Professional Learning on Legal Issues 2019


February 12, 2019


Members: $100.0 / Non-Members: $140.00

Note: The above costs reflect Early Bird Registrations. An additional $15.00 will be added to registrations made up to 10 days prior to the event.


Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel
925 South Creyts Road
Lansing, MI 48917


9:00 am - 3:30 pm




Tuesday, February 12, 2019 -- 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Title: Professional Learning on Legal Issues 2019


Attorneys from LEA Retainers will present at this workshop:

THRUN:  Dealing with the Difficult Parent

One of the greatest challenges IEP Teams face can be working collaboratively with a difficult parent. From records requests and complaints to excessive communications and changing parental input, this session will address real-life scenarios and equip attendees with tips to navigate these difficult situations.

LUSK ALBERTSON:  LRE After the Sixth Circuit's Decision in LH v Hamilton County BOE

The least restrictive environment (LRE) provisions of IDEA and its implementing regulations have been repeatedly interpreted by our own Sixth Circuit and other courts.  Nevertheless, some read the  Sixth Circuit’s August 2018 decision in LH v Hamilton County BOE suggests LRE is a “right” separate and distinct from the school district’s duty to provide FAPE. And, therefore, the degree to which a student is included or mainstreamed may not be closely related to the effect of inclusion on the student’s educational progress.  LH, for that reason, raises several questions, including: the basis for the Sixth Circuit’s decision; how LH compares with other Sixth Circuit decisions on LRE; whether LH has antecedents in other Circuits; and, what practical effects LH will and should have on IEP teams.  Bob Lusk of Lusk Albertson, PLC, will discuss these and other related issues.

CLARK HILL:  Balancing School Safety and Student Mental Health Issues with Public School IDEA/Section 504 Obligations

As all of you are well aware, school safety and student mental health and well-being continue to present significant challenges for public schools, including our special education staff and Section 504 coordinators.  This presentation will attempt to set forth the special education / Section 504 decision making points and the school processes (including the discipline process) that may be at issue when schools are presented with the need to evaluate or continue to provide services to a student who presents as a danger to self or others at school.  The presentation will discuss key recommendations from the Federal Commission on School Safety and changes in Michigan Law (restraint and seclusion / zero tolerance) that may be triggered when a dangerous situation related to a student is presented to the school.


Attorney Panel.  It is anticipated that the attorneys will also address questions submitted prior to the PL workshop, as time allows.  The link to submit questions will be available at a later date.

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