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Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide

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February, 2018

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78137CDRA

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From Event: Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, held February 2018.

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 issue with confidence - order today!

Course Content

  1. Essential Special Education Legal Updates You Need to Know
  2. Bullying and Harassment: 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. Avoiding Disability Discrimination Complaints: Lessons From Recent Court Cases and Enforcement Actions
  7. English Language Learners (ELLs) and Special Education: Ensuring Legal Best Practices

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State Credit Approval Expiration
CLE 6.00 CT 02/06/2020
CLE 7.20 NJ 11/03/2018
CLE 7.00 NY * 02/06/2019
CLE 6.00 PA 02/06/2020

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Essential Special Education Legal Updates You Need to Know
    9:00 - 9:45, Written by Neelanjan Choudhury and Marion M. Walsh. Presented by Neelanjan Choudhury in Latham and Marion M. Walsh in Poughkeepsie.
  2. Bullying and Harassment: Ensuring Special Needs Students Receive Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
    9:45 - 10:45, Written by David H. Strong and Marion M. Walsh. Presented by David H. Strong in Latham and Marion M. Walsh in Poughkeepsie.
    1. Understanding FAPE in Different Forms: IDEA and Section 504
    2. Recognizing Harassment and Interference With Special Education Services
    3. Special Needs Students as Perpetrators: How to Handle It
    4. Documenting Responses to Bullying and Harassment
  3. Developing Legally Compliant IEPs That Benefit Students: With Examples
    11:00 - 12:00, Written by Neelanjan Choudhury and Marion M. Walsh. Presented by Neelanjan Choudhury in Latham and Marion M. Walsh in Poughkeepsie.
    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
    1:00 - 2:00, Written by David H. Strong and Marion M. Walsh. Presented by David H. Strong in Latham and Marion M. Walsh in Poughkeepsie.
    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?
    2:00 - 2:45, Written by Neelanjan Choudhury. Presented by Neelanjan Choudhury in Latham and Poughkeepsie.
    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. Avoiding Disability Discrimination Complaints: Lessons From Recent Court Cases and Enforcement Actions
    3:00 - 3:45, Written by James P. Drohan and David H. Strong. Presented by David H. Strong in Latham and James P. Drohan in Poughkeepsie.
    1. Ensuring Equal Access to All Programs: Sports, Gifted and Talented, Etc.
    2. Technology and Accessibility, Including Websites
    3. Ensuring Modifications and Changes in Placement are Necessary
    4. Discriminatory Suspension and Discipline Practices
    5. Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion
    6. Recognizing Racial Disparity in Special Education Programs
  7. English Language Learners (ELLs) and Special Education: Ensuring Legal Best Practices
    3:45 - 4:30, Written by Neelanjan Choudhury and James P. Drohan. Presented by Neelanjan Choudhury in Latham and James P. Drohan in Poughkeepsie.
    1. Knowing When Referral is Appropriate
    2. How ELLs Should be Evaluated
    3. IEPs for ELLs
      1. IEP Meeting Essentials for ELLs
      2. Ensuring Language Instruction Meshes With IEP Objectives
    4. Legally Compliant School Policies for English Language and Special Education Co-Services

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)

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Continuing Legal Education

CT CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
02/06/2020
Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. It is the opinion of NBI, Inc. that this activity qualifies for up to 6.0 self-study hours toward your annual CLE requirement in Connecticut, including 0.0 self-study hour(s) of ethics/professionalism.


NJ CLE: 7.20 Credit Approval Exp
11/03/2018
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 7.2 hours of alternative format CLE credit. Of these, 0.0 qualify as hours of alternative learning format credit for ethics/professionalism. No more than 12.0 hours of alternative learning format CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.


NY CLE: 7.00 Credit Approval Exp
02/06/2019
Includes - Areas of Professional Practice: 7.00
This nontraditional format course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 7.0 credit hours. 7.0 hours can be applied to the areas of professional practice requirement and is approved for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.


PA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
02/06/2020
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. This program may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of distance learning credit, including 6.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 0.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse distance learning CLE credit. No more than 6.0 hours of distance learning CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.


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