The Special Education Advocacy Clinic was formed to assist special-needs children and their families with eligibility or Individualized Education Program meetings, discipline matters, mediation, and administrative hearings. The clinic is designed to bolster the partnership between families and schools and is part of the Law School's Parents Engaged for Learning Equality (PELE) Initiative.
Law students, working under Professor Patricia Roberts' supervision, offer their services to families at no charge. Students also conduct a free training class each semester that offers tools and information to parents to help them become more knowledgeable advocates for their children. The clinic relies on law school and private donor support to assist families.
***The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy is presenting it's fourth annual five-day training program hosted by the William & Mary School of Law and co-sponsored by the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic, Wrightslaw, and The Oklahoma Disability Law Center. The purpose of this program is to provide training in special education advocacy for experienced advocates, law students (credit & non credit), new attorneys, and attorneys who are new to special education law. This five-day training program will begin in Williamsburg, VA on Sunday evening, August 3, 2014 with the registration session and welcome reception and conclude on Friday afternoon, August 8, 2014. The program will include 25 sessions on applicable laws, ethics, best practices in advocacy, strategies in working with parents and schools, and dispute resolution procedures, taught by national leaders in the field. For more information click here.