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General Session I Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9:00 am

Impact of IDEA Amendments

Presenter: Robert Silverstein, Esq.; Commenter: William L.E. Dussault, Esq. General Session II

Saturday, Jan. 24 at 3:00 pm

Who is the Client: Parent or Child ?
Ethical Issues in Advocacy under IDEA

Presenter: Hollace P. Brooks, Esq., Commenter: Judith A. Gran, Esq.; Janice Grant, Esq. General Session III

Sunday, Jan. 25 at 9:00 am

How Hearing Officers Make Decisions

Presenter: Janice Grant, Esq., Commenter; Mary H.B. Gelfman, Esq. General Session IV

Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3:00 pm

The New Discipline Rules

Presenter: Stewart R. Hakola, Esq.; Commenter: Peter W.D. Wright, Esq.; Matthew Cohen, Esq.


Session, Day, Date & Time




Breakouts "A" Saturday, January 24 10:45 am – Noon

Advanced Litigation Strategies: Essential Techniques, including Use and Examination of Expert Witnesses

Presenters: Valerie Vanaman, Esq.; Kathryn E. Dobel, Esq.

Maximizing the Use of Attorneys, Advocates and Parents: Who Does What Best, When and How

Presenter: Beth Goodman, Esq,; Commenter: Pam Wright.

Effective Use of New IDEA: Procedures on Evaluation, IEPs and Placement

Presenter: Judith A. Gran, Esq.; Commenter: Peter W.D. Wright, Esq.

Breakouts "B" Saturday, January 24 1:15 – 2:30 pm

The Duty to Evaluate and Place Under IDEA and 504:
Basic Considerations in Representing a Child with Disabilties

Presenter: Deborah Mattison, Esq.; Commenter: Matthew D. Cohen, Esq.

IEPs for Children with Austim: TEACCH, Lovaas, and Documenting the Need for Intensive Therapy Programs

Presenters: Kathryn E. Dobel, Esq.; Valerie Vanaman, Esq.

Life and Estate Planning: What Happens After IDEA and Transition

Presenter: William L.E. Dussault, Esq.; Commenter: Catherine Blakemore, Esq.

Breakouts "C" Sunday, January 25 10:45 am – Noon

The Strategies of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and the Use of Due Process Proceedings to Effectuate Constructive Settlements

Presenter: Howard Klebanoff, Esq.; Commenter: William L.E. Dussault, Esq.

The Relationship of 504 and the ADA: Making More Effective Use of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA

Presenter: Catherine Blakemore, Esq.; Commenter: Dale Mentink, Esq.

Education Records: An Introduction to FERPA

Presenter: Mary H.B. Gelfman, Esq.; Commenter: S. James Rosenfeld, Esq.

Breakouts "D" Sunday, January 25 1:15 – 2:30 pm

Damages and Attorney’s Fees: Recent Case Law and the Reauthorization

Presenter: Matthew D. Cohen, Esq.; Commenter: Deborah Mattison, Esq.

Transition Planning and Interagency Agreements: What Advocates and Parents Need to Know

Presenter: Stewart R. Hakola, Esq.

Monitoring the Monitor: Focusing on the State Education Agency

Presenter: Diane Lipton, Esq.

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