News and Events


Lyons & Rogers' Special Education Summits

Join Lyons & Rogers at one of our annual Special Education Summits this fall:

  • The North Summit will be on October 12, 2018.
  • The South Summit will be on November 8, 2018.

Last fall, 400 educators from 87 different school districts and collaborative programs attended the Lyons & Rogers’ Summits. As always, we will cover the hottest trending legal issues, including our annual "Case Law Year in Review."  Learn practical strategies for managing challenging IDEA cases, Section 504 and ADA dilemmas, FERPA requirements, student discipline, and more.  Join us for a high-quality professional development experience; gain "real-world" tools and resources; and network with our attorneys, guest speakers and your colleagues. For more information about the 2018 Summits, please contact us at:

What do you do when a parent refuses special education and wants a 504 plan?

Catherine Lyons was recently quoted in an article for Special Ed Connection on the impact of procedural variations between IEPs and 504 plans.

Shore Up Your Child Find Activities Under Section 504

Catherine Lyons was recently interviewed by LRP regarding the obligation of school districts to engage in child find activities, including putting the community on notice, ensuring staff understand the referral process, and recognizing that students with IHPs may also be eligible under Section 504.

School Law Insider – Spring 2018

Do I have to engage with a parent’s advocate?

Coordinating IEP meetings and reaching consensus when parents are working with an educational advocate, consultant, or attorney may be challenging at times. Lyons & Rogers’ Spring 2018 School Law Insider offers key reminders and tips for ensuring compliance, demonstrating your efforts to include parents in decision making, and avoiding running afoul of the IDEA.

Youth at Risk Conference 2018

Catherine Lyons presented "What’s Hot? Updates on Essential Special Education Cases and Trends" at the annual Youth at Risk (YAR) Conference on June 8, 2018 at Salem State University. YAR is an annual all-day conference for professionals working with at-risk youth in a variety of settings and organizations (family, community, schools, religious, healthcare, human service, recreational and legal). Attendees included social workers, psychologists, youth counselors, family therapists, educators, school adjustment counselors, guidance counselors, community and public health workers, program managers, agency and organization CEO's, police officers, juvenile court personnel, lawyers, and volunteers. More information about YAR 2019 is available at or contact [email protected].

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) "1st Look" Updating School Safety Policies

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, and a number of other prior school shootings around the country, schools, parents, and local law enforcement agencies are hurrying to re-examine school safety policies and practices. On April 9, 2018, Catherine Lyons moderated a seminar where panelists, including a Juvenile Court judge, a deputy superintendent of police, and parents' attorney, discussed the factors that schools need to consider when revamping their policies, as well as the contentious issues that arise in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.  For a copy of the presentation and materials, please see:

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) School Law Conference 2018

Catherine Lyons Co-Chaired the 18th annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) School Law Conference on March 9, 2018, moderating panels on "Students with Disabilities: Practice and Procedure in BSEA Hearings, CRAs, and Other Juvenile Court Matters" and "Hot Topics in Education Law." To obtain the recorded webcast and materials, please see: