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2017 Webinar Speaker Biographies

Melissa Alexander, (Missy) is a parent educator with Maryland’s Parent Training and Information Center. She works with families of children with disabilities in the 3 Southern Maryland counties, helping them advocate for appropriate educational services for their children and finding community resources to meet their children's needs. She presents parent and professional workshops on a variety of topics, and helps facilitate study groups using Wrightslaw's "Fro” Emotions to Advocacy" framework. She is the parent advocate on the St. Mary's County's Local Care Team (formerly known as Local Coordinating Council), and is a member of the St. Mary's County, Maryland Local Management Board. Missy has been a guest lecturer at Towson University, Johns Hopkins University, and The College of Southern Maryland on parenting a child with autism. Missy is Secretary for the Learning Disabilities Association of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, and is on the Board of Directors for the Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland. And the Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland. Missy’s dedication and passion for advocating for children with disabilities stems from advocating for her own daughter. Missy is an active member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, specifically the Membership and Conference Committees, and was the first advocate member to Chair of the COPAA Board of Directors in 2012-2013. 

Katherine Aquino-Melendez is an attorney in the White Plains office of the Cuddy Law Firm, PLLC. Katherine graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University and received her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law. While in law school she was an active member of LALSA (Latino Law Student Association) and a member of the Student Bar Association. As a second-year law student, Katherine participated in the Juvenile Justice Clinic; she advocated and represented students in matters related to residency, disciplinary, and special education needs. She is admitted to practice in New York and the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York. She is fluent in Spanish and her practice focuses on special education advocacy and litigation. She represents families of students with disabilities in impartial hearings throughout New York State including New York City where she often represents low income underserved families who are non-English speakers.

Matthew Cohen, is owner and founder of the Chicago law firm, Matt Cohen and Associates LLC (2012). Currently admitted to practice in Illinois, his practice concentration is representation of children and families in special education and discipline disputes with public schools. He also has extensive experience in mental health and confidentiality law, representing many mental health providers and agencies. Mr. Cohen frequently litigates special education matters in the federal courts, and has represented hundreds of families in special education disputes. He lectures on special education, mental health and confidentiality issues throughout the United States and publishes frequently on these topics. He is a legal commentator for LD Online and a periodic columnist for Attention Magazine. He contributed to the introduction in the K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities, 8th Edition (College Admissions Guides). He completed a chapter for a special issue of the medical journal AMSTAR (Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews) on ADHD and Learning Disabilities in Adolescents that was released summer of 2008. He also has completed a book on special education advocacy titled, A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Clinicians and Advocates Need to Know, which was published in February, 2009. He is a past adjunct faculty member at Loyola University School of Law. He is the former President of National CHADD(Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder), is a current board member of COPAA (Council on Parent Attorneys and Advocates), has chaired the Illinois Attorney Generals Committee on Special Education for many years, and is involved in a wide variety of disability related groups. His peers have elected him to the Illinois Super Lawyers List in 2005, 2007-2015 and again in 2016. He is a graduate of Grinnell College and the University of Minnesota Law School.

Sandra Dixon Shove, is a former elementary educator, a non-attorney special education advocate in private practice, and a longtime Autism Society affiliate leader. She has 12 years of experience teaching, 10 years advocating for children with a variety of disabilities, and more than 11 years supporting and mentoring parents, as well as developing and presenting community awareness programs countywide as an Autism Society leader. She is the mother of three adolescents/young adults (one with autism); Vice President, Autism Society of Santa Barbara; First Vice President, Autism Society of California; and a member of the Alliance of California Autism Organizations, Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys, and Women’s Organization for Special Education Professionals. Sandy draws from this broad background and shares lessons learned while helping other parents become empowered members of their children’s planning teams.

