Continuing Legal Education

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 joined 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 were open to attendance by persons who are not special education hearing officers.

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.