Faculty

Following in alphabetical order is a list of persons who have participated as faculty in prior annual trainings.

Richard P. Bartos, Esq.
Bartos Law Firm
Helena, MT

Rick served as law clerk for Senior Justice John Harrison, Montana Supreme Court. In 1981-1989, he was appointed Chief Legal Counsel for Montana's State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ed Argenbright. In 1989 through 1992, he served as Chief Legal Counsel for Montana's Governor Stan Stephens. Rick was designated as Assistant State Attorney General and defended Montana's public school funding system

The State Bar of Montana awarded Rick the Distinguished Service Award for the creation and implementation of the Montana Law Related Education Program.

Rick has been in private practice in Helena, Montana, representing school districts, school administrators and parents of disabled children. He has served as special education hearing officer and is a frequent lecturer on various school law and special education topics. Rick is a member of the advisory council for the Pacific Northwest Institute on Special education.

He is also very active in the state's elder protection and elder advocacy programs. Rick also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Montana Higher Education Student Assistance Corporation (states largest secondary market for post-secondary education student loans) and Vice-Chairman of the Student Assistance Foundation one of the largest education endowments in Montana.

Barbara Bateman, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor Emeritus of Special Education
University of Oregon

Barbara D. Bateman, J.D., Ph.D., is a nationally recognized leader in special education law. In collaboration with Dr. Samuel Kirk, she helped to distinguish the category of learning disabilities in the 1960s and to develop the special services that would later serve this population.

Dr. Bateman has 40 years of experience as an educator, author, and researcher, and she has written more than 100 books, monographs, book chapters, and articles on special education and legal issues. She has long been associated with the Learning Disabilities Association and has served as an advocate for parents of children receiving special education services, representing them in due process hearings and as a consultant.

Dr. Bateman is Professor Emeritus of Special Education at the University of Oregon, Eugene. She has consulted with and assisted school districts, state departments, and individuals throughout the United States. Her most recent publication, Better IEPs: How to Develop Legally Correct and Educationally Useful Programs, updates the IEP process to accommodate the changes under the 1997 IDEA Amendments. Bateman also authored IEP Success and Legal Issues in School Transportation.

Lynwood (“Lyn”) E. Beekman, Esq.
Special Education Solutions
Okemos, MI

Lyn Beekman was in legal practice for about 30 years. For the first 16 years he represented parents and their children with disabilities. During this same period and later, he also represented the Michigan Education Association and its members, including teachers, school psychologists, school social workers, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, etc., Over the last ten years, he represented school districts on matters relating to special education and Section 504.

Since 1978, Lyn has served as a hearing officer in over 230 hearings. Lyn has provided consultation assistance or hearing officer trainings for 28 states and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He also serves as a mediator. These activities, together with presentations encouraging the use of various alternative dispute resolution processes (some quite non-traditional), so dominated his time that he recently left the practice of law to establish Special Education Solutions (SES), a special education dispute resolution and training center.

In 1971, Lyn co-authored Michigan’s state mandatory special education law and, subsequently, many of its rules. The recipient of numerous awards for his volunteer efforts, Lyn has served on numerous state board of education committees and task forces regarding various special education issues, most recently having chaired its Special Education Delivery Task Force to revise its entire system. From 1978 to 1984 he served as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University on special education law and since then has been a guest lecturer at various universities and law schools. He continues to provide consultation assistance and inservices to state departments of education and presentations to many school districts, as well as various national and state organizations of persons with disabilities, parents and professionals.

Jeffrey F. Champagne, Esq.
McNees, Wallace & Nurick LLP
Harrisburg, PA

Jeffrey F. Champagne practices education law and disability law as part of the Education Law Group of the law firm of McNees, Wallace & Nurick in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He advises and represents school districts, Intermediate Units, private schools, and colleges on special education matters, Americans with Disabilities Act issues, in administrative hearings and in federal court.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Champagne served as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Education from 1990 to 1995. Mr. Champagne also served as the director of the division of the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that is responsible for implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and served as trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Mr. Champagne is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law and is the author of articles and monographs relating to the least restrictive environment requirement, IDEA case law, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

William L.E. Dussault, Esq.
Law Office of William L.E. Dussault, P.S.
Seattle, WA

Mr. Dussault took his B.A. (1969) and his J.D. (1972) at the University of Washington. He immediately become involved in the private practice of disability law, first as a partner with Sweet & Dussault and, since 1984, as a sole practitioner.

In addition to his practice, he teaches law and ethics at the School of Nursing of the University of Washington, is an Adjunct Professor on Disability Law at the School of Law of the University of Washington, and a guest lecturer at the University of Oregon and Seattle University. He is vice chairperson of the American Bar Association's Family Law Committee on Mental Disability. He also is counsel to the Association for the Severely Handicapped and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Association for the Severely Handicapped. He is chair of the National Human Rights Committe of the Association for Retarded Citizens of the U.S. and has presented at the ARC-US Annual Meeting.

He has been a member of the Executive Board of the Pacific Northwest Institutes on Special Education & Law since 1984. He has made presentations to the National Institute on Special Education & the Law and the International Institute on Head Injury and the Law at Emmanuel College at Cambridge University. He has also been a Contract Review Officer for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and testified to the Senate on the Handicapped Children's Protection Act.