Lesli Doan, Ph.D., has been providing services in school psychology since 2002. She has provided services in several states, including Texas, Arizona, Alabama, and Washington. A school-based school psychologist for ten years, as well as a college professor for five years, she now focuses on providing consultation to parents, advocates, and parent attorneys in order to help navigate the process of education services. Dr. Doan specializes in knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEIA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as special education statutes under the Texas Commissioner Rules and Texas Education Code. Dr. Doan currently has a monthly program with the Council for Parent Attorneys and Advocates called "Ask the Psychologist," which highlights important topics in the field. She is the owner of Rooted Nomad, LLC.

Dr. Alfreddie Felder is an Education Advocate with Disability Rights Texas. Dr. Felder has been and continues to be an advocate for her adult daughter with special needs. Dr. Felder has over 25 year of public education experience as a classroom teacher, school/parent liaison, elementary school assistant principal and principal, and district level administrator. She has also served as a full-time professor of education, teaching courses in special education, multicultural studies, and school law. Dr. Felder has presented at both state and national conferences on educational issues involving the African American learner. She is a member of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators and the National Alliance of Black School educators. Dr. Felder earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas; Master of Science in Educational Leadership/Administration from University of Houston; and Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Sarah Flohre, a supervising attorney in the Healthy Together program, a Medical Legal Partnership at DC’s Children’s Law Center. Sarah joined Children’s Law Center as a special education staff attorney in 2012, after working for many years in private practice, advocating for the special education needs of low-income children and families. She has litigated over thirty administrative due process hearings, has litigated appeals of Hearing Officers’ Decisions under IDEIA in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and has assisted with class action litigation on post-Katrina health care issues. Sarah has presented on special education issues and special education litigation practice in many forums, including at the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (“COPAA”) Annual Conference, the National Association of Counsel for Children’s Annual Conference (“NACC”), the Neglect and Delinquency Practice Institute in the District of Columbia (“NDPI”), the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association Annual Conference (“NLADA”) and the 16th American Bar Association Conference on Children and the Law. Sarah also serves as co-chair of the Special Education Attorney Roundtable (“SEAR”), a special education attorney case handlers group, in the District of Columbia.

Louis H. Geigerman has been a professional advocate since 1995 when he founded National ARD/IEP Advocates. Louis has logged over 1250 hours in IEP and Section 504 meetings and over 400 hours in mediations and resolution sessions. He is a charter member of the Council of Parents, Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA). In 1995, he underwent training conducted by the Texas Association of Section 504 Coordinators and Hearing officers and received certification as a Section 504 hearing officer. He has spoken to a variety of groups regarding special education services including The ARC of Houston, The Texas State Autism Conference, COPAA, The Learning Disability Association of Fort Bend County, ASPIE of Houston, Future Horizons, The Houston Young Lawyers Association and The Northwest Houston Chapter of the Autism Society of America. In the summer of 2007, he was featured in a chapter on advocacy in the book by Scott Teal, "Defending and Parenting Children Who Learn Differently: Lessons from Edison's Mother" by Praeger Publishing. In 2014 he co-founded a lecture series entitled the Benjamin J. Geigerman Lecture Series through the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in memory of his deceased son to address the vocational needs of high functioning individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. He is frequently requested to provide expert testimony in federal court regarding harassment of students protected under Section 504, IDEA, Title IX and Title VI. In 2015, he assisted in the successful effort in passing legislation in the Texas Legislature to mandate the installation of surveillance cameras in self-contained, special needs classrooms. In July 2015, he began hosting a weekly radio show entitled "The Special Ed/Section 504 Radio Hour". He is the proud parent of Benjamin that passed away in July 2011 and Kayla who is currently employed by a major software company. 

