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F-2. Federal Litigation of IDEA and Related Claims: An Attorney Workshop of a Walk Through the Cases


One Day Session

Friday, March 9th

9:00 am - 5:00 PM

Audience Category: Attorney

Audience Level of Expertise: Intermediate


Brief Session Description:

This session is for attorneys and provides a legal and strategic overview of special education federal court litigation. included are: a walk-through the specific federal court procedures and processes, IDEA and ADA rights, standards and approaches and the assessment, filing, pursuit of the case through discovery, motions, development and presentation of evidence, relief, final judgment, appeal considerations and attorney fees.




Jonathan A. Zimring, Esquire
Zimring Law Firm
1425 A Dutch Valley Place
Atlanta, GA 30324
404.607.1600, ext. 7001


Mark Martin, Esquire
Law Offices of Mark Martin
One N. Charles Street, Suite 1215
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Presenter(s) Biography(ies):

Jonathan A. Zimring has a primary practice in education law with decades of experience in educational and other civil rights. Mr. Zimring a graduate of Duke University School of Law was Director of the Georgia Mental Disability Law Project, funded by the ABA Commission on Mental Disability to provide representation to persons with disabilities and then education law specialist for the Georgia Legal Services Program. He has been chairman of the State Bar of Georgia Mental Health and the Law Committee and Chairman of its School and College Law Section, the ABA/Younger Lawyer's Section on Law and the Handicapped.  He has presented in numerous CLE programs for judges, attorneys and educators on educational rights, special education and civil rights issues and here at COPAA. He was guardian ad litem in Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W. ex rel Zimring, 527 U.S. 581(1999), which established that separate placement and services was discrimination under the ADA.   Mr. Zimring is on the COPAA Board of Directors.


Mark Martin represents individuals and families throughout Maryland and has many years of experience in litigating special education, juvenile delinquency, criminal and civil rights cases.  Before entering private practice, Mr. Martin   was the litigation director of the Public Justice Center, a non-profit organization in Baltimore, Maryland, where he managed and litigated class action and other high impact cases involving children's rights and civil rights.  Prior to that, The Legal Aid Society of New York employed him as a criminal defense attorney where he represented indigent defendants in New York City. Mr. Martin has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education and United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland (UCP).  Annually, Mr. Martin helps lead a program at the national conference for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) in advanced litigation for attorneys who represent families in special education proceedings.  Mr. Martin is a past Chair of the COPAA Board of Directors.  He regularly presents throughout Maryland on issues related to special education law, student rights pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and student discipline issues.


Law Offices of Mark B. Martin, P.A. is a firm with extensive experience advocating for the rights of children and individuals with disabilities.  The firm’s practice centers on special education law, suspension and expulsion cases, and juvenile delinquency hearings.  Additional areas of experience include state and federal criminal defense, civil rights actions and estate planning.  

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