IDEA ALJ/IHO Academy at Duke Law School

March 6-8, 2012

Duke Law School, 210 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708

The Duke Law School is joining with the Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Impartial Hearing Officers of Seattle University School of Law to conduct a training at the Duke Law School in Durham, N.C., on March 6-8, 2012. The first two days of the three-day training on special education law and procedures will be open to attendance by persons who are not special education hearing officers.

Persons attending will be entitled to attend all sessions on the specified days and one copy of the prepared materials for those sessions.

MATERIALS: Copies of the printed materials distributed at the conference here may be downloaded here:

Topics and Speakers

Following are the speakers and topics that will be presented on Days 1 and 2 (March 6 and 7). The daily agenda, including starting and ending times, are available for download here.

  • Psychological Testing: What You Need to Know About SLD & ADHD - Gail C. Rodin, Clincial Consultant, Pearson, Raleigh, NC
  • Current Issues in Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder - Laura Grofer Klinger, Ph.D., Director, TEACCH Program, UNC School of Medicine and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
  • What ABA Really Is - Holly Almon, Director, Clinical Services, blueprints, Seattle, WA
  • Rethinking Compensatory Education - Vicki Weinberg, SLD Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Basic Elements of the Functional Behavior Assessment - Holly Almon, Director, Clinical Services, blueprints, Seattle, WA
  • Who Can Get an Independent Educational Evaluation - and How - Mary Schwartz, Impartial Hearing Officer, Olympia Fields, IL
  • What's Supposed to Be in a Transition Plan - Cinda Johnson, Associate Professor, College of Education, Seattle University, and Director, Center for Change in Transition Services
  • Update on Recent Special Education Caselaw - Jane Wettach, Clinical Professor of Law and Director,  Children's Law Clinic, Duke Law School, and Brenda Berlin, Senior Lecturing Fellow and Supervising Attorney, Children's Law Clinic, Duke Law School.

Following are the speakers and topics that will be presented only to hearing officers on Day 3 (March 8):

  • The Importance of Pre-Hearing Procedures - Deusdedi Merced, Chief Hearing Officer, Washington, DC; Lyn Beekman, Director, Special Education Solutions, Okemos, MI
  • Conducting Better Hearings: It's Up to You - Lyn Beekman, Director, Special Education Solutions, Okemos, MI; Deusdedi Merced, Chief Hearing Officer, Washington, DC
  •  Better Legal Writing - Prof. George D. Gopen, Pracice of Rhetoric, Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University School of Law.

Registration Fees and Procedures

Registration fees to attend the training are based upon the date of registration and payment and whether the registrant will be seeking CLE credits for attending the program. Registrations may be paid by check or purchase order through submission of this registration form, which includes a return mailing address and other instructions, or by credit card here

Space limitations require that we limit attendance at this program; accordingly, it is recommended that registrations and payment be submitted as soon as possible.

The following registration fees are applicable to persons NOT seeking CLE credits and include attendance for days one and two (March 6-7) of the training:

  • Early registration (received with payment on or before January 27, 2012): $375
  • Regular registration (received with payment on or before February 25, 2012): $425
  • Late/walk-in registrations (submitted with payment on or after February 25, 2012): $550

The following registration fees are applicable to persons seeking CLE credits and include attendance for days one and two (March 6-7) of the training. We will seek CLE accredation for this program in North Carolina and Washington State; we will assist persons from other states in obtaining CLE accreditation in their respective states:

  • Early registration (received with payment on or before January 27, 2012): $425
  • Regular registration (received with payment on or before February 25, 2012): $475
  • Late/walk-in registrations (submitted with payment on or after February 25, 2012): $550

The following registration fees apply to persons currently serving as special education hearing officers and include attendance for all three days (March 6-8) of the training:

  • Early single registration (received with payment on or before January 27, 2012): $525
  • Regular single registration (received with payment on or before February 25, 2012): $600
  • Two or more registrations from same panel: contact Program Director

We reserve the right to cancel this program, for whatever reason, on or before February 1, 2012; full refunds will be provided in this event.

Hotel Accommodations

The closest hotel to the training facility is the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham, NC 27705. The hotel may be reached at (919) 490-0999 [(800) 443-3853] or through the hotel's website at www.washingtondukeinn.com. As we are unable to reserve a block of rooms, registrants are advised to ask for the best available rate when making reservations. Registrants are responsible for obtaining their own hotel reservations at this or any other hotel in the vicinity. A list of other area hotels/motels will be posted here shortly.

Questions

Please direct any questions to the Program Director, S. James Rosenfeld [phone: (206) 922-3319].

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