The ABCs of Special Education Law


Re-Broadcast on June 1, 2017

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 student eligibility for special education, services, supports and placement of students with special needs, discipline and bullying and harassment of students with IEPs and 504s. Learn how to handle special education law issues with confidence.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Background of Special Education and the IDEA, including discussion of FAPE and Rowley
  • Differences between the IDEA and 504
  • Evaluations and Eligibility Process
  • The IEP Process
  • Location vs. Placement
  • Dispute Resolution, including Handling a Due Process Case, and Appeal
  • Discipline of the student with special needs
  • Bullying and Harassment of Students with Special Needs

Date / Time: June 1, 2017

  • 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 3:30 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.



Hope Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin are special education attorneys with Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, representing students with disabilities and their families throughout Arizona. For over 15 years, they have devoted their practice to obtaining appropriate educational service, supports and placements for students in schools, hospitals and residential treatment programs. Their legal advocacy ranges from obtaining eligibility for IEPs and 504s, assisting at IEPs, METs and 504 meetings, early dispute resolution of matters, due process hearings, and appeals. Their handle bullying, restraint and seclusion and personal injury limited to injuries at school. Lori and Hope are both admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York New Jersey, Arizona, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. They are both rated AV® Preeminent™ by their peers and judges, representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

HopeKirschHope was a special education teacher and school administrator for 18 years before embarking on a career in law. She has written hundreds of IEPs, testified before the NYC Department of Education at due process hearings, and supervised and trained teachers in curriculum, methodology, writing IEPs and behavior management techniques. She has B.S. from Boston University and an M.A.(Ed.) from New York University, both in special education, and completed substantial work in educational supervision and administration. Hope was instrumental in the passage of the restraint and seclusion legislation, helping with the drafting and testifying before both the Senate and the House.


LoriKirsch-GoodwinLori has been a litigation/trial attorney for nearly 30 years and has had over 30 jury trials. She entered the special education arena 15 years ago when one of her twin boys was evaluated for special education and related services, and has been advocating for and representing other families since. Lori brings her litigation skills to the table as well as her sensitivity for the families she represents. Lori’s recently obtained a victory in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals involving the appropriateness of a charter school’s selection of a private school for a student with ASD.

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