The ABCs of Special Education Law [2019 Update]

$195.00

CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This course, presented by two special education attorneys, will provide a comprehensive overview of the historical background and laws related to special education for school attorneys, parent attorneys, educators, school board members, and attorneys in other practice areas who have an interest in special education law. In this guide to special education law, our experienced faculty will walk you through the legal ins and outs of student eligibility for special education / IEPs and 504s, services, supports and placement of students with special needs. Learn how to handle special education law issues with confidence.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   The laws that govern students with disabilities
•   Individualized Education Plans vs. Section 504 Plans
•   How to avoid disputes, and how to resolve disputes that arise

Date / Time: March 27, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: October 4, 2019

Hope N. Kirsch, M.A.(Ed.), Esq. is a licensed special education teacher and 25-year attorney. She practices special education law with her sister, Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, at Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, representing K-12 and higher education students throughout Arizona in school-related matters including advocacy, Due Process, 504s, OCR, discipline and bullying. Hope was a special education teacher and coordinator in the New York City public schools for 18 years where she worked with the most challenging populations and supervised and trained teachers in teaching strategies, curriculum development, writing IEPs and behavior management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in special education from Boston University, a Master’s degree in special education from NYU, 30+ post-graduate credits in educational supervision and administration, and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is admitted to the state and federal district courts in New York, New Jersey, Arizona and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Hope was instrumental in the passage of the first legislation in Arizona addressing restraint and seclusion and is currently involved in expanding that legislation. Hope is an AV® Preeminent rated attorney by her peers and judges (5.0 out of 5.0), representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the Superior Court of Arizona.


Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, Esq. is a 30+ year litigation attorney whose practice is devoted to education and special education matters on behalf of students and their families at the law firm of Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, in Arizona. Lori has a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her law degree from Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac) University. Lori began advocating for special needs students when her own son, now 23 years old, was found eligible for special education when he was in Kindergarten. Lori is regularly involved in eligibility and IEP meetings, MDRs, disciplinary due process hearings, OCR, IDEA Due Process, and DDD appeals. She is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in New York, New Jersey and Arizona, and the 9th Circuit court of Appeals where she prevailed in a case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that involved appropriateness of a school’s selection of location of a school for a student on the spectrum. Lori is AV-rated (5.0 out of 5.0).

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Section I. Background of Special Education and the IDEA, including discussion of FAPE and Endrew

Section II. Differences between the IDEA and 504

Section III. Evaluations and Eligibility Process

Section IV. The IEP Process

Section V. Location vs. Placement

Section VI. Dispute Resolution, including Handling a Due Process Case, and Appeal