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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Pete Wright, Esq.

Decatur, GA
(:15 minutes from downtown ATL)
(Half-hour from ATL airport)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by A. Kelly Neal, Esq. and the Georgia Legal Services Program. This is a fundraiser and community event for the benefit of Georgia Legal Services Program.

The program will be "live" for in-person attendees and also "simulcast" with Zoom video.

The program will be held at:

Grand Royale Events Center
4473 Covington Highway
Decatur, GA 30035

Program Description

One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy
Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.

Agenda - Additional topics will be added for ethics and professionalism compliance.

8:00-9:00 Registration
  • IDEA History, Book Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
  • Section 1412 ESY, Child Find, LRE, Private Placements
  • Understanding Test Data with the Bell Curve
12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, ESSA, OCR, USDOJ
  • Legal Research - how to find cases
  • Endrew F. + Fry SCOTUS and other recent cases
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 From Emotions to Advocacy
  • Developing the Master Plan
  • Knowing the Rules of the Game
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the File
  • Tactics and Strategies
  • The Letter to the Stranger
  • 5 Ws + H + E
  • Meeting Strategies
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee
Professional (includes CLEs and CEUs)

Conference fee includes lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen, three Wrightslaw books - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Ed., Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Ed., and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs provided the morning of the conference and then, within a week after the program, Wrightslaw will email those three books to each attendee in the adobe.pdf format. The three print and pdf books retail for $103.70. Note: No morning refreshments are provided but restaurants/coffee shops are within walking distance of the venue.

Click here to register online. Registration ends March 24, 2021.

Download the conference flyer.

Credits: For the attorneys, 6.0 CLEs (continuing legal education) credits through the State Bar of Georgia have been approved. This includes 0.5 Ethics and 0.5 in Professionalism hours. For the educators, 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) through Delta State University have been approved.

Scholarships: No scholarships are available. ** VIP admission is available to Attorneys with: Parent to Parent of Georgia; Atlanta Legal Aid Society: TeamChild Atlanta; Georgia Legal Services Program; Probono Project of the State Bar of Georgia; Georgia Advocacy Office; Georgia Legal Services Special Education Clinic; and the Barton Child Law and Policy Center.

Special Needs Accommodations: Contact A. Kelly Neal, Esq. no later than February 14, 2021 by email akellyneal777 |at| gmail.com.

Refund Policy: Refunds up to 1 day before event. Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Questions? Contact A. Kelly Neal, Esq. by calling/text at 478-731-6779 by fax 478-751-6581 or email akellyneal777 |at| gmail.com.

Wrightslaw programs often fill up early - don't miss out!

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Click here for a map and directions to the Grand Royale Events Center.


Parking is free at the venue.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
(approximately 22 minutes to venue)


Marta Kensington Station at 3350 Kensington Road is 3 miles from the venue.

Click here for a list of local hotels.

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