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June 24-29, 2018

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Illustrative features of the symposium:

The 2018 symposium will again include a separable two-day (June 28-29) Section 504 Coordinators Institute, designed to provide both a conceptual framework and “nuts and bolts” implementation guidance for school personnel designated to implement this emerging non-discrimination mandate.

The Section 504 Coordinators Institute will feature nationally prominent Alabama attorney Julie Weatherly, who has appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes; Lisa Hardcastle, a veteran Texas Section 504 administrator; and Lehigh’s Dr. Perry Zirkel, university professor emeritus of education and law.

During the week-long 2018 symposium, the following nineteen accomplished special education attorneys (both sides) will lecture, conduct discussions with registrants, and provide detailed lecture outlines with case law citations: Selene Almazan (Maryland), Maria Blaeuer (Maryland), Matt Cohen (Illinois), Stephen Fogarty (New Jersey), Hillary Freeman (New Jersey), Michele Kule-Korgood (New York), Isabel Machado (New Jersey), Gerry McMahon (Connecticut), Michael Stafford (Delaware), Julie Weatherly (Alabama), and Pennsylvania attorneys Tanya Alvarado, William Culleton, Andrew Faust, Gabrielle Goham, Claudia Huot, Dr. Stephen Jacobson, Hollie John, Brooke Say, and Dr. Perry Zirkel.

Registrants have multiple options:

  • Earn three Lehigh University graduate credits, qualify for CLE attorney credits approved by the PA Bar Association, earn Act 48 credits for PA educators, or enroll for non-credit professional development.
  • Attend the full week or per day, depending upon registrant interest.
  • For Monday through Thursday sessions, select either a basic track for those new to special education law, or an advanced track for experienced registrants.
  • Attend the Section 504 Coordinators Institute on Thursday/Friday as a stand alone conference, or add on extra symposium days to the Section 504 Institute.

All registrants will receive a comprehensive electronic (flash drive) manual with the latest legislation, regulations, complete Supreme Court decisions, and detailed case law outlines prepared by the attorneys. This manual has over the years proved to be an invaluable resource back home at work.

Registrants interact with a broad-based mix of special education directors, special or regular education teachers, school psychologists, administrators, parent representatives, state officials, charter school personnel, and attorneys from several jurisdictions.

The symposium begins on Sunday evening with a dinner and keynote lecture provided by Dr. Deborah Ziegler, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy and Professional Standards, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and concludes on Friday with Dr. Zirkel’s National Case Law Update and Crystal Ball. The Friday sessions include a working luncheon.

 

Consider registering early

The 2017 Special Education Law Symposium and Section 504 Coordinators Institute sold out in early June and registration closed at that time. Over 170 registrants from across the country attended one or both of these offerings, instructed during the course of the week by twenty prominent special education attorneys from ten states, carefully balanced to provide school and parent perspectives. As space is limited to assure registrants the comfort and interaction opportunities that have made the symposium popular, please consider an early registration.