2021 Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS)

2021 Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS)

Date and Time

  • Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Thank you for your interest in USD School of Law Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS). In accordance with the University of San Diego guidelines, the law school will be closed for in-person events to non-USD students and personnel through Spring 2021 for health and safety reasons during the pandemic.

The 2021 SELAS program will be held virtually via Zoom. The zoom link(s) will be sent the week of the event to the email provided at registration.

With a goal of providing important and useful information on special education law and practice, the University of San Diego School of Law offers its Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS). This specialized program not only educates participants about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and other related laws, to include an in-depth look at regional center services, but also offers practical tips for 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.

The series includes six seminars, which may be taken individually or as a complete program. The seminars are taught by experienced special education attorneys as well as a licensed clinical psychologist. No textbook is required and each seminar includes electronic 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. There is a $500 fee for the course; the fee for participants wishing MCLE credit (available for attorneys and paralegals) is $600. The cost for each individual session is $100. 

  • Sat., Feb. 27     Seminar 1: Intro to Disability/COVID-19/Regional Center Services
  • Sat.,  March 6   Seminar 2: Intro to Law & Education/Eligibility, Entry & Assessments
  • Sat., March 13   Seminar 3: IEP Process & Compliance
  • Sat., March 20   Seminar 4: Early Intervention & IDEA Dispute Resolution
  • Sat., March 27   Seminar 5: Student Behavior & Discipline; Assessments
  • Sat., April 3      Seminar 6: Compliance & Adult Transition

Registration Information

Each of the six, six-hour-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) $500        
Full Series with MCLE (six seminars) $600
Individual Seminars (cost per seminar)            $100        
USD Law Student & USD Employees FREE

** Non Profit / Government employees receive a discount of 25%. Please email usdlawevent@sandiego.edu for further information.

  • Schedule

    Saturday, 02/27/21


    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Dr. Moisés Barón

    1a. 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

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Margaret A. Dalton, Esq.

    3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Wendy Dumlao, Esq.


    1b.  Impact of COVID-19 on Students with Disabilities

    • Federal Rules and Regulations/State Rules
    • Case Law

    1c. Regional Center Services & Collaboration with Other Agency Services

    • In-depth look at Regional Center eligibility & services
    • Other agency services: IHSS; SSI; DOR
    • Income requirements for some public services
    • Coordination of all services with school district services

    Saturday, 03/06/21


    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Margaret (Mimi) Adams, Esq.

    2a. 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

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Matthew Storey, Esq.

    2b.  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

    Saturday, 03/13/21


    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

    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 members
    • Recording
    • Consent, partial consent, and disagreement
    • Records requests

    Saturday, 03/20/21


    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Wendy Dumlao, Esq.

    4a. 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

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Jennifer Varga, 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 for assessment (district remedy)
      • Order that school district’s offer is FAPE (district remedy)
      • Order of Stay Put (parent or district remedy)

    Saturday, 03/27/21


    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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


    5a. Student Behavior and Discipline

    • Behavior Issues and the IDEA
    • Suspensions
    • Expulsions
    • Manifestation Determinations
      • Requirements
      • Honig Injunction
      • Stay Put

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Margaret (Mimi) Adams, Esq.

    5b. 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

    Saturday, 04/03/21


    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Jazmine Gelfand, Esq.

    6a. IEP Implementation 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 on goals and report cards

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Summer Stech, Esq.

    6b. Adult Transistion

    • 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
  • MCLE


    • The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar 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. 
  • Questions?

    Please send all inquiries related to registration for this event to usdlawevent@sandiego.edu

    Please direct programming questions to Wendy Dumlao (wdumlao@gmail.com)

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