The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy

The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy is presenting it's seventh annual five-day training program hosted by William & Mary Law School 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, July 30, 2017 with the registration session and welcome reception and conclude on Friday afternoon, August 4, 2017. The program will include approximately 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.

Attendance is limited to 55. Applications will be considered on rolling basis bi-monthly, beginning March 1, 2017 until the program is full.

Early applications are recommended.

The program will be held at:

William & Mary Law School 

613 South Henry Street Williamsburg, VA 23185                                                                                                                                      

 Tentative Topics:

  • Ethics CLE
  • History & Relevant Law
  • Inclusion
  • Preparing Parents for IEP Meetings
  • Year in Review
  • Understanding Evaluations, Tests & Measurements
  • Making the Case for Eligibility
  • Preparing a Case for Trial/Due Process
  • Drafting Due Process Claims/State Complaints
  • Advocate Concerns
  • Dispute Resolution and Settlements
  • Evidence Strategies Panel
  • Playing the IEP Game
  • School Discipline
  • Behavioral Issues in Schools
  • Strategies for Working with Schools
  • Alternatives to IDEA
  • Educational Rights of Homeless Youth
  • Sect. 504 & the ADA
  • The Gentle Art of Disagreeing
  • Transitions to Post-Secondary Education
  • Creating Systemic Change in Your State
  • Filing OCR Complaints

 **Please check back early next year, as addtional information will be posted.