2019 Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS)

2019 Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS)

Date and Time

  • Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Warren Hall, Room 2A

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




With a goal of providing important and useful information on special education law and practice, the University of San Diego School of Law will offer its Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS) again this fall. This specialized program not only educates participants about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), but also offers practical, hands-on experience in special education advocacy. Past participants have included parents of children with disabilities, professionals working in related fields, school district staff, related services providers (such as speech and language pathologists), attorneys and others.

Appropriate for attorneys, paralegals, special education and other professionals, as well as parents, the series includes six law and practical training seminars, which may be taken individually or as a complete program. Each Saturday seminar is broken up into a morning and afternoon session with a one-hour lunch break.

The seminars are taught by experienced special education attorneys as well as a licensed clinical psychologist. Participants leave each seminar with knowledge in special education law as well as practical training that gives them hands-on skills. No textbook is required and each seminar includes handouts. A “Certificate of Completion” will be given to all enrollees who complete all six seminars.

Seminars are open to anyone who wishes to enroll.  MCLE credit is available for attorneys and paralegals at no additional charge. 

Seminar dates and topics:

  • September 7, 2019 - Seminar 1: Intro to Law, Education & Disability
  • September 21, 2019 - Seminar 2: Eligibility, Entry & Assessments
  • October 12, 2019 - Seminar 3: IEP Process
  • October 26, 2019 - Seminar 4: Section 504, FERPA, OCR & Idea Dispute Resolution
  • November 9, 2019 - Seminar 5: Student Discipline, Behavior, Manifest Determinations & IEP Implementation & Compliance
  • November 23, 2019 - Seminar 6: Early Intervention & Adult Transition

Registration Information

Each of the six, day-long seminars may be taken individually, or the entire series may be purchased in full at a discounted rate.

Registration Category Fee          
Full Series (six seminars) $600        
Individual Seminars (cost per seminar)            $125        
USD Law Student & USD Employees FREE


Saturday, 9/7/19


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cara Lucier, Esq

1a. Introduction to Law and Education

  • The IDEA, 1975 to the present
  • The need for special education
  • Special education law and national policy
  • Legal framework for education law
  • Practical Training: Collaborative methods and ethics in special education law

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Moisés Barón


1b. Impact of Disability on the Family

  • Definition of Disability, clinically and under IDEA and 504
  • Epidemiological Data
  • Family Adaptation to Child Disability
  • Family Needs Assessment and Identification Model (NIIM©)
  • Barriers in accessing advocacy services
  • Practical Training: Interviewing and client intake

Saturday, 9/21/19


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Jazmine Gelfand, Esq.

2a. Special Education Eligibility and Entry

  • Child find and referrals
  • Eligibility categories
  • Participants in private or charter schools
  • Foster Participants, homeless Participants, and incarcerated or institutionalized youth
  • Residency issues
  • Practical Training: Drafting initial requests for assessment for eligibility

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Mimi Adams, Esq.

2b. Assessments

  • Assessment areas and methodologies
  • Consent
  • Timelines
  • Understanding the written assessment report
  • Special issues in assessments: behavior, aides (Special Circumstances Instructional Assistance), mental health, medical, assistive technology
  • Practical Training: Interpreting assessment results and drafting requests for re-assessment or specialized assessments

Saturday, 10/12/19


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Meagan Nuñez, Esq.

3a. The IEP Process, Part 1

  • Connecting the dots for an appropriate IEP
  • What is FAPE?
  • Present Levels
  • Goals
  • Placement, including LRE
  • Related services
  • Special factors, accommodations, and modifications
  • Practical Training: Charting an IEP

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Mimi Adams, Esq.

3b. The IEP Process, Part 2

  • Parent participation and rights
  • Scheduling the meeting
  • Mandatory and optional IEP team member
  • Recording
  • Consent, partial consent, and disagreement
  • Practical Training: Drafting a letter regarding recording a meeting; drafting letters regarding partial consent or disagreement

Saturday, 10/26/19


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cara Lucier, Esq.

