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2015 Webinar Series 4: Legal Issues that Impact Special Education
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This legal series is has important training for attorneys and professional advocates wanting to tune up for another school year. It includes; 2 session of case law review, fee shifting, running your own practice, and more! Registrants are welcome to participate in the entire series for a discounted price or individual webinars. Yearly Subscriptions are also available.

9/23/2015 to 11/17/2015
When: Multi Session Series - Dates are Below
Where: Webinar Virtual Classroom
Contact: COPAA Training Committee

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COPAA 2015 Webinar Series 4:  This legal series is has important training for attorneys and professional advocates wanting to tune up for another school year. It includes; 2 session of case law review, fee shifting, running your own practice, and more! Registrants are welcome to participate in the entire series for a discounted price or individual webinars.  Yearly Subscriptions are also available. 

Cost Savings with Annual Subscriptions!  For the best value we recommend purchasing a yearly subscription (which includes access to ALL live series and ALL archived sessions). The subscription period is for a full year from date of purchase.  Purchase Now 

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*CLE Credit Hours Pending Approval for Live Sessions

** All webinars are recorded and playback information is provided to all registrants. 

Webinar Series 4: Legal Issues that Impact Special Education  

L.1 The Top 40 Chart-Topping District Court Decisions of 2014

Date: Wednesday, 9/23/15, 2:00-3:15

Presenters: Richard O’Meara, Esq. and Stacey Neumann, Esq.

Description: IDEA hearing decisions that are challenged initially undergo review by the federal district courts, and U.S. district court judges also handle most cases that raise discrimination or retaliation claims under section 504, the ADA, or the First Amendment.  So it is only right that we focus on how the district courts have been addressing the issues of most importance to our practices.  For this reason, the presenters will offer a somewhat lighthearted, but seriously important, survey of the district courts’ “hit parade” of decisions since our last conference in March 2014.  We will focus on what we believe to be the 40 best district court decisions that should be cited and quoted by attorneys and advocates representing children with disabilities (with fingers crossed that Judith Gran’s 2016 review of decisions from the courts of appeal does not include any reversals of the great cases on our list!)


L.2 Running Your Own Special Education Practice


Date: Wednesday, 10/7/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenter: James Barron, Esq.

Description: As an attorney starting your own special education practice, you probably have many questions. This session will focus on the business and practical aspects of your practice, such as discussing the “typical” day, handling difficult clients and opposing counsel, and setting fees.


L.3 2014 Annual Case Law Review


Date: Tuesday, 10/20/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenter: Judith Gran, Esq.

Description: Judith Gran, Esq. 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.


L.4 Fee Shifting Under the IDEA: How to Get Fees and How to Avoid Having to Pay Them


Date: Tuesday, 10/27/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenter: Aimee Gilman, Esq.

Description: This session covers how, when, and under what circumstances attorneys can file for their fees after a due process, as well as how to avoid having a fee action filed against them, and what to do if they do get sued for fees.   Attendees should have an understanding of the basics of how due process works and familiarity with the law.


L.5 Making Up is Hard to Do: A Look at Compensatory Education


Date: Tuesday, 11/11/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenters: Michele Kule-Korgood, Esq. and Tracey Walsh, Esq.

Description: For some children, compensatory education is a critical remedy for the deprivation of a free, appropriate public education, especially when the deprivation has cost the child educational opportunities during a critical window of development.   Courts continue to grapple with when, how, and if this remedy is available to students with disabilities.   This session provides a review of the development of the compensatory education remedy, the current state of the law, and future trends in jurisprudence with respect to compensatory education. This session focuses on the trends of the various federal courts in analyzing compensatory education claims. Attendees with prior experience in litigating compensatory education cases, particularly in the federal courts, will get the most out of this session.


L.6  What Are They Hiding? Using FOIA Laws to Level the Playing Field


Date: Tuesday, 11/3/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenters: David Jefferson, and Alexi Casillas, Esq.

Description: Have you ever requested educational records from your state education agency, local education agency, or local school and felt like information was missing?  Does your local school system use initials or pseudo names to avoid producing records related to your child or your client?  Have you identified systemic violations in your local school system but struggled to find evidence to support your concerns?  Are you ready to learn what they are hiding?  The federal government and all 50 states have enacted open records laws which allow members of the public (including non-residents) to obtain documents and other public records from state and local governmental bodies.  Join us as we review tools and resources you can use to obtain public records that will further your advocacy and let you know what they are hiding. 


L.7 Civil Rights Damages in Special Education Cases


Date: Tuesday, 11/17/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenter: Marcy Tiffany, Esq.

Description:  Learn how to identify potential civil rights issues in special education cases, as well as the legal and procedural requirements for pursuing damages under the various civil rights statutes.  This presentation is intended for more experienced special education attorneys who have at least some basic familiarity with federal court litigation.

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