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New Attorney:  Special Education and Related Services Overview Online Training

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COPAA is pleased to offer this 12 week online course to attorneys or current law students. The training reviews legislated and litigated requirements for special education and related services for students who have disabilities.  It is intended as an introductory skill building course for attorneys new to the practice of special education law. Participants explore in-depth federal law and case law and the importance of securing appropriate services and supports for students with disabilities.  Course includes reading and written assignments outside of the interactive live class. 

The New Attorney Class is approved for 24 hours of CLE credit in IL.  Students should check their state bar for reciprocity if they practice in another state.

Class Schedule:

Classes are held on Thursdays, September 1, 2016 - December 1, 2016 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EXCEPT September 8th and November 24th).

You should expect to spend 2-4 hours per week in addition to the live class on readings and assignments.


At the end of this course, the student will be able to:


1.      Demonstrate an awareness of the primary federal laws enacted after the early 1960s that continue to have an effect on special education and other services for persons with disabilities.


2.      List and describe the major features of the most important judicial decisions that deal with the educational rights of students with disabilities and their families.


3.      Demonstrate a working knowledge of the major requirements placed on the delivery of special education services by Federal (34 CFR 300) special education regulations.


4.      Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of case law and its application to the following areas of importance: such as (1) evaluation and assessment, (2) discipline/suspension/expulsion, (3) extended school year services, (4) least restrictive environment, (5) the definition of an "appropriate education,” (6) child find, (7) Individualized Education Program requirements; (8) related services  (9) stay put/pendency (10) compensatory education (11) residential placement/private school placement (12) state complaint  process .


Click Here to Download the Syllabus

Lead Instructor: Selene A. Almazan, Esq. 

Past Guest Instructors Have Included: Judith Gran, Esq., Michele Kule Korgood, Esq, Jennifer Laviano, Esq., Mark Martin, Esq., Denise Marshall, MS, Esq.Catherine Merino Reisman, Esq., Jonathan Zimring, Esq. 

Click Here for New Attorney Online Instructor Bios 



Turnbull, H. R. III, & Turnbull, A. P.  (2006).  Free appropriate public education: The law and children with disabilities (7th edition).  Denver:  Love Publishing Company. (approx. $82.00 – purchase or rent, available on Amazon or purchase directly from publisher).




COPAA Members: $955

Guest Members:   $1145

*Payment in full is due when submitting an application.


Cancellation Policy:

If not accepted in the course, a full refund will be issued. If cancelled by 9/22/16, a 50% refund will be issued, No refunds after 9/22/16.

Application Process:

Applications are submitted online and applicants must complete the form in it's entirety. Only completed applications will be considered. The class is limited to 30 participants. Registration deadline is 8/15/16.  


Registration and attendance to COPAA educational events is NOT open to anyone who is not a member of COPAA OR anyone who does not meet membership eligibility requirements. Any individual who currently receives more than 50% of his/her income from state, local, or, in the case of an attorney, who has represented such an agency or school district within the past five years, shall not be permitted to register or attend a COPAA educational event unless a formal exception is granted by the Executive Director of COPAA.  (Click here for more information regarding membership, guest membership and for the full eligibility policy). 

If you are a licensed attorney, but currently have a different COPAA membership type, contact us to convert your membership type. Remember, you must already be a member or be eligible for COPAA membership (if you choose to register as a guest/nonmember).


Scholarship Discount: 

A limited number of qualified individuals whose family income is at or below the federal poverty level or have extenuating circumstances may apply for a course registration fee discount. Attorneys and students with a demonstrated hardship are eligible to apply. You must send a letter of request with proof that you meet the poverty guidelines (i.e.,the first two pages of your federal tax return) to A COPAA Representative will contact you to confirm eligibility and availability. Attorneys who qualify will receive at least a 50% price reduction for the course.

Federal Guidelines can be found here:

There are a limited number of scholarships and applications will be considered and awarded on a first come basis. 


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