Speakers: Hope Kirsch, Esq. and Lori Kirsh-Goodwin, Esq.
Lori has been a litigation/trial attorney for over 30 years and has first chaired over 35 jury trials. She obtained her B.A. at Syracuse University and her law degree at the University of Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac University). Lori entered the special education arena over 16 years ago when one of her twin boys was evaluated for special education and related services, and has been advocating for and representing other families since. She is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney by peers and judges, representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
Hope is a licensed special education teacher and 25-year litigation attorney. For over 15 years, she has represented students and their families throughout Arizona in all school related matters, from IEP advocacy to Due Process, appeals, 504s and OCR complaints, bullying, restraint and seclusion and personal injury. Hope was a special education teacher and special education coordinator for 18 years before embarking on a career in law. She earned a B.S. from Boston University in Special Education in 1975, an M.A. in Special Education from NYU in 1977, and obtained her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Hope is AV® Preeminent™ rated (5.0 out of 5.0) by her peers and judges for the highest level of ethics and professional excellence.
Topics will include an overview of special education laws including recent case law and key topics such as discipline, bullying, and dispute resolution. Attorneys will receive 6.5 CLEs (including 1 ethics hour) and teachers will receive .65 CEUs (approval pending).
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