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William & Mary Law School

2018 Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA)

Graduates l Agenda l Slideshow

The 2018 Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) at William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA, July 29 - August 3, 2018 provided training in special education advocacy for experienced advocates, law students, new attorneys, and attorneys who are new to special education law.

ISEA 2018 also provide an Advanced Advocacy track for returning alumni who wanted to receive the William and Mary Law School Certificate in Special Education Advocacy.

ISEA is a five-day training program hosted by the William & Mary School of Law and co-sponsored by the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic, and Wrightslaw.

*** ISEA 2019 scheduled for July 28 - August 2, 2019 ***
Applications will be considered on rolling basis bi-monthly, from February 1, 2019-June 30, 2019

ISEA 2018 Agenda

The Institute opened Sunday evening, July 29, 2018, with the Orientation and Registration session and a wine and dessert Welcome Reception at the Law School.

The program included 25 sessions on applicable laws, ethics, best practices in advocacy, strategies in working with parents and schools, and dispute resolution procedures, taught by national leaders in the field. This training was approved for CLEs (continuing legal education, includes ethics) credits and CEUs (continuing education units).

  • History and Relevant Law
  • Ethics for Attorneys and Advocates (CLE credit)
  • Caselaw Review
  • Lives Worth Living (film)
  • Bartlett v. NY Board of Law Examiners: ADA and High Stakes Testing
  • Understanding Learning Disabilities
  • Neuropsychological Evaluations
  • Understanding Test Psychometrics and Scores
  • Alternatives to IDEA
  • Eligibility
  • Introduction to Legal Research
  • Juvenile Justice / Questioning
  • Preparing a Case for Trial/Due Process
  • Drafting Due Process Claims/State Complaints
  • Dispute Resolution and State Complaints
  • Mistakes Parties Make in Due Process
  • Behavioral Issues at School
  • Evidence Strategies Panel by Attorneys
  • Advanced Advocacy Strategies and Tactics
  • School Discipline and Bullying
  • Nuts and Bolts of Law/Advocacy Practice
  • Transition Planning
  • Section 504, ADA
  • Legal Developments in 2017
  • Legal Claims and Remedies
  • Using IDEA's Fee-Shifting Provision to Serve Low-Income Families
  • Advocate's Concerns
  • Working with a Diverse Client Base

Attendees were selected via an application process. Attendees received over $200.00 in texts, comprehensive course materials, resource materials, and multimedia training required for completing pre-assignments. Law students earned two graded credits for this course. 

ISEA 2018 Faculty

Marilyn Bartlett
Marilyn Bartlett, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Educational Law and Policy at Texas A&M University in Kingsville and Special Education Advocate. Dr. Bartlett, a person who has dyslexia, is a graduate of ISEA 2012. She is an active member of the national AHEAD (Association of Higher Education and Disabilities) and of AERA (Ed Admin SIG and the Law SIG). She is an active member of the Educational Law Association (Membership Committee) and she is the Academic Advisor to the Chi Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at TAMUK. Dr. Bartlett is an advocate for students with special needs and their parents in the ManaSota schools in Florida. Dr. Bartlett is well published and presents locally, nationally and internationally on topics of educational law including IDEIA, ADA-AA, and Section 504 as well as bullying in the schools, The McKinney-Vento Act (homeless children’s education) and the rights of LGBTQ students. As the former plaintiff, she enjoys sharing her story about her 10 year battle with the New York Board of Law Examiners as she sought accommodations to take the NY Bar Exam.

Judge Stacey Bawtinhimer Judge Stacey Bawtinhimer. Prior to her appointment as an Administrative Law Judge on August 1, 2016, Judge Stacey Bawtinhimer practiced law for 26 years, 20 of which focused on special education law. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of William and Mary and her Juris Doctorate Degree from the Georgia State University College of Law. She is a member of the Alaska, Georgia, and North Carolina State Bars; the Supreme Courts of Georgia and North Carolina; all federal district courts in North Carolina; the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; and the United States Supreme Court. As a practitioner, she filed and/or participated “as counsel” in over 100 due process cases filed in the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings (“OAH”). In addition, she appealed special education cases to federal court and to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. As an Administrative Law Judge she has presided over 70 special education contested cases with over 900 hours of hearings. She has made presentations on the topic of special education law for the NC Bar Association; NC Department of Public Instruction; Duke Law School, UNC-Chapel Hill Law School Festival of Lights, Wake Forest University Law School, Legal Aid of NC, and Campbell University College of Education. When not at OAH in Raleigh, Judge Bawtinhimer resides in Ayden, North Carolina with her husband, Gary. She has three grown children and two grandchildren. Judge Bawtinhimer (aka Judge “B”) is a certified bee keeper and honey producer in her spare time.

