Eighth Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers
July 7 - 10, 2009
Seattle University School of Law
- A concentrated segment on decision-writing, for which attendees will be asked to prepare and submit a writing sample and alternate programming for those who prefer not to participate.
- Programming for state-level persons involved in other types of dispute resolution procedures.
- Sessions on mediation.
- Discussion groups to consider ways in which to improve the equity and efficiency of due process.
Schedule and Topics
- Hearing officers will be enrolled in the writing thread unless they choose to opt out on their registration form.
- State-level persons involved in other dispute resolution entities (non-due process) may choose to attend the entire training or only the first two days of the training, i.e., Tuesday and Wednesday, July 7 & 8. This option is not available to hearing officers.
|Tuesday, July 7|
|9:30 - 10:30 a.m.||1A||Review and discussion of "Plain English for Lawyers"||1B||Mediation (part 1)|
|10:45 a.m. - noon||2A||Organizing and supporting a legal argument||2B||Mediation (continued)|
|Wednesday, July 8, 2009|
|9 - 10:30 a.m.||3A||Writing session||3B||Processing and disclosure of due process decisions|
|10:45 a.m. - noon||4A||Compensatory education awards||4B||Complaint resolution procedures|
|1:15 - 2:30 p.m.||5A||Expert Witnesses||5B||Overview of dispute resolution systems|
|2:45 - 4:30 p.m.||6A||FERPA and access to records||6B||Voluntary code for advocates|
|Thursday, July 9, 2009|
|9 - 10:15 a.m.||7||Functional Behavior Analysis: quality components demystified|
|10:30 a.m. - noon||8||Functional Behavior Analysis: quality components demystified (continued)|
|1:15 - 2:30 p.m.||9||Classroom observation - what's reasonable, what's not|
|2:45 - 4:30 p.m.||10||Top 10 Decisions - Hearing Officers' Perspective|
|Friday, July 10, 2009|
|8:30 - 10:30 a.m.||11A||Small group discussion of revised opinions; general discussion||11B||Improving due process: can legal technicians make a difference?|
Greg Abell, Sound Options Group, LLP, Bainbridge Island, WA
Lynwood E. Beekman, Special Solutions LLC
Jo Anne Blades, Program Manager, Special Education Resolution Center, Oklahoma State University
William A. Coats, Vandeberg Johnson & Gandara, Tacoma, WA
James Gerl, Hearing Officer, Lewisburg, WV
Rebekah Hanley, University of Oregon School of Law
Suzy Harris, Attorney, Portland, OR
James Hollis, Feldman & Rogers, San Antonio, TX
Howard M. Klebanoff, Klebanoff & Alfano, PC, Hartford, CT
Pamela McPartland, Program Supervisor, Washington State Office of Public Instruction
Holly Almon Morris, M.S., BCBA, Consultant/Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Bellevue, WA
James Mortenson, Hearing Officer, Washington, DC
Sharon R. Ramage, Hearing Officer, Frisco, TX