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Lyons & Rogers' Special Education Summits

This fall, approximately 500 educators from 95 school districts and collaborative programs attended our annual North and South Special Education Summits, where attorneys from Lyons & Rogers provided practical and strategic guidance on the hottest legal issues in special education. This year, family law attorneys David Wilkinson and Meredith DeJesus Caradimos of Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP joined the session: Family Law 101 for Special Educators to offer their unique insight into issues of custody, residency, educational decision making, and dispute resolution.

The session: Little Mistakes That Cost A Lot: IEP Perils and Pitfalls offered tips and strategies for avoiding and correcting errors involving:

  • Appropriate IEP team composition, including for special purpose meetings;
  • Consideration and documentation of the role of the paraprofessional;
  • Revision of IEPs in a timely manner including in response to behavioral concerns;
  • Documentation of service delivery and progress monitoring to address implementation claims; and
  • Compliance with the substantive requirements for interstate and intrastate transfers.

The annual session: Case Law Year in Review recapped all the relevant federal and state cases and substantive rulings from the past year.

The always popular session: Things to Know Before You Go previewed hot topics to watch out for now and in the near future including alternative medical treatments, ransomware, vaping, safety portals, and requests for therapy animals.

For more information about Lyons & Rogers’ 2020 Special Education Summits, please contact us at:

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
(MCLE) School Law Conference 2020

Catherine Lyons will Co-Chair the 20th annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) School Law Conference on March 27, 2020. Experienced attorneys and educational professionals will present significant updates from the past year, including a comprehensive review of changes in the law deriving from court cases, BSEA decisions, legislation, and regulatory changes. Attorney Lyons will moderate panels on: Preventing and Responding to Harassment in the #MeToo Era and Hot Topics in Education Law. For more information please see

Youth at Risk Conference 2020

For the 20th anniversary of the Youth at Risk (YAR) Conference on May 29, 2020 at Salem State University, Catherine Lyons and Peter Hahn will present: Top 20 Do's and Don'ts for Advocacy on Behalf of Youth at Risk with Schools, Courts, and Agencies. YAR is an annual all-day conference for professionals working with at-risk youth in a variety of settings and organizations (family, community, educational, religious, healthcare, human service, recreational and legal). Attendees include 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 2020 is available at or contact [email protected].