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P-2. Impartial Due Process Hearing Training

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


Michele Kule-Korgood, Esq.

Kule-Korgood and Associates, P.C.
118-35 Queens Boulevard, 17th floor
Forest Hills, New York 11375
(718) 261-0181
(516) 364-8111
(718) 268-2633 FAX



Presenter(s) Biography(ies):

Jennifer Laviano is an attorney in private practice in Connecticut who focuses on the representation of children and adolescents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Her representation includes attendance at IEP team meetings and mediation and zealous advocacy in litigation in due process hearings and federal court.  Attorney Laviano is a regular presenter, locally and nationally, on the Civil Rights of students with disabilities, and is the co-author of the popular book, Your Special Education Rights:  What Your School District Isn't Telling You.


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.

Michele Kule-Korgood, Esq. has devoted over twenty-two years in private practice to representing parents of children with disabilities in order to secure an effective education for their children.  While studying psychology as an undergraduate, Michele became a personal care assistant for a classmate with cerebral palsy. Her classmate’s refusal to be defined by his disability inspired Michele to pursue a career in teaching special education. Years later, as a special education teacher, Michele’s efforts to help a student obtain assistive technology, so he could have a voice in the world, again changed the course of her life.  In order to effect change for a greater number of people, she decided to attend law school and become a legal advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.  Michele has successfully handled thousands of matters in special education, ensuring that every child receives equal access to the high quality education to which he or she is entitled. Nationally, Michele speaks frequently on special education law and policy.   She has chaired many conferences, and presented on various topics in special education law at numerous conferences, including those held by the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), the New York State Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, and Lehigh University, and at various agencies which provide education and advocacy services.  Michele is the Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), and serves on its board, as well as the board of the Center for Learning Differences. Michele has argued and presented cases involving novel issues in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Eastern and Southern District Courts, the Appellate Division and state Supreme Court (including as lead counsel, along with Greenberg, Traurig, in the landmark decision of Mr. and Mrs. A v. N.Y. City Dep’t of Educ. (S.D.N.Y. 2011), holding that the exercise of rights under IDEA cannot be made to depend on the financial means of a disabled child’s parents, and extending the right for direct tuition payment to schools for parents without economic means, pursuant to the Burlington/Carter analysis). She has a number of published decisions in various courts in special education and additional education-related areas of law.



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