The 2018 Special Education Law Symposium will be held June 24-29, 2018, and will again include a separable Section 504 Coordinators Institute on Thursday and Friday of the symposium week. Details about the 2018 symposium, including topics and faculty, will be posted in late December with registration opening in mid-January.


The 2017 Special Education Law Symposium and Section 504 Institute are now sold out. We regret that we cannot accept further registrations. We value the quality, comfort, and interaction opportunities that make the symposium popular. These factors, in addition to room capacities, have made this decision difficult, but necessary.

We will be offering the symposium again in June, 2018. Please consider an earlier registration, if you are now unable to register for the upcoming one.

June 18-23, 2017

The symposium will take place on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The campus is located approximately 8 miles from the Lehigh Valley International Airport, 65 miles from Philadelphia International Airport, and 75 miles from Newark International Airport in New Jersey.

The symposium will include a special two-day Institute on Thursday and Friday, June 22-23, 2017, to educate school district Section 504 Coordinators.

Illustrative features of the symposium:

  • Experience a brand new set of topics and faculty for the advanced track (advanced topic descriptors).  See the schedule for topics and presenters.
  • Interact with expert presenters, which include a balance of school district and parent perspectives and a blend of prior and new faculty (see faculty listing), including the following prominent attorneys from several states: Laura Anthony (Ohio), Maria Blaeuer (Maryland), Michele Kule-Korgood (New York), Isabel Machado (New Jersey), Deborah Mattison (Alabama), Jennifer Rosen Valverde (New Jersey), Michael Stafford (Delaware), Mark Weber (Illinois), and Pennsylvania attorneys Jeffrey Champagne, William Culleton, Andrew Faust, Hollie John, Dennis McAndrews, Brooke Say, Gabrielle Sereni, and Dr. Perry Zirkel.  Additionally, the Section 504 Coordinators Institute features long-time Section 504 coordinator Lisa Hardcastle (Texas).
  • Keep up-to-date on the latest significant cases under the IDEA and Section 504, including a National Case Law Update by Dr. Perry Zirkel.
  • If you are a school district Section 504 coordinator, take advantage of a special two-day rate for Thursday and Friday, which include sessions relevant to Section 504.
  • Interact with a broad-based mix of special education directors, special or regular education teachers, school psychologists, administrators, parent representatives, and attorneys from several jurisdictions.
  • Exercise your choice too between graduate credits or solely professional development and between full-week and single-day options.
  • Take home a comprehensive electronic manual on a flash drive with the latest legislation, regulations, and detailed case law outlines.
  • The symposium begins with a dinner and a keynote presentation by Nancy Reder, Deputy Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) who will share a Washington observer’s informed look at evolving federal special education policy.

Save the date:  44th Annual Special Education Law Conference May 12, 2017.