Live Seminar

Special Education Laws Made Simple



Tuesday, May 01, 2018


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Hampton Inn White Plains/Tarrytown

200 West Main Street

Elmsford, NY 10523


$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • CT CLE - 6.00
  • NJ CLE - 7.20
  • NY CLE - 7.00
  • PA CLE - 6.00


  • IACET - 0.60
  • Teacher Education Credit - 6.00

Program Description

Know Special Education Requirements and Procedures to a T

Are you looking for a seminar that spells out schools' obligations and options under special education laws? Do you need a practical guide to FAPE, LRE and due process? This comprehensive course lays out the legal requirements and procedures, and examines the landmines to avoid. Learn from other schools' missteps in applicable case studies, and get compliance tips from experienced attorney faculty on evaluating students, developing IEPs, making placement decisions, handling due process proceedings and managing behavioral issues. It's sure to be a jam-packed day of information you can't afford to miss. Register today!

  • Review public and private school responsibilities under the IDEA, Section 504, ADA and other laws that protect the rights of students with disabilities.
  • Stay up to date on court decisions and hearing results that affect special education requirements.
  • Recognize the current requirements of Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) in placement decisions.
  • Avoid the most common mistakes in IEP development.
  • Understand school liability for bullying problems, personnel reactions to student placement and discipline methods.
  • Explore the Response to Intervention model versus the traditional Discrepancy model in determining a student's eligibility for special education services.
  • Ensure school tests, reports and measurements meet the IDEA's evaluation requirements.
  • Walk through due process procedures - with tips on what to do prior to, at and after the hearing.
  • Prevent school personnel actions that could land a school in hot water.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed specifically for professionals who work with children with special needs in a school setting. Those who should attend include:

  • School Administrators
  • Principals
  • Superintendents
  • Board Members
  • Teachers
  • School Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Attorneys

Course Content

  1. Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
  2. Evaluations and Eligibility
  3. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  4. Placement Decisions and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  5. Due Process Procedures
  6. Disciplinary Procedures
  7. School Actions (or Inaction) That can Result in Lawsuits

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State
CLE 6.00 -  CT
CLE 7.20 -  NJ
CLE 7.00 -  NY*
CLE 6.00 -  PA

International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60

Teacher Education Credit – Teacher Education Credit: 6.00

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
    9:00 - 9:30, Written and presented by Marion M. Walsh in Elmsford and Patricia S. Phelan in New Windsor
    1. Section 504
    2. Key Definitions
    3. Q&A Session
  2. Evaluations and Eligibility
    9:30 - 10:15, Written and presented by Marion M. Walsh in Elmsford and Patricia S. Phelan in New Windsor.
    1. Procedural Safeguards
    2. Evaluations
      1. Notice/Consent and Timeline
      2. Test and Measurement Requirements
      3. Evaluation Options and Procedures
      4. Common Mistakes to Avoid
    3. Eligibility Determinations
      1. Eligibility Categories
      2. Adverse Educational Impact
      3. Need for Special Education Services
      4. Response to Intervention (RTI) and Discrepancy Model
    4. Q&A Session
  3. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
    10:30 - 12:00, Written and presented by Patricia S. Phelan in Elmsford and New Windsor.
    1. Team Meetings: Who, What, When, Why, and How to Make Them Successful
    2. Parent Participation
    3. The IEP Development Process/Components
    4. What Should be Included in the IEP
    5. IEP Implementation
    6. Amending IEPs
    7. Transition Requirements
    8. Extended School Year (ESY)
    9. Q&A Session
  4. Placement Decisions and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
    1:00 - 1:45, Written and presented by Marion M. Walsh in Elmsford and James K. Riley in New Windsor.
    1. LRE, Mainstreaming and Inclusion
    2. Continuum of Alternative Placements
    3. Placement Decision Requirements
    4. Factors That Can and Cannot be Considered
    5. Predetermining Placement
    6. Private Schools: Requirements, Placement Issues and School District Involvement
    7. Change in Placement
      1. Procedures
      2. Review of Placement Decisions and "Stay-Put"
    8. Q&A Session
  5. Due Process Procedures
    1:45 - 2:30, Written and presented by Marion M. Walsh in Elmsford and James K. Riley in New Windsor.
    1. Due Process Overview and Statute of Limitations
    2. Due Process Complaints and Responses
      1. Content Requirements and Timeframes
      2. Before the Complaint Arrives
      3. After the Complaint Arrives
    3. Dispute Resolution
    4. Mediation
    5. Pre-Hearing Procedures
    6. Preparing for the Hearing
    7. At the Hearing
    8. After Receiving the Decision
    9. Q&A Session
  6. Disciplinary Procedures
    2:45 - 3:30, Written and presented by James K. Riley in Elmsford and New Windsor.
    1. Managing Behavioral Issues
      1. Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs)
      2. Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs)
      3. Physical Restraints and Isolation Techniques
    2. Disciplinary Procedures
      1. Suspensions and Expulsions
      2. Disciplinary Changes in Placement
      3. Manifestation Determinations
      4. Interim Alternative Educational Settings
      5. Students Not Yet Eligible for Special Education and Related Services
      6. Expedited Due Process Hearings
    3. Q&A Session
  7. School Actions (or Inaction) That can Result in Lawsuits
    3:30 - 4:30, Written and presented by Marion M. Walsh in Elmsford. Presented by James K. Riley in New Windsor.
    1. Bullying and Harassment
    2. Section 504 - Discrimination
    3. Retaliation
    4. Interference with Rights
    5. Q&A Session

