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


Due to COVID-19, ISEA 2020 has been postponed and will now be held *VIRTUALLY* from Sunday, January 10, 2021 and conclude on Friday, January 15, 2021. We also plan to offer ISEA on July 25-30, 2021, though it has not yet been determined if it will be in-person or remote.

We are currently accepting applications for January 2021’s virtual ISEA.

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.

Approximately seven sessions will be offered asynchronously, but we will offer a full, live program on Zoom. It will begin on Sunday, January 10, and conclude on Friday, 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.

Applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly rolling basis until the class is full. Early applications are recommended.

Application Process

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.*All registrants will receive Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd EditionWrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd EditionWrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.



Our typical rate for attendance in-person is $1495 for attorneys and $1295 for advocates for 29 sessions.

For our virtual ISEA in January 2021 consisting of 37 sessions and access to recordings from the whole week, the following rates will apply:

Advocates: $825

Attorneys: $950

10% Discount for 2+ attendees from same organization/firm

We will be offering *two* Kayla Bower Advocacy Awards for advocates. See that page for more information.

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