11th Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Impartial Hearing Officers

July 10-13, 2012

Seattle University School of Law

The 11th Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Impartial Hearing Officers (ALJs and IHOs) will be held at the Seattle University School of Law on July 10-13, 2012. Complete program information will be posted here as it is available.

Program Information

Day 1 of the program (Tuesday, July 10) will consist of optional sessions that may or may not be relevant to any particular special education hearing officer. These sessions will also be open to persons who are not hearing officers. The morning program will concern Bullying and Children with Disabilities. Then afternoon program will address the unique aspects of Mediating Special Education Disputes. Hearing officers may attend these sessions without payment of any additional registration fee.

Days 2-4 of the program (Wednesday, July 11, through Friday, July 13) will offer general sessions only for special education hearing officers.  

Here is the complete final program topics and schedule:

Day 1 - Tuesday, July 10
Day 1 sessions are optional for hearing officers; non-hearing officers will be present
8:00 - 8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcome
9:00 - 10:30 AM Bullying and Children with Disabilities (James D. Gerl, Scotti & Gerl)
10:30 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Bullying and Children with Disabilities (continued)
12:15 - 1:15 PM
1:15 - 2:45 PM Mediation of Special Education Disputes (Greg Abell, Sr. Partner, Sound Options Group LLP)
2:45 - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 - 4:30 PM Mediation of Special Education Disputes (continued)
4:30 - 5:15 PM Reception
Day 2 - Wednesday, July 11
8:00 - 8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 AM A Hearing Officer's Guide to Assistive Technology 9Brenda Heiman, Ph.D., Louisiana Tech University)
10:00 - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM - Noon A Hearing Officer's Guide to Assistive Technology (continued)
Noon - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 PM Evaluation and Eligibility Issues Under IDEA (Prof. Mark C. Weber, DePaul University College of Law)
2:30 - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 - 4:15 PM Panel: What Would You Do? (Moderator: Mark Weber. Panelists: to be announced)
Day 3 - Thursday, July 12
8:00 - 8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 AM IEEs: When, How and Why Hearing Officers Can and Should Order Them (Mary Schwartz, IHO (Illinois)
10:00 - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM - Noon Case Law Review (Richard M. Peterson, Pepperdine University School of Law)
Noon - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 PM The Amicus Process and Current Cases of Interest ((Mark L. Gross, Deputy Chief, Appellate Section, U.S. Dept. of Justice)
2:30 - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 - 4:15 PM Panel: On the Horizon (Participants to be announced)
Day 4 - Friday, July 13
8:00 - 8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 AM Presentation: Sanctioning Authority and Practices (Deusdedi Merced, Law Offices, NY)
9:30 - 10:30 AM Panel: Sanctioning Authority and Practices (Moderator: Deusdedi Merced; Panelists: to be announced)
10:30 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - Noon Review of Recommendations to Congress (S. James Rosenfeld)

Registration

Attendance of this program is available to any person currently designated as a special education hearing officer by their state (ALJ or contract hearing officer) and to state-level due process hearing system coordinators. Online registration is available here; a paper registration form is available for downloading here.

Non-hearing officers (attorneys, advocates, parents, educational personnel) who wish to attend the first day of the program may register online here; a paper registration form is available for download here.

Registration fees are specified at both online sources and paper registration forms. Questions concerning registration should be directed to the Academy Director, S. James Rosenfeld, via email here or by phone to: (206) 922-3319.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms at the Silver Cloud - Broadway, 1100 Broadway  Seattle, WA 98122, has been set aside at special rates for IDEA Academy registrants and for IDEA Academy registrants who are government employees. This hotel is adjacent to the university campus and the closest hotel to the Law School. The following discounted group rates for IDEA Academy registrants are net, non-commissionable, and subject to hotel tax, currently at 15.6%, along with the current tourism tax. The rates are available for arrival on Sunday, July 8, 2012, and departure on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

Hotel rates for non-government employee registrants:

  • IDEA Academy: Standard Single King - Single or Double Occupancy: $155.00
  • IDEA Academy: Standard Double Queen - Single to Double Occupancy: $155.00

Hotel rates for government employee registrants:

  • IDEA Academy-Government: Standard Single King - Single or Double Occupancy: $137.00
  • IDEA Academy-Government: Standard Double Queen - Single to Double Occupancy: $137.00