PATRICIA S. PHELAN is a solo practitioner with an established Rockland County firm dedicated exclusively to supporting parents of children with disabilities in need of navigating all possible aspects of the field of special education law. Services include negotiating with school districts, participating in CSE and 504 meetings, and litigating impartial due process hearings. Ms. Phelan is also certified by the NY State Education Department to preside over impartial due process hearings between parents of children with disabilities, and their school districts. Ms. Phelan received her J.D. degree from Washington University School of Law where she was an associate editor on the Law Revue. Mrs. Phelan received her B.S. degree from Union College. She is admitted to practice law in both New York and Connecticut. (Elmsford and New Windsor locations)

JAMES K. RILEY is a partner in the law firm of O'Connell & Riley, Esquires, where his practice areas include estate planning, elder law, estate administration, and probate. Mr. Riley is a certified financial planner and an accredited estate planner (National Association of Estate Planning Councils). He is an adjunct professor in the fields of estate planning and financial planning with Pace University and also with Long Island University. Mr. Riley is a member of the Rockland County, New York State, and American bar associations; and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He presently serves for a third term as a delegate to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates. Mr. Riley earned his A.B. degree from Fordham College and his J.D. degree from Rutgers University. (Elmsford and New Windsor locations)

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. (Elmsford location)

Please refer to Continuing Education Credit FAQ for general information about seeking credit for your participation in one of our continuing education programs.

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Phone: 866-240-1890


Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

CT CLE: 6.00
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 hours toward your annual CLE requirement in Connecticut, including 0.0 hour(s) of ethics/professionalism.

NJ CLE: 7.20
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 7.2 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 0.0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism.

NY CLE: 7.00 Includes - Areas of Professional Practice: 7.00
This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 7.0 credit hours. 7.0 hours can be applied to the areas of professional practice requirement and 0.0 hour can be applied toward the ethics and professionalism requirement. This live format program is appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

PA CLE: 6.00
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for a total of 6.0 hours, including 6.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 0.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.

International Association for Continuing Education Training

N IACET: 0.60
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 0.6 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. Explain the legal definition of Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). 2. Describe the student evaluation requirements with which schools need to comply. 3. List at least five necessary components of an effective individualized education program (IEP). 4. List at least two factors that cannot be considered in determining a student's placement. 5. Describe the statute of limitations for filing a due process complaint. 6. Describe how schools should handle disciplining a student with special needs. 7. List at least three school actions that can be considered discrimination, retaliation or interference with rights.

Teacher Education Credit

NY TEC: 6.00
New York Professional Development hours available with district approval.

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