COPAA 2016 Webinar Series 3:
This is a (4) four session series that includes the popular Annual Case Law Review and hot topics including exhaustion, RTI and deciding whether to appeal a decision. Registrants are welcome to participate in the entire series for a discounted price or individual webinars. Yearly Subscriptions are also available, and need to be purchase via a separate registration.
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Webinar Series 3: Legal Issues
3.1 Making a Federal Case of it Without Exhausting IDEA Remedies
Date/Time: Tuesday, 9/13/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Catherine Reisman, Esq. and Sarah Zuba, Esq.
Description: Federal courts across the country are in flux over questions regarding whether district courts have the obligation – or even the authority – to hear certain disability rights claims asserted against educational defendants, even when those claims are grounded squarely on federal civil rights. Courts vary on the proper interpretation of Section 1415(l) of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), which provides that the procedures for impartial due process hearings under the IDEA must be exhausted before filing a civil action under “Federal laws protecting the rights of children with disabilities,” but only when the action seeks “relief that is also available” under the IDEA. This session canvasses the state of the law on exhaustion of remedies and federal jurisdiction over claims against local education agencies under Section 504, the ADA, and other laws, and explore arguments that will persuade Article III judges to hear and decide federal civil rights claims.
3.2 RTI Revisited: Common Problems and Solutions for Practice
Date/Time: Wednesday, 9/21/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Matthew Cohen, Esq.
Description: Response to Intervention (RTI) is an educational strategy that was originally developed as a model to provide more systematic, research-based instruction within regular education to students that were suspected of having learning disabilities or that were at-risk academically. RTI is also known in many places by other names and the generic term used is multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) which is now defined in federal law under the most recent amendment of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. RTI was incorporated into the 2004 amendment of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) as an option for serving these students prior to or as part of the process of evaluation. RTI is often highly problematic in its implementation because there are no consistent guidelines or regulations for implementation. Join Matt as reviews a new position statement of COPAA on RTI and tips for practice.
3.3 2015 Annual Case Law Review
Date/Time: Tuesday, 9/27/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenter: Judith Gran, Esq.
Description: In this annual training, Judith provides an in-depth review of the year's most important federal cases and their outcomes. She has presented the Year in Review for the Court of Appeals for COPAA each year, starting with the very first COPAA Conference. Since her graduation from Temple Law School in 1983, Attorney Gran has represented children and adults with disabilities in fifteen states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ms. Gran has brought a number of class action and system change lawsuits designed to improve special education and community services and secure the right of persons with disabilities to inclusion and full participation in schools and communities. Many of her cases have resulted in the closure of state institutions and the creation of high-quality community services for former institutional residents. These cases include the landmark class action case, Halderman v. Pennhurst, in which Ms. Gran served as lead counsel for the Arc of Pennsylvania during the last twelve years of implementation. As a result, Ms. Gran played a major role in improving community services for individuals with disabilities nationwide. Prior to joining Freeman Reisman Carolla Gran LLP, she worked for 25 years at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, the last 11 years as Director of its Disability Law Project. Ms. Gran is also one of the founding members of COPAA and a former Board Chair.
3.4 The Judge Said What?! How to Handle Appeals
Date/Time: Tuesday, 10/11/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Catherine Reisman, Esq. and Alexis Casillas, Esq.
Description: There is nothing more irritating than getting a decision against you after a well-fought administrative hearing. Except maybe having your win challenged by a school district. This session is intended to help attorneys understand the standards for challenging or defending an administrative decision in the United States District Court, or into the Circuit Court of Appeals.
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