Judith Gran, Judith is a founding member and past Board Member of COPAA and an active member of the COPAA Government Relations Committee.  Judith is perhaps best known within COPAA for providing her invaluable annual case law review at each conference.  Prior to joining Reisman Carolla Gran, Judith practiced law at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia from 1984 to 2009. She served as Director of Disability Projects from 1998 to 2009. She has conducted class action litigation to obtain community services for institutionalized persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, California, Illinois, and Tennessee. Her work as counsel for the Arc of Pennsylvania and the plaintiff class during the implementation phase of the consent decree in Halderman v. Pennhurst from 1986 through 1998 led to significant improvements in community service systems in Philadelphia and other counties. Ms. Gran represents special education students in administrative and judicial proceedings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other states, including the class action suit, Gaskin v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a case – currently in its implementation phase - brought to enforce the least restrictive environment mandate of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Sonja D. Kerr, is Director of Impact Litigation with the Cuddy Law firm. She was previously Director of Disability Rights for the prestigious Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. The daughter of a deaf parent, and sister of a person with epilepsy, Ms. Kerr learned about disabilities firsthand early in her life. Ms. Kerr is a 1987 graduate of Indiana University School of Law. Ms. Kerr was honored to serve as the first chair of the nationwide Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and continues to be involved with COPAA. Ms. Kerr provides representation through both class actions and individual representations. Recent cases include two individual due process cases in Texas with systemic implications, cases in Pennsylvania including an individual case on significance of assistive technology, an individual case concerning nursing services for a student with multiple impairments, a class action concerning ESY in Pennsylvania, a class action against the State of Pennsylvania to ensure funding for an impoverished school district, and a class on behalf of students with autism in the School District of Philadelphia requiring parental participation in school placement decisions. Ms. Kerr has been involved in litigation to protect the rights of Limited English Proficient parents, and regarding the misidentification and disproportionate placement of non-Caucasian students into special education. Ms. Kerr is committed to providing information and training to all persons involved in the IEP process, but especially parents, their attorneys and advocates. She is a frequent writer and lecturer on special education issues. Ms. Kerr is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho, where she completed her B.A. in Psychology, and completed a Masters in Counseling Psychology at Purdue University. Ms. Kerr is admitted to practice in Texas, Indiana, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Minnesota (non-active by choice) and has been specially admitted in various other states, circuit courts of appeals and jurisdictions. 

Josh Kershenbaum, is a founding Member of Frankel & Kershenbaum, LLC, a law firm devoted exclusively to representing children and families. Josh's clients benefit not only from his extensive litigation experience, but from the valuable perspective and knowledge he gained in his previous career as a teacher in a public elementary school. Today, Josh represents children and families in matters ranging from special education law, school discipline and truancy, bullying and discrimination, child-centered personal injury and Constitutional rights of students. He also represents college and graduate students in disputes with institutions of higher education. Josh is a frequent author and lecturer. He developed and taught a Special Education Law Seminar as an adjunct professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law; is a contributing writer to MetroKids magazine; and trains parents, attorneys and advocates in all aspects of special education law. Josh has also appeared on WHYY's "Voices in the Family" with Dr. Dan Gottleib and WOGL's "Philadelphia Agenda" with Brad Segall. His firm is a proud member of the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA) and Josh has presented twice at past COPAA conferences.

Amy Larsen is a mother of 2 daughters, one with the diagnosis of autism. Working with persons with disabilities came to me. Amy shares over 20 years’ experience working with disabilities and education. Her career spans service positions of special education teacher, autism supervisor, adjunct faculty at California State University, Long Beach, an independent consultant, job coach, and behaviorist in group homes. Amy's private practice is her pride and joy! In addition to her expertise in autism and applied behavioral analysis, she is also known for her competencies in pedagogy, accommodations, assistive technology, adapted physical education, parent involvement, collaboration, and special-education law. Amy's excellence in negotiation and mediation skills has achieved positive results for children with disabilities to access the core curriculum in the least restrictive environment, provided the proper supports and services.

