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Conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates
When & Where: The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), a national organization of parents of special education students and their advocates and lawyers, will hold their annual conference at the Sheraton Midtown Atlanta Hotel at Colony Square in Atlanta from March 10-13, 2005.
Who: The COPAA conference will be of most interest to parents, advocates and attorneys who represent special education students. Registration is NOT open to anyone who is employed by, or receives more than 50% of his/her income from, state, local, or intermediate education agencies, or, in the case of an attorney, who represents or has represented such an agency within the past five years.
This conference provides unique opportunities for training and
networking with the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys
and advocates on special education issues. Participants will learn
about the most recent cases, legislative changes, and the latest
disability specific educational interventions from experienced
attorneys, advocates and parents.
Pre-Conference Skills Training: Thursday, March 10 & Friday, March 11, 2005
pre-conference skills trainings will be held over two days with
a mixture of large group lecture and small group practice sessions.
These training programs are:
On Saturday, March 12, the conference opens with a General Session by Matt Cohen, Esq. who will provide an Overview of IDEA 2004. There will be 18 special education law and advocacy sessions (6 sessions held simultaneously in 3 blocks of time). The day closes with the Annual Case Law Review and optional entertainment activities. Saturday Sessions.
March 13, the day begins with a General Session, followed
by 11 special education law and advocacy sessions (5 or 6 sessions
held simultaneously in 2 blocks of time). The conference will
end at 12:15 pm. Sunday
There will be Roundtable Discussions from 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm.
Speakers & Skills Trainers
Speakers and trainers include Selene Almazan, Barbara Bateman, Jill Bender, Ed Burke, Jessica Butler, Matt Cohen, W. Alan Coulter, Anne Eason, Barbara Ebenstein, Melissa Farrell, Wayne Fisher.
Also, Charlen Gamble, Andrew & Carolyn Gammicchia, William Goode, Naomi Grossman, Judith Gran, Frank Hickman, Elaine Holden, Beth Jones, Scott Johnson, Mark Kamleiter, Sonja Kerr, Margaret Koven, Lisa Krizman, Paul Liles, Leslie Lipson, Claudia Lowe.
Also, Kimberly Mills, Leslie Seid Margolis, Alice Nelson, Linda Karr O'Connor, Michael O'Connor, Dorene Philpot, Kimberly Pisinski, Charlotte Price, Robert Rees, Jane Reid, Stephen Rosenbaum, Jamie Ruppman.
Also, Pamella Settlegoode, Anne Marie Smith, Diane Smith, Torin Togut, Catherine Trapani, Patricia Waldman, Kathleen Whitbread, Peter Wright, Debra Wysong, Theresa Yanen, Jonathon Zimring.
Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Fees vary, depending on days attended and your COPAA membership status. Meals: Included are hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar on Friday, lunch on Saturday, and a continental breakfast on Sunday.
Online Registration l Register by Mail (14 pages in pdf)
Continuing Legal Education Credit should be available from your state for almost all sessions.
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The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, §501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates and parents. Our primary mission is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities.
COPAA is premised on the belief that the key to effective educational programs for children with disabilities is collaboration - as equals- by parents and educators.
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