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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Pete Wright, Esq.
Savannah, GA
Thursday, March 17, 2022

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

The program will be held at:

The Armstrong Center Auditorium
Georgia Southern University

13040 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419

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.


8:00-9:00 Registration
  • IDEA History, Book Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
  • Ethics: GA Rule 1.2 v 1.4: Client is child or parent? Independence from
  • Review of "A Lawyer's Creed and the Aspirational Statement on Professionalism"
10:30-10:45 Break
  • Section 1412 ESY, Child Find, LRE, Private Placements
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent, Determining progress v. regression using Bar Graphs
12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Ethics: GA Rules 3.1-3.4: Meritorious claims, expediting litigation resolution, candor and fairness toward the ALJ, opposing party and counsel.
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, ESSA, OCR, USDOJ
  • Episodic Conditions, Allergies, Epilepsy, etc.
  • Recent Cases + OCR and USDOJ
  • Common Issues: Developing the Master Plan, Knowing the Rules of the Game, Recognozing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles, Crisis, Emergency, Help and the Organization of the Child's File



Tactics and Strategies

  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Private Evaluations
  • Paper Trails
  • The Letter to the Stranger
  • 5W's + H + E
  • Preparation for Meetings
  • Meeting Strategies
3:45-4:00 Professionalism: Avoid frivolous claims, reduce emotional responses, increase civility, avoid delays and seek agreements on procedural issues.
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee

The 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 on the morning of the conference. At the conclusion of the program, Wrightslaw will provide each attendee with the three books as PDF E-books. These three print and pdf books retail for $103.70.

Click here to register online.

Download the flyer/registration form.

Credits: 6.0 CLEs (continuing legal education) (includes 0.5 Ethics and 0.5 Professionalism) through the State Bar of Georgia have been approved, course # 299884. 25% off for attorneys who completes the GLSP Volunteer Pledge Form. 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) through Georgia Southern University have been approved.

Group Seating: Reserved preferential seating for groups is provided upon request by email. Provide the groups name and number of members in the group.

Special Needs Accomodations: Email akellyneal777 |at| gmail.com no later than March 7, 2022.

Questions? Contact A. Kelly Neal, Esq. by email at akellyneal777 |at| gmail.com or (new #) call/text (478) 731-6779.

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Click here for a map and directions to The Armstrong Center. As you drive East on Abercorn Street, go past Walmart, cross Apache Ave, and you will see the parking lot and Center on your right. Once inside, the Auditorium is in front of you on the ground floor.


The Armstrong Center has free parking.


Savannah Hilton International Airport
(approximately 19 miles to venue)

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