Julia Longoria is a team attorney on the education team at Disability Rights Texas. She joined the Disability Rights Texas’ team in May 2015. Prior to her work at Disability Rights Texas, Ms. Longoria spent two years at DeMott, McChesney, Curtright and Armendariz, (DMCA) a full-service immigration law firm in San Antonio, Texas. While at DMCA, Ms. Longoria represented clients in immigration proceedings and petitions. Ms. Longoria specialized in cases with overlapping immigration and disability related issues. Prior to her employment with DMCA, Julia spent four years working at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid on the Youth Rights Team, providing legal assistance to low income, at-risk youth, with an emphasis on special education law. Ms. Longoria attended the University of Notre Dame where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. While in law school, she served as vice president of the National Latina/o Law Student Association and was also a Senior Staff Member of the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy. She also participated in UT’s Domestic Violence Clinic, providing legal assistance as a student attorney to survivors of domestic violence. Julia clerked with MALDEF in San Antonio and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York City. 

 

Kerry McGrath is a senior attorney in the White Plains office of the Cuddy Law Firm, PLLC. Kerry focuses her practice on special education advocacy and litigation. She graduated from New York Law School in 2012 and was admitted to practice in New York in 2013. Kerry graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Public Citizenship in 2006. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. Prior to law school, Kerry was a New York City public school teacher. She participated in the New York City Teaching Fellows program and taught fifth, sixth, and seventh grade English as a Second Language (ESL) at Intermediate School 52. She also earned a Master's in Education at City College of New York in 2008. While at New York Law School, Kerry was a member of the Justice Action Center. As a part of her membership, she took courses in education law and policy, special education law, civil rights law, and trial advocacy. Kerry also participated in the New York Law School Street Law Program where she taught constitutional law to a group of students in a Bronx middle school. In 2011, Kerry coached the winning team at the New York Law School Street Law Moot Court competition. Kerry also participated in the civil rights clinic where she represented an individual in an employment discrimination mediation, represented a community in Mississippi in a school desegregation case, and advocated for a child aging out of the foster care system. She is fluent in Spanish and devotes a portion of her practice representing underserved families in due process hearings throughout New York State. Kerry is also admitted in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Richard O’Meara is a shareholder and director in the law firm of Murray, Plumb & Murray in Portland, Maine, which has the largest practice in Maine representing families of students with disabilities. He received his B.A degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College; an M.Sc. degree with distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a J.D. degree summa cum laude from the University of Virginia School of Law. Mr. O’Meara has been involved with the ACLU of Maine since 1987 and with COPAA since its inception. As part of his civil litigation practice, he regularly represents families of children with disabilities in disputes arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Maine Human Rights Act. Mr. O’Meara is the president of the Board of Disability Rights Maine, the state’s federally-funded protection and advocacy agency, and a member of COPAA’s Amicus Curiae Committee. 

Amy Phalon is an associate attorney at the law firm of Murray Plumb & Murray. Her practice is centered on representing students with disabilities and their families. Amy received her J.D. from Maine Law School in 2013. She received an M.A. in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, in 2001; and her undergraduate degree is from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Prior to embarking on her legal career, Amy taught writing and English literature courses at York County Community College in Wells, Maine. She is a member of the Disability Rights Maine Board of Directors and the Chairperson of the Town of York Planning Board.

Dorene Philpot is a private practice attorney based in Galveston, Texas. She devotes her practice entirely to representing special needs children and their parents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. She is the recipient of the national 2012 Diane Lipton Award for Outstanding Educational Advocacy from COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates). She is the author of "Do-It-Yourself Special Education Due Process: An Educational Guide" which is available at www.learningenabledpublications.com. She is licensed in Texas and Indiana. She is admitted to the federal courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas. She is also admitted to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of Mensa. She gives presentations to parent groups and other organizations on a regular basis about special education law rights of children. Before becoming a lawyer, Dorene was a journalist for 13 years, most recently serving as an editor at The Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News. Before that, she worked as an editor at other newspapers and magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post.

