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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 August 12, 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. Cat will moderate panels on: Preventing and Responding to Harassment in the #MeToo Era and Hot Topics in Education Law. For the recorded webinar and conference materials, please see https://www.mcle.org/.

Demystifying Virtual IEP Team Meetings

On April 30, 2020, Catherine Lyons and Amy Rogers presented a legal webinar on everything you ever wanted to know about how to conduct legally compliant, effective and productive virtual IEP team meetings. Topics included: ensuring accessibility, procedural compliance, confidentiality and privacy, maintaining professionalism online, and more!

MCLE’s “1st Look” at Advising Clients on Contingency Planning for Coronavirus

Catherine Lyons joined a panel of legal experts for an MCLE webcast on March 26, 2020, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on public schools, and the development of strategies to mitigate the negative effects of school closures on students, families, and school districts. Other legal experts on the webcast shared insights in the areas of employment, contracts, and higher education. A copy of the webcast may be obtained at: https://www.mcle.org/product/catalog/code/2200328WAU.

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 trending 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: /Contact.shtml.

  • Special Education
  • Discipline
  • Bullying & Harassment
  • General Education
  • Civil Rights
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