California ALJ & Mediator Training (Los Angeles 2012)

April 16-20, 2012

Sheraton Universal City Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

The Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers, on behalf of the California Office of Administrative Hearings, will conduct a five-day training for special education hearing officers and mediators at the Sheraton Universal City Hotel in Los Angeles, California, on April 16-20, 2012. Attendance is available to any person currently serving as a special education hearing officer or mediator.

Hotel Information

The training is being held at the Sheraton Universal City Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608. Individual hotel reservations are availabe at the state rate of $110++ per night. Reservations can be made by contacting Ruth Johnson, Senior Convention Services Manager at (818) 509-2709.


Schedule, Agenda and Presenters
Monday, April 16 1:00 - 4:30 pm Mediating with Parties Who Are Not Native English Speakers Karen Bhangoo, Ph.D. Marc Purchin, M.B.A
Tuesday, April 17 8:30 am  - Noon Psychological Testing: What You Need to Know About SLD and ADHD Amy Majlke, Ph.D.
1:15 - 3:00 pm Current Problems in the Conduct of Hearings Panel Chair: Hon. Timothy L. Newlove, ALJ
3:15 - 4:30 pm Deaf Education in the 21st Century: Assumptions, Myths and Misunderstandings Marc Marshark, Ph.D.
Wednesday, April 18 8:30 - Noon Psychoeducational Evaluations: Why You Hear Different Answers From Different Sides Grace A. Mucci, Ph.D., ABPdN Perry D. Passaro, Ph.D.
1:15 - 4:30 pm Review of Recent Caselaw Prof. Perry A. Zirkel
Thursday, April 19 8:30 - Noon IDEA, FAPE and the 2004 Amendments Prof. Ruth Colker
1:15 - 3:00 pm Evaluating Experts and Expert Testimony Hon. Kristin Miller (ALJ GA)
3:15 - 4:30 pm Who Can Get An IEE - and How Mary Schwartz (IHO IL)
Friday, April 20 8:00 - 11:00 am Writing Better Decisions (III) Prof. Elizabeth Francis

Attendance and Registration

Attendance is available to any person currently designtated as a special education impartial hearing officer, whether an administrative law judge or contract hearing officer. Online registration is available here. The registration procedure supports both payment by credit card and generation of an invoice against a purchase order. You may also download a registration form (PDF).


All questions should be directed to the Academy Director, S. James Rosenfeld, via email here or by phone to: (206) 922-3319.

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