Dustin Rynders is the Supervising Attorney of the Education Team at Disability Rights Texas, a nonprofit law firm and member of the federally authorized Protection and Advocacy (P&A) network. Dustin supervises a team of attorneys, advocates, and policy specialists throughout Texas, Dustin also maintains his own case load. In addition to special education advocacy, Dustin has represented students with disabilities in the foster care and juvenile justice systems in a wide variety of cases, and provides systemic policy education and advocacy at state level, serving on statewide committees including the Advisory Committee of the Texas Judicial Commission’s Juvenile Justice Committee. Dustin also supervises DRTx’s initiative to improve the agency’s engagement of transition age youth and caregivers in the agency’s services through a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. In 2015, Dustin formed a partnership with Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, which allows a team of staff from his office to provide educational advocacy services to probation involved youth through a contract with the county.

Penny Simpson has over 15 years of experience in quantitative analysis, including forecasting and budgeting for a mall portfolio that generates over $3B in annual revenue. In addition, she has trained hundreds of professionals to embrace the numbers (even when they claimed they were not “numbers people”). After being told her son’s placement would be a “data-driven” decision, she applied her quantitative skills to his school record. Her charts and graphs told a story powerful enough that the IEP team agreed to an out of district placement without needing a due process hearing. She now provides data consulting services for special education advocacy.

Dr. Ann Simun has been working professionally with children with learning and behavioral challenges since 1989. She is a licensed psychologist (PSY20113), with a specialization in neuropsychology. She is also a credentialed and experienced School Counselor, School Psychologist, and Licensed Educational Psychologist, making her eligible to conduct IEEs for school district matters. Dr. Simun is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and International Neuropsychological Society. She regularly presents at conferences nationwide and provides training for school districts, parents, advocates, and nonprofit disability agencies. Dr. Simun conducts neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments, provides expert witness and consultation services, conducts formal observations, and teaches psychoeducational assessment at the graduate level.

Anne Treimanis is an attorney, author, university professor, disability rights activist, trainer, and mother of 4. Attorney Treimanis’ law practice is focused on students with disabilities who have been denied an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. Check www.spedlawyers.com. She presents nationally and internationally on special education legal rights – most recently in Poland. Attorney Treimanis is the co-author, along with Kathleen Whitbread, Ph.D. of the book IEP and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers published by Attainment/IEP Resources. Her most recent book is Do Not Tweet at an IEP Meeting. Seventeen years ago, she founded and continues to lead SPED*NET New Canaan, a monthly forum focused on special education issues. Treimanis does some Surrogate work for the State of Connecticut: She had the privilege of fostering one of her surrogate students. Treimanis is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT. Her daughter Ieva, who lives with Down syndrome and Type One Diabetes, is a proficient reader. Ieva was fully and successfully included in her local HS: Yep, she even took Algebra! Meet Attorney Treimanis at http://spedlawyers.com.

Maria Vetter, Education Consultant & Advocate, a versatile and devoted education consultant and child advocate, has dedicated her career to children and their educational needs. She possesses a wealth of experience working with children who are challenged by special needs, with a primary focus on children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and language-based learning differences. Maria also has considerable expertise in addressing a wide range of other needs and disabilities, including gifted support, traumatic brain injury, Fragile X Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Multiple Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Down Syndrome, Seizure Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Physical Disabilities and various behavioral issues. She has experience working in home programs, schools, camps, and private therapy. Her background is in ABA and teaching. She has been an Education Consultant and Advocate helping children and families since 2006. Maria has addressed both local and national audiences. She presented at the COPAA Conference in 2016, with Josh Kershenbaum, on the topic of Transition Services. She also testifies as an expe1t witness in her field. She has collaborated on articles and webinars, educating parents and professionals.

