2008 Special Education Hearing Officer and Mediator Training

Tuesday - Friday, November 18 - 21, 2008

California Franchise Tax Board Building
Sacramento, California

Organized and Presented by the National Academy for IDEA ALJs and HOs at Seattle University School of Law

CA and WA State CLE Credits: to be determined

Special education hearing officers are invited to attend a training conference being conducted in Sacramento, California, by the National Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers of the Seattle University School of Law on. The four-day training will address disability awareness, testing and assessment, case management and procedures and mediation.


  • Greg Abell, Senior Partner, Sound Operations Group, LLP, Bainbridge Island, Washington
  • Jack B. Clark, Jr., Best Best & Krieger LLP, Riverside, California
  • Matthew D. Cohen, Monahan & Cohen, Chicago, Illinois
  • Kathryn E. Dobel, Law Office of Kathryn E. Dobel, Berkeley, California
  • Nan P. Hundere, formerly of Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Schulze & Aldridge, PC, San Antonio, Texas
  • Jerome M. Sattler, Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, Author, Assessment of Children-Cognitive Foundations (5th Edition), La Mesa, California

Program Agenda

November 18, 2008
Session No.
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. Session 1 Understanding Accommodations of Disabilities in General Education
10:30 a.m. - noon Session 2 Testing and Assessment
1 - 4:30 p.m. Session 3 Testing and Assessment
November 19, 2008
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Session 4 Bias-free proceeding: avoiding the perception of favoritism
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Session 5 Qualifying and evaluating expert witnesses; determining credibility
10:45 a.m. - noon Session 6 Panel: Settling cases: how much of a role can and should ALJs play?
1 - 2:15 p.m. Session 7 Panel: How active should ALJs be in developing the record?
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Session 8 Stay-put
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Session 9 Dealing with non-represented parties (parents and lay advocates)
November 20, 2008
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Session 10 Transition
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Session 11 Research based practice
10:45 a.m. - noon Session 12 Panel: Is there a new FAPE standard or not? Interpretations of Mercer Island.
1 - 2:15 p.m. Session 13 Panel: Why you should know about this decision.
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Session 14 Compensatory education: how much, who decides and how?
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Session 15 Private Placements
November 21, 2008
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sessions 16 - 19 Mediation

Training Location Information

The training will take place at the California Franchise Tax Board, 9646 Butterfield Way, Sacramento, California 95827.

Hotel accommodations are available at Larkspur Landing Home Suite Hotel, 121 Iron Point Road, Folsom, California 95630; 916.355.1616. A limited number of rooms are available at the special rate of $84/night plus taxes. Registrants are individually responsible for their hotel accommodations.

For additional information about this CLE seminar, please contact Julie McClure at the Office of Continuing Legal Education at mcclurej@seattleu.edu or by phone at 206.398.4282.

Justice Fred H. Dore Courtroom