Honorable Ronald M. Gould
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Seattle, WA

Judge Gould, who was sworn into office on January 3, 2000, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and from the University of Michigan Law School. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Law Review and was awarded the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Judge Gould clerked for Circuit Judge Wade H. McCree, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, after which he clerked for Justice Potter Stewart at the United States Supreme Court. He is admitted to the bar in the state of Washington.

Upon completion of his clerkship in 1975, Judge Gould joined the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle, where he was a partner at the time of his nomination to the court of appeals. He specialized in financial institutions law, alternative dispute resolution, antitrust law, trade regulation litigation, and complex commercial litigation.

Involved in public service, Judge Gould has been active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving for years on the Executive Board of the Chief Seattle Council. In 1998, he was honored by the Boy Scouts with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. He served on the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County and is a past member of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He is currently a Trustee and is past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bellevue Community College.

Judge Gould has also been active in service to professional organizations. He is a member of the American Bar Association, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a former Trustee of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington, and a former member of the Board of Governors and past President of the Washington State Bar Association. He was honored with the "Award for Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession and Public" by the King County Bar Association. Judge Gould also serves on the Board of Directors of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society.

Nancy Fredman Krent, Esq.
Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn
Arlington Heights, IL

A partner in the law firm of Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn, Nancy Fredman Krent graduated with honors with an A.B. from the University of Michigan, where she also received her law degree, graduating law school summa cum laude. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced for eleven years in Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Virginia, in the areas of private and public sector employment law and school law. Ms. Krent has just concluded her term as Chairman of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys. In that capacity, she also serves as an ex officio member of the National School Boards Association Board of Directors. She has taught public school law, and is a frequent lecturer for the Council of School Attorneys. She is co-author of NSBA monographs on the Americans with Disabilities Act, selecting a school attorney, and sexual harassment.

Gary S. Mayerson, Esq.
Mayerson & Associates
New York, NY

Gary Mayerson is a 1979 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2000, after 12 years as a commercial litigation partner with a well known Manhattan law firm, Mayerson withdrew from his partnership to start Mayerson & Associates, the first and only law practice in the country dedicated almost exclusively to representing children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders in educational rights matters and appeals.

To date, Gary and his staff have worked with hundreds of families in more than two dozen states, as far away as Alaska. Gary also has consulted internationally and has presented at numerous conferences and universities.

Gary has testified before Congress on the subject of the federal IDEA statute and is the author of “How To Try An Autism Case,” published in the June, 2003, edition of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine. Gary’s chapter, “Notes From the Front: The Current Wave in ABA Litigation,” appears in Dr. Lovaas’ most recent book, Teaching Children With Developmental Delays (Pro-Ed 2003). Gary’s foreward appears in Dr. Sabrina Freeman’s most recent book, Science for Sale In The Autism Wars (SKF Books 2003). Most recently, Gary completed his own book for parents of children with developmental disabilities titled How To Compromise With Your School District Without Compromising Your Child (DRL Books), which is scheduled for publication in August, 2004.

Laurel Currie Oates
Director of the Legal Writing Program
Seattle University School of Law

Professor Oates received her B.A. with Honors, from Western Washington University, and her J.D. cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law, 1978. A clerk with the Washington State Court of Appeals from 1979 to 1981, Professor Oates has been active in the law school’s legal writing program since 1980, serving both as instructor and administrator. She has been co-chair of four Teaching Legal Writing national conferences held in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1992, and chair of the 1996 conference. The coauthor of The Legal Writing Handbook, Professor Oates is also the recipient of Seattle University’s 1997 Distinguished Teacher Award.

Heather A. Rodin
Hearing Officer
Connecticut State Department of Education

Heather Rodin has been a Hearing Officer for the Due Process Unit of the Connecticut State Board of Education since 1981. She was admitted to the bar in New York State and is now retired. She holds an A.B. degree in liberal arts from the University of Chicago, an LL.B from New York Law School, a M.S in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis from the then entitled New School of Social Research in N.Y. She has been a classroom teacher, a special education teacher, a consultant on urban problems a civic volunteer and an attorney in private practice and as a volunteer with the Legal Aid Society.

Robert Silverstein, J.D.
Director
Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy
Washington, DC

Mr. Silverstein is the Director of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP). Mr. Silverstein has over 25 years experience providing policy analysis and research for and technical assistance to policy makers and negotiating and drafting public policy at the Federal, State, and local levels.

At the Center, Mr. Silverstein gives keynote speeches, conducts advocacy training, assists disability groups, and federal, state and local agencies draft disability policy, and conducts action-oriented policy research. His areas of focus include civil rights, education, work incentives, workforce investment and welfare reform from a disability perspective.

From 1987-97, Mr. Silverstein served as principal advisor to Senator Tom Harkin (D. Iowa), who served as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy (1987-95), ranking member of the Subcommittee (1995-97), and lead member on disability policy issues on the Committee on Labor and Human Resources (1997). In his capacity, Silverstein played a central role in all important disability policy legislation produced between 1987-1997, including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, 15 other pieces of legislation, and numerous disability-related amendments to other bills concerning, health, civil rights, education, and job training.

From 1985-1987, Silverstein served as counsel to the Subcommittee on Select Education, Committee on Education and Labor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Subcommittee was chaired by Congressman Pat Williams (D. Montana). Silverstein’s responsibilities were similar to those undertaken during his Senate tenure. Among the bills Silverstein was responsible for was P.L. 99-457, which added early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This program is landmark because of its family-centered focus and its interagency orientation.