Max Cassady, EsquireMax Cassady is the son of Lomax Cassady, who was born into severe poverty in rural Alabama and failed three grades in elementary school before graduating at the age of 21 and becoming the first person in his family to attend college. He taught Max to never make fun of another person's clothes. Max's mother was a public and private school teacher who was underpaid her entire life. He observed her work nights to obtain a scholarship for a young black female student to Oberlin College, fight for grants for her math team, which regularly beat the elite private schools, and otherwise constantly decry what she perceived to be rampant, relentless injustice. Max attended a predominantly black high school in Alabama and observed poverty to be an equal opportunity destroyer of potential. He discovered a love of reading in the 10th grade when his English teacher, Janet Cumbee, assigned The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Max attended law school at the University of Alabama where he was certain that he would fail, but he did not. He clerked for a federal judge for two years, then worked for a glass box law firm for a short period of time before starting his own practice in 1995. Max has represented low income people since 1995. He has never charged a poor person a consultation fee, but he has asked for a pecan pie when offered a consultation fee. His accomplishments include a national record Fair Housing Settlement in 1996 which he achieved by listening to a woman who seemed to be crazy yet accurate and truthful, then bringing in other lawyers more talented than himself to figure out how to skin the cat. He sued payday loan companies for stealing disability money from low income mothers. Max has handled two death penalty cases resulting in pleas, respectively, to (1) theft of property; and (2) time served in the county jail. He wakes up every day and wonders why he cannot manage time and email better. He believes that the United States is much, much stronger than the worst public officials it ever elected, and there have been many regrettable ones, and, regrettably, there will be many more. Max is married to Utopia Cassady, a former medical social worker and a lawyer since 2001. Max handled his first IDEA cases in the late 1990s. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer (NBLSC).

Roseann Duplan, AdvocateRoseann Duplan is a Legal Advocate for the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. The center is the federally funded protection and advocacy system (P&A) in Oklahoma. RoseAnn is the mother of three children, including a son who has multiple disabilities. She has over twenty years of advocacy experience which includes both individual and systemic advocacy. RoseAnn is a 2001 graduate of the Oklahoma Partners in Policymaking Program and has been an instructor with the program since 2011. She is the 2016 winner of the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Diana McCalment Award for Outstanding Advocacy.

Harry Gewanter, MDDr. Harry Gewanter is a Richmond, Virginia pediatrician and pediatric rheumatologist and a cofounder and Medical Director of Medial Home Plus, Inc., a nonprofit agency that provides information, support and resource coordination to families of children with special health care needs and the professionals that serve them. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Arthritis Foundation and other organizations, nationally, regionally and locally, and serves on the board of the Disability Law Center of Virginia Foundation among others. Dr. Gewanter is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the VCU School of Medicine and the recipient of a variety of awards for his leadership and advocacy activities. The father of 4 children, 3 of who had IEPs, his passion for improving the lives of all children and youth with special health care needs and their families is driven by his personal and professional experiences.

Pat Howey, Advocate Pat Howey has four children, eight grandchildren, and ten great- grandchildren. Several of her children, grandchildren, and one great-grandchild have a variety of disabilities. Pat has a specific learning disability. Pat has been involved in special education advocacy since 1985. She advocates for families who have children with disabilities, specializes in dispute resolution, and works as a paralegal on a contract basis with several parent attorneys. Pat has represented parents in Individualized Education Plan Meetings, Resolution Meetings, Mediation, due process hearings, and has prepared cases for due process hearing and federal court for parent attorneys.

