Education Law Programs

Education Law Programs provides instruction, training and support in various aspects of education law to law students, attorneys, parents of children in school, education professionals and others involved in the educational decision-making process. Its initial focus has been in the area of special education. With the support and cooperation of area advocacy and disability organizations, it has organized and underwritten programs for parents of children with disabilities. It is also responsible for the IDEA ALJ/HO Academy, which has offered training to special education hearing officers.

5th Parent Advocacy Training Program

January 25, 2014

This full day program will provide an overview of the special education process, including discussion of current concerns in special education evaluations, two sessions focusing on specific disability areas (traumatic brain injury and autism), and suggestions from a parent on securing appropriate educational programming for "twice-exceptional" children. Speakers include: Kenneth N. Asher, Ph.D., Clinical-Development Psychologist; Jill Geary, Esq., Wolf Bay Law; Stacy Gillett, Director, Office of the Education Ombudsman; Christopher Henderson, Esq., Dussault Law Group; Kelly Warner-King, J.D.,  Director, Synapse Learning Services; and Felice Orlich, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center on Human Development and Disability, Seattle Childrens Hospital.     

4th Parent Advocacy Training Program: An Introduction to the Special Education Process

June 11, 2011
The fourth parent advocacy training program was a free webinar designed to provide a concise overview of the basic framework and procedures created by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The presenter was S. James Rosenfeld, Adjunct Professor and Director, Education Law Programs. The webinar, as well as materials used and distributed, are available here.

3rd Parent Advocacy Training Program: Understanding Assessments

November 20, 2010

This was the third in a series of training programs for parents of children with disabilities presented by the Seattle University School of Law and co-sponsored by Washington PAVE and The Arc of King County. This program offered parents the opportunity to ask a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Wendy B. Marlowe, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, the questions they want answered as they try to address concerns about their child's development and progress in school. More information and materials here.

2nd Parent Advocacy Training Program: Post-Secondary Concerns

June 12, 2010

 The Education Law Academy, in conjunction with Washington PAVE and The Arc of King County, held a second training for parents of children with disabilities. Presentations by representatives from The Dussault Law Group will focus on concerns arising following post-secondary education. Inasmuch as this program is intended for non-attorneys, no CLE credits were obtained for this program. More information here.

1st Parent Advocacy Training Program: Basic Advocacy Skills

October 17, 2009

The Education Law Academy, in conjunction with Washington PAVE and The Arc of King County, held a one-day training in basic advocacy skills for parents of children with disabilities. This was the first of a series of programs focusing on programming and services for children with disabilities, from pre-school through post-secondary education. Inasmuch as this program is intended for non-attorneys, no CLE were sought for this program. More information here.