PUBLISHED:February 14, 2012

Duke Law conference to focus on special education law

Duke Law School will be hosting a Special Education Law conference March 6-8, in collaboration with the Seattle University School of Law. The conference, which is offered to special education administrative law judges and hearing officers, as well as to lawyers who practice in the area of special education, will bring in experts from around the country. Topics include current issues in the diagnosis and treatment of autism, transition planning for students with disabilities, independent educational evaluations, functional behavior assessments, and the awarding of compensatory education.

Duke Law faculty members Jane Wettach and Brenda Berlin of Duke Law’s Children’s Law Clinic will present a case law update. Prof. George Gopen, Duke Professor of Rhetoric, will present a session on better legal writing.

The conference is part of the National Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers, a program of the Seattle University School of Law. This is the first time such a conference will be held in the southeast. The IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – is the federal law requiring school districts around the country to provide appropriate services to children with disabilities that affect learning. Under the law, each state must create a mechanism for parent concerns to be addressed through a due process proceeding and must assure that the due process hearing officers are trained.

View conference information and registration materials.