2016 Special Education Law Symposium


June 19-24, 2016 Special Education Law Symposium at Lehigh University -- "Recent Rulings from a Dual Lens: The IDEA's Fifth Decade"
Lehigh University's intensive one-week institute provides a practical analysis of legislation, regulations, and court decisions relating to the education of students with disabilities. The symposium is designed for special education coordinators and teachers, principals, psychologists, parent advocates, charter school personnel, attorneys (on both sides), hearing officers, state officials, and other individuals interested in a thorough exploration of the current special education legal landscape.
The program offers two parallel tracks, one for basic that offers in-depth foundation knowledge about the IDEA and Section 504: Eligibility, FAPE, LRE, Student Discipline, and Remedies.

The other track is for advanced participants, offering brand new "hot topics":

  • Statute of Limitations under the IDEA: Significant New Developments
  • Discipline: Important Differences between IDEA and Section 504
  • Section 504: The Current Hot Spots (including service animals, individual health plans, and bullying)
  • Calculating Compensatory Education: The High Cost of FAPE Failure
  • Dyslexia: The New Hothouse of the Legal Landscape
  • "Placement" and "Location": Parents' Rights and District Discretion in IEP Decisions
  • Similarities, Differences, and Interplay: The IDEA's CRP and IHO Dispute Resolution Processes
  • CRP Investigations: Effective Steps for Conducting and Responding.   

The experienced program faculty features attorneys Edward Bauer (Florida),  Maria Blaeuer (Maryland),  Kirstin Hansen (Washington, DC), Elisa Hyman (New York City),  Bernadette Laughlin (Ohio),  Isabel Machado New Jersey),  Deborah Mattison (Alabama),  Edward Sarzynski (New York),  Michael Stafford (Delaware),  Patricia Williams (Wisconsin),  Jonathan Zimring (Georgia) and-from Pennsylvania-William Culleton,  Lawrence Dodds,  Andrew Faust,  Dennis McAndrews,  Maura McInerney,  Brooke Say, Gabrielle Sereni,  Kristen Weidus, and Dr. Perry Zirkel.

 The country's top special education official returns as the keynote speaker on Sunday evening (June 19), launching the week-long symposium. Michael Yudin is Assistant Secretary of Education, heading the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS). He will highlight the more recent and newly emerging federal special education policies and priorities.

 For the second consecutive year, the symposium offers a separable two-day (June 23-24) training component for state complaint investigators and others interested or involved in the IDEA's Complaint Resolution Process (CRP).

The symposium concludes on Friday (June 24) with Dr. Zirkel's National Case Law Update and Crystal Ball.  The workshop is offered for graduate and continuing education credit. Weekly and daily options are available.

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

Full information is available on the symposium websitecoe.lehigh.edu/law.  For any questions, email or call Shannon Weber or Donna Johnson atspecialedlaw@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-5557. 


Lehigh University
Event Time: 
June 2016