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COPAA Special Education Law Attorney Training: Louisiana Regional Area

Representing Children with Disabilities in School Disputes - The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education Advocacy

When: Friday, January 11th from 12pm-4pm
Loyola Law School Building, Room 344 
Address: 526 Pine Street, New Orleans

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), a national nonprofit, is pleased to offer a FREE training for attorneys new to special education law, current law students, or attorneys who practice in a related field and want to learn more about strategies for representing existing or future clients.

The training provides an overview of special education law, including: the referral process, prior written notice, eligibility, evaluations, free and appropriate education (FAPE), related services, individualized education programs (IEP), basis for services, placement and least restrictive environment, transition plans, due process and the “stay put” provision, and mediation. It covers right to attorney fees as well.

The training is intended as an introductory skill-building training for attorneys new to the practice of special education law. Participants explore special education law as it relates to both traditional public schools and charter schools, and learn the importance of securing appropriate services and supports for students with disabilities. 

The presenters of the training are Mathew Cohen, J.D. and Michele Kule-Korgood, Esq. who are COPAA Executive Board Members.

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We are excited to offer this valuable training free of charge to help educate attorneys in this under-served region on special education laws and how you can make a difference while thriving professionally. 


Matthew Cohen, J.D., (IL) has been an attorney practicing special education and disability law since 1981.  He is the primary or collaborating author of several amendments to the mental health and special education laws of Illinois, and has worked on special education legislation at the federal level. Matt has represented thousands of clients in Illinois and other states. He speaks frequently on special education issues throughout the US. He is the author of “Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Advocates and Clinicians Need to Know.” Equally important, he is the parent of a young adult with a disability.

Michele Kule-Korgood, Esq.,is the founder and managing attorney of Kule-Korgood & Associates, P.C. Michele has devoted almost twenty-five years, in private practice, to representing parents of children with disabilities.  Her background, as a former special education teacher, has provided helpful insight in the thousands of special education matters she has successfully handled. Michele has argued and presented cases involving novel issues in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Eastern and Southern District Courts, the Appellate Division and state Supreme Court. Michele is the immediate Past Chair of the Council of Parent Attorney and Advocates (COPAA), and serves on its board. 

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