In 2008, Pat became involved in the world of adult special education when her brother suffered a massive stroke. She continues to learn how to navigate the Social Security Disability, Social Security Retirement, Veterans Administration, Medicare, and Medicaid systems.

Pat is a member of the Wrightslaw Speakers Bureau, a former Commissioner of the Tippecanoe County Human Relations Commission, and a charter member and member of the first Board of Directors of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. She also served as chairperson for the advocacy group, Parents and Professionals for Special Education. Pat graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Paralegal Studies from Saint Mary of the Woods College.

Mark Kamleiter, EsquireMark Kamleiter is Board Certified in Education Law in Florida. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and the College of William & Mary (Marshall-Wythe School of Law – 1978) in Virginia with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. He has completed additional course work at the University of South Florida to earn a teaching certificate in Special Education, Varying Exceptionalities.
Mark has taught regular education (History, Geography, Government) at the middle school and high school level and for several years taught a course in Law and Politics at the University of South Florida. He taught in the Pinellas County School system for five years, teaching people with profound mental disabilities and autism and serving as a behavior specialist. Having practiced law in both Virginia and Florida, Mark has established a law firm, Special Education Law and Advocacy, in St. Petersburg where a major part of his practice represents individuals with disabilities. Mark served on the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) Board for fifteen years.

Paul Marcus, College of William and MaryPaul Marcus is the Haynes Professor of Law at the College of William and Mary. Formerly the law dean at the University of Arizona, his teaching and research interests are in the criminal justice, comparative law, and intellectual property areas. He has spoken to numerous judicial, bar and university groups in the U.S., and has lectured in several other nations. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law. Prior to going into teaching, Professor Marcus clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and practiced law in Los Angeles. He is the author of several books in the criminal justice area and has written numerous articles in the field as well. Professor Marcus regularly serves as a consultant in on-going criminal prosecutions. Professor Marcus served this past year as President of the Association of American Law Schools, an organization made up of 179 U.S. law schools.

Bill Reichhardt, Esquire William B. Reichhardt (Bill) is now retired from the full time practice of law and lives in Annapolis, Maryland. He received a B.A. from the University of Virginia (1971); a M.Ed. degree in counseling from the University of Virginia (1976) and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law (1983). He has been admitted to practice in Virginia and Maryland.

His current efforts are limited to pro-bono work in Maryland and consulting and lecturing regarding special education and school law. For over 33 years, Mr. Reichhardt litigated at the trial and all appellate levels of the Virginia State and Federal courts. He has represented parents in special education due process hearings and Federal Court appeals.

In August 2006, Mr. Reichhardt was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve on the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course Faculty where he served for six years. Bill is a co-author of the Juvenile Law and Practice Handbook published by the Virginia Law Foundation and he has lectured extensively on topics related to school discipline, the rights of children, special education, criminal defense practice i juvenile court, and the laws of child abuse and neglect. He is the 2010 recipient of the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award bestowed by the Virginia State Bar in recognition of his efforts to provide and support legal advocacy for children.

Valerie Slater, AttorneyValerie Slater is an Attorney/RISE for Youth Coalition Coordinator in the JustChildren Program at Legal Aid Justice Center. Valerie joined Legal Aid’s JustChildren Program in 2016 as a juvenile justice attorney and coordinator for the RISE for Youth Coalition. Previously, Valerie worked at Virginia’s protection and advocacy agency representing juvenile justice involved youth and youth with disabilities with issues related to special education, transition, conditions of confinement, and access to services. Valerie earned her B.A. from Colorado State University and her law degree from the University of Richmond.

