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P-2. Impartial Due Process Hearing Training
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TWO DAY Skill Building Session

Thursday, March 8th and Friday, March 9th

9:00 am - 5:00 PM






This program is for attorneys who are familiar with the IDEA and who want to focus on and practice skills for impartial due process hearings. Large group discussions cover important pre-hearing tasks, from complying with 10-day notice provisions to requesting appropriate remedies such as compensatory education. In smaller groups, broken out by experience level, participants review records for consideration as exhibits, identify key issues, discuss strategies for drafting a comprehensive due process hearing complaint, and establish a trial plan. There are discussions and demonstrations of how to prepare and organize opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and how to handle potential objections. Participants are individually critiqued during each exercise by experienced special education attorneys.



Jennifer D. Laviano, Esq.

The Law Offices of Jennifer Laviano, LLC
76 Route 37 South
Sherman, Connecticut 06784


Craig Goodmark, Esq.
Goodmark Law Firm
209 B Swanton Way
Decatur, Georgia 30030


Wayne Steedman, Esq.
The Steedman Law Group
Galleria Towers
1447 York Road, Suite 508
Towson, Maryland 21093


Presenter(s) Biography(ies):

Jennifer D. Laviano, Esq. holds a B.A. in English Literature from Skidmore College and earned her J.D., cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Jennifer has dedicated her law practice entirely to the special education rights of children and adolescents with disabilities. Her representation encompasses the full spectrum of advocacy under IDEA, from IEP team meetings and mediation to zealous litigation in due process and federal court proceedings. Jennifer co-hosts the weekly radio show, “Your Special Education Rights with Jen and Julie,” on Autism One, is a member of the faculty of Solo Practice University, and authors the popular blog, "Special Ed Justice." Jennifer practices law in Connecticut.  She is a former chair of COPAA's Board of Directors.


Craig Goodmark, Esq. is currently a consultant at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. and an education law attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.   Mr. Goodmark was previously the director of the TeamChild Atlanta Project at ALAS.  TeamChild Atlanta provided legal services to low-income families with outstanding educational issues, children involved with the juvenile justice system or children whose unmet needs have not been addressed.  In that capacity, Mr. Goodmark provides technical assistance, advocacy, and full legal representation to low income families whose disabled children are not having their developmental, educational or mental health needs met.  Mr. Goodmark has represented hundreds of students in the metropolitan Atlanta area secure appropriate educational services.  Prior to entering legal services, Mr. Goodmark spent five years in private practice at law firms specializing in education law, with an emphasis on special education litigation.  Mr. Goodmark has represented teachers, students and families of children with disabilities.  Mr. Goodmark is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta Class of 2014 and recognized by the Daily Report as an Attorny on the Rise in 2013.  Mr. Goodmark currently sits on the State Bar of Georgia Children and the Courts Committee.  Mr. Goodmark is also member of the national organization for special education lawyers, the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates.  Mr. Goodmark is an honors graduate of the University of Florida College of Law where he participated in the initial TeamChild Clinic in Gainesville, Florida.


Wayne Steedman, Esq. is a principle in Steedman Law Group.  His practice is devoted primarily to the representation of children with disabilities.  He has represented his clients in administrative due process hearings and state and federal courts.  Mr. Steedman obtained his J.D. degree from the University of Maryland Law School.  In addition to his law degree, Mr. Steedman has a Masters degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  Prior to practicing law, Mr. Steedman was in charge of the clinical treatment program at the Forbush School at Shepherd Pratt Hospital where he was employed for more than 20 years.  Additionally, he served for approximately ten years as a Due Process Hearing officer in special education cases.  In Gerstmyer v. Howard County Public Schools, Mr. Steedman was able to convince the U.S. District Court Judge that a Montessori School was able to provide a free appropriate public education for a child with a learning disability.  The Judge thus found that a school which is not a traditional special education school can be an appropriate placement for children with disabilities.


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