ABC’s of Special Ed Law
Date: Aug 4, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Mariann Crincoli, Esq
- Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler, Cranburyis a Partner in Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler in Cranbury and Paramus, New Jersey, and has worked in both law firm and in in-house settings for the last 28 years. She has devoted her practice to education law matters and has represented public school districts, charter schools and parents of children with special needs. Ms. Crincoli has counseled clients in special education; student discipline; harassment, intimidation and bullying; constitutional issues; residency; employment and personnel matters; and contract matters; and for the past several years has dedicated her practice to the representation of families with special needs children and those involved in bullying matters. She previously represented mentally incapacitated persons as well as premier hospital systems in guardianship matters.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ms. Crincoli is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She frequently lectures to parent groups, lawyers and professionals on special education and bullying matters; has authored articles on special education, bullying and residential placements; and is the recipient of several honors.
Ms. Crincoli received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Seton Hall University and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.
- Hillary Freeman, Esq.
- Freeman Law Offices, LLC, Princetonis a founding Partner of Freeman Law Offices, LLC in Princeton, New Jersey. In her practice she represents clients with disabilities and their families. She has experience representing clients in special education and Section 504 issues, higher education issues including accommodations on high stakes testing, and graduate school admissions tests, guardianship matters, estate planning and adult services.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ms. Freeman is a member of the Council of Parent and Attorney Advocates ("COPAA"), Past Vice President of the Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey and a member of the Executive Board of ASCEND: Asperger & Autism Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. She is a former member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey and the Human Rights Committee of Quest Autism Programs. Ms. Freeman is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section, the International Dyslexia Association and COSAC/Autism New Jersey. She was the recipient of the Robin Sims Trailblazer Award in 2015 and several other honors, and has lectured for professional organizations.
Ms. Freeman received her B.S. from Ithaca College and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law.
- Andrew I. Meltzer, Esq.
- Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler, Princetonis an associate with Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler in Cranbury, New Jersey, where he focuses his practice in special education law and helps special needs students achieve success in school and life.
Mr. Meltzer is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. While clerking in the Education Section of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, he built up a working knowledge of the special education legal framework and the practices at the Office of Administrative Law. He also prosecuted nearly twenty trials as a Certified Legal Intern for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Meltzer received his B.A. from the University of Delaware and his J.D. from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law.
- Shifra Tarica
- Methfessel & Werbel
- Mark Gerald Toscano, Esq.
- Comegno Law Group P.C., Moorestown
Special education law is a growing and ever-changing area of law - not only in New Jersey, but throughout the country. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that is binding on states and gives children with disabilities who qualify the right to specialized education and related services. School districts have an obligation to identify children who are suspected of having a disability and who may qualify for special education programs. Eligible children have the right to a free and appropriate public education.
This program features some of the state’s most knowledgeable school board and child/parent special education law attorneys. They have designed a content packed agenda to guide you through the special education law matters you may be handling, and to provide you with the confidence you need to handle whatever comes your way.
With this program, gain the best information available to set you on your way to handling special education law cases.
Learn everything you need to handle most basic special education law matters in your practice and get the best results for your clients, including:
• The law governing special education
- The players and the language – i.e., Child study team, IEP (Individualized Education
Program) team, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), LRE (least restrictive environment)
• The referral process
- Who has the right to make a referral?
- Timelines and school district obligations
- Role of treating providers
- Purpose/Child Find
- Evaluation Planning
- School district evaluations
- Independent evaluations
- Private evaluations
• Eligibility and Programming
- The 3-prong test
- Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
- Challenging school district actions (due process hearings, mediation, OAL)
• Attorney’s fees
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