The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy Summer Conference

*Postponed*

Due to COVID-19, ISEA 2020 has been postponed and will now begin Sunday late afternoon, January 10, 2021, and conclude on Friday late afternoon, January 15, 2021. We also plan to offer ISEA on July 25-30, 2021. We are currently accepting applications for both January and July 2021.

The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy is presenting its tenth annual five-day training program hosted by William & Mary Law School and co-sponsored by the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic and Wrightslaw. The purpose of this program is to provide training in special education advocacy to new attorneys, attorneys who are new to special education law, experienced advocates, and law students (credit & non credit). Please note that the Institute is looking for advocates with experience independent of employment in a school district, as we expect that our graduates assist parents in advocating for children within the community. If you are currently working for a school district, we recommend that you wait to apply until you are no longer working for a school district and have gained significant experience advocating for children in your community.

Nationally recognized speakers donate their time to train attorneys and advocates from all over the country in advanced advocacy. All proceeds go towards funding William and Mary Law School’s PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic. The Special Education Advocacy Clinic was formed to assist students with disabilities and their families with eligibility or Individualized Education Program meetings, discipline matters, mediation, and administrative hearings. Law students, working under the supervision of a managing attorney, offer these services to families at no charge.

This five-day training program will begin in Williamsburg, VA on Sunday late afternoon, January 10, 2021, and conclude on Friday late afternoon, January 15, 2021. The program will include approximately 30 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 65. Applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly rolling basis until the class is full. Early applications are recommended.

The program will be held at:
William & Mary Law School 613 South Henry Street Williamsburg, VA 23185-4110

Application Process

Attendance is limited to 65. Attendees will be selected via an application process. The application form includes all registration details, costs, applicant questionnaire, and required pre-conference assignments. 

If accepted, participants agree to complete all pre-conference assigned reading and course work, attend and participate in all sessions, and complete all homework and class assignments.

*All registrants will receive new copies of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd EditionWrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd EditionWrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs. If you already have copies with notes and wish to use your books for classwork, please do not hesitate to bring them with you.

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Credits: CLE's (continuing legal education) credits and CEU's (continuing education units) are anticipated for this conference.

Questions? Contact the William & Mary PELE Clinic at (757) 221-5735 or pele@wm.edu