Dr. Karen TysonDr. Karen Tyson is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist and the Chief Clinical Psychologist at the LD-ADHD Center of Hawaii. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and post doctoral specialty training and certification in neuropsychology. She is a nationally recognized expert in the area of learning disabilities and autism. She attended ISEA in 2015 at the William and Mary School of Law and is called on to testify in court for learning disabled students across the United States. Her clinic, the LD-ADHD Center of Hawaii has multiple offices on Oahu and also on the Big Island. She is an approved APPIC training site for graduate students pursuing their doctorate in clinical psychology and mentors and trains students across Hawaii. She specializes in learning disabilities, ADHD and Autism and conducts exhaustive neuropsychological evaluations to assist families and school in better understanding a child's strengths and deficits. She is also an active researcher; current research studies include gender differences in girls with autism as well as a reverse longitudinal study of the effects of pitocin on the brain and possible correlations with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Pam Wright from WrightslawPam Wright has a Master's Degree in both Psychology and Social Work. Since graduate school, she has worked as a psychotherapist with children and families. Her training and experience in clinical psychology and clinical social work give her a unique perspective on parent-child-school dynamics, problems, and solutions. Pam has written extensively about raising, educating and advocating for children with disabilities. She is the co-author of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law (1999), Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (2003), Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004, (2005), Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, (2005), Wrightslaw: All About IEPs (2010) and Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments (2014) and Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases - 2015, 2016. Pam is also the editor of The Special Ed Advocate newsletter. Pam and Pete Wright were Adjunct Professors of Law at the William and Mary Law School where they taught a course about special education law and advocacy and assisted with the Law School's Special Education Law Clinic. Pete and Pam are co-founders and faculty at the William and Mary Law School Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA). They are the founders of Wrightslaw, the #1 ranked website about special education law. Pam designed and built several special education advocacy sites including Wrightslaw.com, Fetaweb.com, and the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities. Pam and Pete Wright provide special education law and advocacy training for parents, advocates, attorneys, educators, and others who are working to ensure that children with disabilities received quality special education programs.

Peter W.D. Wright, Esquire Pete Wright is an attorney who represents children with special educational needs. In second grade, Pete was diagnosed with learning disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD. He was fortunate – his learning problems were identified early. His parents obtained intensive Orton-Gillingham remediation for him by Diana Hanbury King. Pete's determination to help children grew out of his own educational experiences.

Pete attended Washington, DC public schools from Kindergarten through the eleventh grade at which time he was maintaining a "D" average. He then attended Moses Brown School in Providence RI where, as a condition of entry, he repeated the eleventh grade. In his senior year, he was co-captain of the football team and was "All New England" in football and track. He then attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. While attending Randolph Macon College, Pete worked in a Juvenile Training School as a houseparent. After graduation with a degree in Psychology, he worked in another Juvenile Training School as a counselor and later became a Juvenile Probation Officer in the Juvenile Court system. In 1972, he was honored as Virginia's "Juvenile Probation Officer of the Year." During that time, Pete was also attending evening college in a graduate psychology program at Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned 30 credit hours toward a Master's Degree in Psychology. However, in 1975 Pete then shifted his focus and enol led in law school. In 1977, Pete graduated from T. C. Williams Law School at the University of Richmond. After passing the February, 1978 Bar Exam Pete became licensed to practice law in Virginia in April, 1978, is a member of the Virginia Bar in good standing and remains licensed to this date.

On October 6, 1993, Pete gave oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in Florence County School District Four v. Shannon Carter, 510 U.S. 7 (1993). Thirty-four days later, the Court issued a unanimous decision for Shannon Carter.

In 2005, while the SCOTUS, Schaffer v. Weast, special education burden of proof case was pending, the National Council on Disability (www.nce.gov) contracted with Pete Wright to prepare a "Policy Paper" for submission to the Court as a part of their role being the federal agency concerned with national issues regarding disabilities. The "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Burden of Proof: On Parents or Schools?" was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on July 25, 2005 and is located on Wrightslaw at: https://www.wrightslaw.com/ncd/wright.burdenproof.pdf.

On January 5, 2017, Pete Wright trained approximately 200 Office of Civil Rights staff attorneys and staff investigators about the interrelationship between IDEA, Section 504, and ADA.

Pete is the co- author of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law (1999), Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (2003), Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004, (2005), Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd edition (2005) and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs, Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments (2014) and the Wrightslaw Year in Review Series - Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2016, 2015. He appeared as the parent's attorney in in the award-winning DVD video, Surviving Due Process: When Parents and the School Board Disagree - Stephen Jeffers v. School Board (2004).

For three semesters, as Adjunct Faculty, Pete and Pam Wright taught "Special Education Law" at the William & Mary School of Law in order to assist with the creation of their Special Education Law Clinic (PELE). They now teach at the week-long Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) Clinic at the Law School each summer.

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