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"Surviving Due Process" Wins Award of Excellence


January 9, 2005. Surviving Due Process: When Parents and the School Board Disagree - Stephen Jeffers v. School Board won an 'Award of Excellence' from the 2004 Aegis Awards.

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board was directed and filmed by V.A.V.S. Video Productions, a team of specialists in producing educational video programs.

"We enjoy creating educational media, documentaries and training materials on issues that need more public awareness. We devote ourselves to topics about the legal and educational issues surrounding people who have disabilities," says John Nelson of V.A.V.S. Video Productions.

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board takes you through a special education due process hearing, from initial preparations to testimony by the final witness. The film is based on a case about a young child with autism. With different evidence and witnesses, this could easily be a case about a child with a different disability or a different legal issue. The cast includes:
   * Darrel Tillar Mason, Esq., former hearing officer and member of the Virginia Board       of Education
   * Kathleen S. Mehfoud, Esq., nationally-known school board attorney
   * Pete Wright, Esq., parent attorney

The Aegis Awards were founded over a decade ago by an independent group of directors and producers that had grown skeptical of competitions judged by people who had little or no experience doing the creative work that they were judging.

The group agreed that the opinions that matter are those of their peers. That's how the Academy Awards are judged. They decided that was how the Aegis Awards would be judged.

Each year a handful of judges are carefully selected from the ranks of previous Aegis winners to represent a wide range of industry occupations. Last year's judges included two producers, three directors, a cameraman, two writers, a music composer/editor, a news director, and others. Judges include freelancers, production company staff, and in-house corporate video staff. Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board is published by Harbor House Law Press and The Virginia Legal Advocacy Center.

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