News and Events

Lyons & Rogers' Special Education Summits

Registration is open for the annual Lyons & Rogers' Special Education Summits. The South Summit will be held on October 13th and the North Summit will be held on October 20th. Each Summit is a day-long seminar covering legal developments and hot topics in special education. This year, sessions will focus on inclusion issues, case law and due process trends, student discipline, and more. The 2016 Summits drew nearly 400 attendees from eighty-eight (88) districts. Register now to reserve your seat.

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Summer Academy for School Nurses

Catherine Lyons presented "Hot Topics for School Nurses: Legal Issues in School Health" at Northeastern University's School Health Academy on August 7th. Topics included the critical role of nurses in the school setting, service animals, individualized health care plans (IHPs), Section 504 and ADA requirements, food allergies and chemical sensitivities, investigating reported medical conditions, HIPPA and FERPA, documentation traps, and chronic absenteeism.

Boot Camp 2017

Lyons & Rogers' conducted a three-day Boot Camp, "Special Education Law from A to Z" sponsored by the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School on August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Educators from sixteen different school districts attended this year. Topics included managing conflict and the team process, strategies for ensuring compliance, placement decisions and LRE considerations, FBAs and BIPs, bullying, discipline for students with disabilities, confidentiality and FERPA, transition planning, drafting persuasive prior written notice forms (N1s), dealing with experts, consensus building, and Section 504 determinations.

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Superintendents' Institute 2017

Catherine Lyons presented "Creating Inclusive Schools: Legal Lessons Learned" with Dr. Barbara Cataldo at the M.A.S.S. Superintendents' Institute on July 19th.

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) School Law Conference 2017

Catherine Lyons Co-Chaired the 17th annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) School Law Conference on May 5th, moderating panels on residential placement claims and student discipline.