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Fall 2014 Webinar Series: Legal Strategies
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This is a (7) seven session series of webinars on topics pertaining to special education and a variety of legal strategies. Registrants are welcome to participate in the entire series at a discounted price, individual webinars, session or for best value a yearly subscription is also available.

9/10/2014 to 10/29/2014
When: 7 Session Series - Dates are Below
Where: Webinar Virtual Classroom
Contact: COPAA Training Committee

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Fall Webinar Series Schedule:

* All webinars are recorded and playback information will be provided. 

F1. Navigating Litigation Limbo: Guiding the IEP Process, Post Appeal
Wednesday, September 10, 2014  2:00-3:15 PM ET
Presented by: Mark Woodsmall, Esq. and Mark Ohl, Esq.

Description:  A request for appeal has been filed. Now what? - This session provides guidance and practical tips on navigating the IEP process with families after a dispute with the District has arisen. It will focus on up to date statutes, case law, and collaborative approaches to the special education process after litigation has begun. Litigation is often an overwhelming prospect for families and this presentation focuses on maintaining your relationship with the District during the litigation process and the District's responsibilities throughout litigation. 

F2. Creating a Winning Stay Put Argument
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 ▪ 2:00-3:15 PM ET
Presented By: Carrie Watts, JD and Many Favaloro, Esq.

The "stay put” provision of the IDEA is a critical component of the procedural protections afforded to students and parents; ensuring that students can remain in their current educational placement during a dispute, and providing parents with protection against unilateral actions on the part of the school district. This presentation includes an in depth analysis of three case studies involving stay put dispute related to (1) facilities and location of placement, (2) graduation, and (3) funding for private services. The focus of the review of these specific scenarios will be on the application of persuasive stay put arguments as not only a way to maintain the status quo, but also as a component of a larger advocacy strategy to achieve the results sought by parents and ensure the provision of FAPE to the child.

F3. 2013 Case Law Review

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 ▪ 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Rescheduled: Wenesday, October 29, 2014 2:00-3:15 PM ET
Presented by: Judith Gran, Esq.

Description: Judith Gran 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 Carolla Reisman &  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.


F4. Taking Fees Out of the Equation: Representing Low Income Clients in Special Education
Wednesday, October 1, 2014  2:00-3:15 PM ET
Presented by: Sande S. Shamash and Marissa LaVette

Description: This presentation focuses on the unique and often challenging aspects of representing low-income clients in special education cases. The session focuses on evidentiary issues, such as gathering evidence, seeking evaluations and obtaining records, as well as legal strategy. Often a decision must be made early on regarding whether or not to file for a hearing or if perhaps negotiation is the better option. When an attorney or advocate has limited or no funds for a case, the connections and relationships that can be developed with clinicians and other experts are often critical. This program walks attendees through the necessary steps to achieve successful outcomes in such situations.

F5. Latest Top 40 Chart-Topping Decisions That You Should Be Citing

Wednesday, October 8, 2014  2:00-3:15 PM ET
Presented by: Richard L. O'Meara, Esq. and Buckley J. Hugo, Esq.

DescriptionIt’s been over five years since the COPAA Conference in Anaheim, at which we surveyed the "Top 40” special education decisions of all time. Since 2008, the courts have generated many more hit decisions favorable to students with disabilities. The presenters will offer another lighthearted, but seriously important, survey of the special education hit parade. The focus will be the new (2008-2013) "top forty” court citations and quotations that every attorney and advocate representing children with disabilities needs to know in order to rock the house, avoid the blues, and foster a quality education for all children with disabilities.

F6Using Section 504 And The ADA In Special Education Advocacy
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:00-3:15 PM ET
Presented by: Catherine Merino Reisman, Esq.

This webinar will help participants improve their knowledge of Section 504 and the ADA as applied to special education advocacy. We will cover changes resulting from the ADAAA, the different definitions of FAPE under Section 504 and the IDEA, enforcement options, including federal agencies other than the Department of Education, how the destruction of records (such as test protocols) can implicate Section 504, interference and retaliation claims, and what is necessary to establish “intentional discrimination” under these laws. 


F7Ethical Considerations for Special Education Attorneys
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00-3:15 PM ET
Presented by: Elizabeth Hyatt, Esq

Description: Ethical considerations are always an issue in the legal profession. There are special concerns and considerations when your client base is a special population. This breakout session covers some of those unique concerns, addressing issues such as defining the scope of representation, ethical concerns with regard to settlement and attorney’s fees, defining who is the actual client, privacy and privilege matters, among others. A frank discussion of the ethical concerns could save future heartache, disciplinary issues, and malpractice concerns. Professional Responsibility is a multi-state concern and priority in the legal profession. This presentation concentrates on those unique ethical considerations the special education attorney may face.

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