Special Education Law

A significant part of the firm's practice involves special education representation of our school district clients. Our approach is to create practical solutions to the many complex legal issues faced by special education administrators. Our services include providing legal counsel and guidance during all stages of the special education process, including brainstorming with special education administrators prior to CSE meetings regarding classification, placement and related services issues; review prior written notice in contested matters before they are sent to parents; attendance at CSE and CPSE meetings when parents are represented; attendance at resolution sessions; defense of districts' positions at impartial hearings, and in appeals to the Office of State Review, and state and federal courts. In addition, we provide extensive staff development to both regular education and special education staff to assist them in developing defensible IEPs. We believe this is a very effective way to help districts avoid situations which frequently lead to costly and time-consuming special education litigation, and at the same time, provide students with the special education services to which they are entitled.


Special Education Counsel Services


We provide special education counsel to districts where we are not general or labor counsel. As special counsel, we can offer our full array of special education legal services including Bulletproof IEP and 504 training for staff, attendance at CSE and 504 meetings, brainstorming with special education directors about potentially difficult or contentious cases, attendance at manifestation determination meetings, and representation at impartial hearings and appeals.

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  • UPCOMING EVENTS
  • RESIDENCE INN PLAINVIEW, 9 GERHARD ROAD, PLAINVIEW, NY 11803

    Friday, October 19, 2018


    Jack Feldman will conduct a full-day seminar on "Developing a Bulletproof IEP." The program will cover IDEA and its regulations, as well as the New York State Regulations. It is important for those working in special education to keep up to date with procedures for conducting a CSE meeting and developing a defensible, bulletproof IEP. This seminar aims to provide a comprehensive, one-day approach to the impact of IDEA on New York Special Education Law, for those working within the education system. Administrators, board members, regular and special educators, related service providers, counselors, psychologists, and social workers will find this seminar invaluable and are encouraged to attend. The seminar is sponsored by PESI. The seminar will also cover discipline for students with disabilities, including a discussion about the standards to be applied in manifestation determinations and when and why FBAs should be conducted and BIPs developed and reviewed. The seminar will also cover initial referrals, evaluations, medical diagnoses, classification and more. For additional information visit www.PESI.com.

  • October 26, 2018

    Christie Jacobson, Esq., will present at the New York State School Boards Association Annual School Law Conference held on October 25-27, 2018. Ms. Jacobson will present on the topic of “Student Residency, Undocumented Students and Homelessness.” The audience for this presentation will be school board members, school administrators and school attorneys from throughout the State of New York. . For additional information visit WWW.NYSSBA.ORG.

  • October 26, 2018

    Jacob Feldman, Esq., will present at the New York State School Boards Association Annual School Law Conference held on October 25-27, 2018. Mr. Feldman will present on the topic of “Special Education - An Ever Changing Landscape.” The audience for this presentation will be school board members, school administrators and school attorneys from throughout the State of New York. For additional information visit WWW.NYSSBA.ORG.


  • RECENT EVENTS
  • June 15, 2018

    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq., and Timothy M. Mahoney, Esq., presented “Applying Special Education Law to Everyday Issues” on June 15, 2018, the second day of a two-day event, for the National Business Institute. Mr. Feldman presented on preparing for and testifying at due process hearings. Mr. Mahoney presented on prior written notices, behavioral issues, and student discipline. The workshop was held at the Four Points by Sheraton Plainview, 333 South Service Road, Plainview, NY 11803. For further information please visit www.nbi-sems.com.



  • Christie Jacobson, Esq., to Present at Annual Law Conference

    June 1, 2018

    Christie Jacobson, Esq., presented at the New York State Association of School Attorneys 18th Annual School Attorney Law Conference, held on June 1-3, 2018. Ms. Jacobson presented on the topic of “Student Enrollment: Practical and Legal Challenges Involved in Verifying Resident Students.” The audience for this presentation were school attorneys from throughout the State of New York.



  • Christie Jacobson, Esq., to Present on Free Speech Rights

    March 27, 2018

    Christie Jacobson, Esq., recently presented “The Contours of Student Free Speech Rights” on March 27, 2018 at the New York State School Boards Association’s 2018 Policy Workshop. The workshop was held at the Holiday Inn Plainview, 215 Sunnyside Boulevard, Plainview, NY 11803. For further information please visit www.nyssba.org.



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    Friday, January 19, 2018

    • Special Education Presentation
    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq.



  • LIASEA Conference

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    The Impact on IEP Development of the Supreme Court Decision in Endrew F. and the Second Circuit Decision in T.K.
    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq. For more information visit www.liasea.org.



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