15th National Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearings Officers

July 12-15, 2016 | Regular Program Only: 13.75 Total CLE credits, pending; Basics & Regular Program: 18.25 Total CLE credits, pending

The 15th National Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Impartial Hearing Officers will offer a one-day “Basics” program, for ALJs/IHOs new to special education, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. The regular program will begin on Wednesday, July 13 and conclude on Friday, July 15, 2016, at noon. The welcoming reception will take place on Tuesday afternoon, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Overview

Basics Program

The basics program will include:

  • Overview of the special education process
  • Basic due process hearing procedures
  • Basic special education case law

Regular Program

The regular program will include the following topics:

  • Ethical Issues for Hearing Officers
  • Decision Writing (Advanced)
  • Sanctioning Authority of Hearing Officers
  • G.L. and the Statute of Limitations
  • What Do We Know About Due Process Hearings - And How Can They Be Improved
  • Emerging Issues in Due Process Hearings

This presentation will focus on four challenging issues coming before IHOs and ALJs that have been the subject of important recent cases or other developments. These include (1) Standards for appropriate education, the topic of major cases in the past year in the Fourth and Eighth Circuits; (2) Time limits on presentation of evidence at due process hearings, which generated a recent Eighth Circuit decision, and related issues about conduct of hearings; (3) Prospective and retrospective evidence on the appropriateness of placements, an issue taken up by an important Second Circuit case; (4) Accommodations for children with disabilities and the least restrictive environment, a perennial topic of controversy and one on which a recent guidance from the Office of Special Education and Related Services and the Department of Justice has a bearing. For each issue, the presenter will discuss the underlying statutory provisions and basic caselaw, then identify and discuss current legal developments and trends.

Registration will open shortly.

Eligibility: The Academy is intended to provide a forum for free and open discussion by (1) sitting hearing officers, whether administrative law judges or persons under current contract with a state education agency to serve as a hearing officer, and (2) designated state level personnel with administrative responsibility only for due process hearing system (please check with Professor Rosenfeld for eligibility).

Agenda


Introduction to Special Education Due Process Hearings (Basics for New HOs)


DAY 1: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

8:15 - 8:45

Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00

Sign in, distribution of materials, welcome 

Speaker:  S. James Rosenfeld, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Seattle University School of Law

9:00 - 10:30

Overview of the special education process

Speaker: Jill Geary, Wolf Bay Law, LLC; Director, Seattle School Board

10:30 - 10:45

BREAK

10:45 - Noon

Basic Hearing Procedures - Part 1

Speaker: Stephen A. Rosenbaum, John & Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Noon - 1:00

LUNCH

1:00 - 2:30

Basic Hearing Procedures - Part 2

Speaker: Stephen A. Rosenbaum, John & Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

2:30 - 2:45

BREAK

2:45 - 4:15

Basic Case Law

Speaker: Stephen A. Rosenbaum, John & Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

4:15 - 5:30

Networking Reception


Regular Program


DAY 2: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

8:00 - 9:00

Sign-in; complimentary contintal breakfast

9:00 - 10:30

Sanctioning Authority of Hearing Officers

Speaker: James R. Mortenson, Administrative Law Judge, Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings

10:30 - 10:45

BREAK

10:45 - NOON

The latest on the statute of limitations: G.L. and its impact on compensatory education

Speakers: Jake McElligot and Charles W. Jelly, Impartial Hearing Officers, Pennsylvania Office for Dispute Resolution

Noon - 1:00

LUNCH

1:00 - 2:15

Ethical Issues for Hearing Officers - Part 1

Speaker: Professor Gregory L. Ogden, Pepperdine University School of Law

2:15 - 2:30

BREAK

2:30 - 4:00

Ethical Issues for Hearing Officers - Part 2

Speaker: Professor Gregory L. Ogden, Pepperdine University School of Law

DAY 3: Thursday, July 14, 2016

8:00 - 9:00

Sign-in; complimentary continental breakfast

9:00 - 10:30

Advanced Decision Writing - Part 1

Speaker: James D. Gerl, Scotti & Gerl

10:30 - 10:45

BREAK

10:45 - NOON

Advanced Decision Writing - Part 2

Speaker: James D. Gerl, Scotti & Gerl

Noon - 1:00
LUNCH
1:00 - 2:15

What do we really know about due process hearings?

