by the New York State Education Department. Ms. Walsh has written three books: What Do I Do When? The Answer Book on the No Child Left Behind Act, The Superintendent’s Guide to Special Education Policies and Procedures, and Student Discipline & School Safety: Administrator’s Guide to Best Practices, Policies & Procedures. She received her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Long Island University C.W. Post Campus. Ms. Walsh is admitted to practice in New York and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. (Poughkeepsie location)