2020 hindsight: Key decisions all special ed attorneys should know

Learn more about the upcoming School Attorney's Conference organized by Special Ed Connection, a DA sister publication.
By: | January 15, 2021

Special education attorneys who spent the last year helping districts navigate the COVID-19 pandemic will have a golden opportunity to catch up on any major court rulings they might have missed during that time or take a closer look at what the decisions mean for future litigation.

Attorney Jan Tomsky will kick off this year’s School Attorneys Conference with An Unprecedented Year in Review, a look back at the most significant special education rulings from 2020. Her two-hour presentation offers an in-depth review of the 20 key decisions all special ed attorneys should know, as well as an overview of more than 260 additional rulings issued by federal courts in the last year.

Tomsky, a partner with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost in Oakland, Calif., is well known for combining legal expertise and witty commentary to give attendees a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Her presentation will focus on recent legal developments relating to:

  • Attorney’s fees
  • Child find
  • COVID-19 issues
  • Eligibility
  • Exhaustion of remedies
  • FAPE and the Endrew F. standard
  • Independent educational evaluations
  • IEP implementation
  • Manifestation determinations
  • Parent participation
  • Placement
  • Stay-put

Tomsky will explain the significance of each of the Top 20 decisions and give special ed attorneys a sneak peek at the legal issues they’ll likely be dealing with this year. An Unprecedented Year in Review will stream live on Feb. 3 from 2:05 p.m. to 4 p.m., ET, and will be available for access for a short time thereafter.

By attending LRP’s School Attorneys Conference online, you’ll get attend-where-you-are programming plus access to every single session on the agenda! Register today.

Amy E. Slater, Esq., covers special education legal issues for LRP Publications, publisher of DA.