Constance R. Wannamaker has been a Supervising Attorney with Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) since June of 2009. She is a Supervising Attorney of DRTx’s statewide Special Education Team which is comprised of attorneys and advocates and handles special education cases throughout the state of Texas. In addition to her management duties, Ms. Wannamaker litigates special education cases throughout the state of Texas, handling mediations, due process hearings and federal litigation. Prior to working for DRTx, Ms. Wannamaker worked as a Staff Attorney for Chief Justice David Wellington Chew at the Eighth Court of Appeals. Before her time at the Court of Appeals, Ms. Wannamaker maintained a private practice specializing in plaintiff’s employment discrimination and appellate cases. Ms. Wannamaker also spent 6 years representing migrant and seasonal farmworkers as a staff attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. Ms. Wannamaker graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Spanish in 1994. Following her graduation, she spent a year in south Florida as a VISTA Volunteer providing legal and educational services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and a second year as a VISTA at a refugee resettlement agency in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Wannamaker attended the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland, where she participated in the Immigration Law Clinic as a student attorney representing clients in asylum and deportation hearings. Ms. Wannamaker also spent the summer of 1998 attending an International Human Rights Law Programme at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1999.

Kathleen Whitbread, Ph.D. is an associate professor of education at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. Prior to coming to USJ, Dr. Whitbread was an assistant professor of pediatrics and Associate Director of the University of Connecticut Center for Developmental Disabilities, where she directed research and training projects to improve educational opportunities for children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Whitbread’s research interests include early literacy instruction for children with intellectual disabilities and inclusive education. She maintains a blog, Open Books Open Doors, which features current research and practice in reading instruction for children with Down syndrome. Through her private practice, Dr. Whitbread mentors’ teachers who teach reading to children with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Whitbread has published articles about her research in Teaching Exceptional Children, Research in Middle Level Education, The Journal of the Connecticut Association for Reading Research, The Journal of Inclusive Education, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and Current Issues in Education. To learn more about Dr. Whitbread’s skills and experience, visit her website at http://kathleenwhitbread.com or stop by her blog - http://openbooksopendoors.com. 

Jonathan A. Zimring is a principal in the Zimring Law Firm with a primary practice in education law. Mr. Zimring, a 1974 graduate of Duke University School of Law was Director of the Georgia Mental Disability Law Project, a program through the ABA Commission on Mental Disability to provide representation to persons with disabilities and then was education law specialist for the Georgia Legal Services Program. He has been chairman of the State Bar of Georgia Mental Health and the Law Committee, the ABA/Younger Lawyer's Section on Handicapped and the Law, and Chairman of the School and College Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He has presented in numerous Continuing Legal Education programs for judges, attorneys and educators on educational rights, special education and civil rights issues. He was guardian ad litem in Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W. ex rel Zimring, 527 U.S. 581(1999), which established the definition of discrimination under the ADA. He has often represented teachers and worked with the Georgia Association of Educators, more recently in matters concerning educators who are adversely impacted due to their advocacy for their student’s needs. Mr. Zimring is on the COPAA Board of Directors and author of publications of his firm and for COPAA. A small sample of cases under the education laws include: Georgia Ass’n. for Retarded Citizens v. McDaniel, 716 F.2d 1565 (11th Cir.1983) (extended school year services for children); Georgia Conference of Branches of NAACP v. State of Georgia, 775 F.2nd 1403 (11th Cir. 1985) (inappropriate placement of children of color); Mitten v. Muscogee County School District, et. al., 877 F.2d 932 (11th Cir. 1989), cert. denied, 493 U.S. 1072 (1990) (independent claim for attorney fees and costs under the HCPA of 1986); Greer v. Rome City School Dist., 950 F.2d 688(11th Cir. 1991) (least restrictive environment); Walker County School District v. Bennett, 203 F.3d. 1293 (11th Cir.), cert denied, 121 S.Ct. 670 (2000) (procedure for the trial of IDEA cases); Georgia Department of Education v. Derrick C., 314 F.3d 545 (11th Cir. 2002) (provision of services to 3 year old disabled students) and others. He lives in Atlanta with his wife of 36 years.

 

 

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