Speaker: William F. Culleton, Jr., Impartial Hearing Officer, Pennsylvania Office for Dispute Resolution

2:15 - 2:30

BREAK

2:30 - 4:00

How can due process hearings be improved?

Moderator: William F. Culleton, Jr., Impartial Hearing Officer, Pennsylvania Office for Dispute Resolution

Panel: TBA

DAY 4: Friday, July 15, 2016

8:00 - 9:00

Sign-in; complimentary contintal breakfast

9:00 - 10:30

Emerging Issues in due process hearings - Part 1

Speaker:  Mark C. Weber, Vincent de Paul Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

10:30 - 10:45

BREAK

10:45 - Noon

Emerging Issues in due process hearings - Part 2

Moderator: Mark C. Weber, Vincent de Paul Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

Panel: TBA

Noon

Adjournment

Presenters

Program Chair

S. James Rosenfeld

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle WA

Jim joined the Law School in September 2001 as supervisor of the Special Education Clinical program until 2005. Thereafter, he served as Director of Continuing Legal Education until June 2009, following which he became Director of Education Law Programs.
In 2002, he established the National Academy of IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers, which has trained special education hearing officers from over 25 states. Until recently, he served as founding Chair of the Special Education Section of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ). He is the founder of COPAA (The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates), a private, non-profit organization established to improve the quality and increase the quantity of legal resources for parents of children with disabilities. In April 2002, Jim was invited to testify before the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education. He also participated in the Monitoring Stakeholders Project convened by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), to consider changes in OSEP's monitoring and compliance ("Focused Monitoring"). The Founding Managing Editor of EHLR (now IDELR, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Law Report, he has had a long interest in improving the IDEA hearing system and, in 1985, testified before Congress on suggested improvements.

Pricing

Individual

Regular Program Only  Basics & Regular Program
   Early: PAID on/before 4/30/16 $1,250 per person $1,500 per person
Regular: PAID on/before 6/12/16 $1,500 per person $1,750 per person
Late: PAID on/after 6/13/16 $1,700 per person $2,000 per person

Group

Regular Program Only  Basics & Regular Program
3-5 persons: PAID on/before 4/30/16 $1,150 per person $1,400 per person
PAID on/before 6/12/16 $1,250 per person $1,500 per person
PAID on/after 6/13/16 $1,350 per person $1,600 per person
6+ persons: PAID on/before 4/30/16 $1,000 per person $1,250 per person
PAID on/before 6/12/16 $1,150 per person $1,400 per person
PAID on/after 6/13/16 $1,250 per person $1,500 per person

Lodging Information

Please book your room sooner rather than later.

Hotel rooms in Seattle in summertime are in high demand and can become expensive as the dates approach. If you plan to stay at the Conference Hotel - the Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle on Broadway - you must reserve your room no later than June 12, 2016. The Silver Cloud Hotel is located across the street from the Seattle University campus, about a five minute walk from Seattle University School of Law.  Click here for a printable set of instructions on making room reservations.

Conference Hotel

Silver Cloud Hotel - Broadway

1100 Broadway | Seattle WA 98122

Single King/Double Queen -  $245.00 per night, single occupancy/$255 per night, double occupancy

Deadline for reservations: June 12, 2016

To make reservations:

By Phone:

206-325-1400 or 1-800-490-1901 - Use the Group Name "IDEA" (Please note: you may have to pronounce it as the word "idea", since that is how everyone at the Silver Cloud Hotel says it, rather than as the acronym "I-D-E-A".)

Online:

Visit the Silver Cloud website at www.silvercloud.com/seattlebroadway - Use Group Code IDEA

Parking

If you are driving to Seattle and staying at the Silver Cloud Hotel, unless you need to drive to campus, you will need to park your car there and walk to the School of Law. The campus parking permits do not allow for over-night parking, and the university cannot be liable for the safety of your car.