4a. Section 504, FERPA, and Other Federal Laws

  • Comparison of 504 with IDEA in the school setting
  • Basics of 504 plans
    • Procedures
    • FAPE Requirement
    • Standard
    • Enforcement and 504 Hearings
  • Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Complaints
  • Practical Training: Charting a 504 Plan

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Mimi Adams, Esq.

4b. IDEA Dispute Resolution

  • Dispute Resolution
    • District IDR
    • Compliance Complaints
    • Mediation Only
    • Due Process Hearings
      • Filing requirements
      • Resolution Session
      • Mediation
      • Hearing Process
      • Settlement Agreements
      • California Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Remedies
    • Compensatory Education (parent remedy)
    • Reimbursement (parent remedy)
    • Prospective services and placement (parent remedy)
    • Order that school district’s offer is FAPE (district remedy)
    • Order of Stay Put (parent or district remedy)
  • Practical Training: Drafting Requests for Due Process; Common Settlement Agreement terms

Saturday, 11/9/19


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Margaret A. Dalton, Esq.
Jazmine Gelfand, Esq.


5a. Student Discipline

  • Suspensions
  • Expulsions
  • Manifestation Determinations
    • Requirements
    • Honig Injunction
    • Stay Put
  • Behavior Issues and the IDEA
  • Practical Training: Drafting a Request for an Expedited Hearing

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Meagan Nuñez, Esq.


5b. IEP Implemtation and Compliance
  • Records requests
  • Observing Participants at school
  • The role of data
  • Requesting IEP team meeting
  • IEP amendments
  • Timelines for implementation and compliance
  • Student progress reports on goals, and report cards
  • Practical Training: Drafting a records request; drafting requests for IEP team meetings

Saturday, 11/23/19


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cara Lucier, Esq.

6a. Early Intervention, Birth-5

  • Part C of the IDEA and Early Intervention: Birth to age 3
  • Transition from Individual Family Service Plan to IEP
  • Initial IEP
  • Services for Preschoolers
  • Transition to Kindergarten
  • Practical Training: Identifying resources and educational services for Birth-5

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Summer Stech, Esq.

6b. Transition to Adulthood and Post-Secondary Education

  • IDEA requirements in secondary transition
  • Individual Transition Plans
  • Preparing Participants for employment
  • Preparing Participants for post-secondary education
  • Preparing Participants for independent living
  • Self-determination and transition
  • Interagency Collaboration
  • Practical Training: Drafting Individual Transition Plan goals



  • The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Board of California-approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for 36 hours of general credit. 
  • The Series consists of six, 6-hour long seminars (with a one-hour lunch break). Participants will receive six hours of MCLE credit for each seminar completed. A total of 36 MCLE credits are available for those who complete the entire Core Series.
    Participants will also receive a record for MCLE purposes. Seminars are open to anyone who wishes to enroll
  • MCLE credit is available for attorneys and paralegals at no additional charge.


  • Participants who complete the entire Core Series will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of San Diego School of Law.
  • Participants are eligible for the Certificate even if they complete the Core Series over several terms, so long as all seminars are completed within three years.
  • Participants may choose to enroll in as many, or as few, seminars as they choose in order to meet their professional or personal goals. However, participants must complete the entire Core Series to receive the Certificate. 

Directions and Parking Instructions

University of San Diego School of Law
Warren Hall, Room 2A
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110

From the North From the South From the East
> Use I-5 South 
> Exit Sea World Dr. & Tecolote Rd.
> Proceed left at stoplight toward Morena Blvd.
> Turn right on Morena Blvd.
> Left on Napa to Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Alcala Park for East Entrance to campus
> Use I-5 North
> Exit Morena Blvd. (signs will say: Morena Blvd. use I-8 East)
> Stay to the right and follow signs for Morena Blvd.
> Take the first right onto Linda Vista Rd.
>Turn left on Alcala Park for East Entrance to campus
> Use I-8 West 
> Exit at Morena Blvd.
> Go right onto Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Alcala Park for East Entrance to campus


Parking is free and open on weekends. You may park in any open space.

Contact Information

Please send all inquiries related to registration or parking for this event to erehley@sandiego.edu

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Erin Rehley
(619) 260-4097


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