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
  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    Hofstra University
    Hempstead, New York

    We are proud to announce that our partner Christie R. Jacobson will be honored as one of Hofstra University’s Outstanding Women in Law at an awards dinner reception on Monday April 22,2019. This recognition celebrates women who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community. For more information please visit www.law.hofstra.edu/owl.

  • June 3, 2019
    Four Points by Sheraton Melville Long Island
    333 S Service Road
    Plainview, NY 11803

    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq. and Timothy M. Mahoney, Esq., will present a seminar on “New York Special Education Law”. The program will cover compliance with Special Education Laws to avoid liability; Strengthen your knowledge of how recent special education legislation affects school policies and operation; Learn what to do and what not to do in 504 plans; Evaluate the legal protection offered by the Individualized Education Program (IEP); Successfully handle disciplinary actions for students with disabilities; Explore the role of manifestation determination reviewing the legality of disciplinary actions; and Understanding the rights of special needs students so you can avoid inadvertent illegal actions that may lead to a lawsuit. For further information please visit www.nbi-sems.com.

  • October 25, 2019
    Rochester Riverside Convention Center
    123 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604

    Christie Jacobson, Esq., will present at the New York State School Boards Association Annual School Law Conference held on October 24-26, 2019. Ms. Jacobson will present on the topic of “Free Speech in the Era of Social Media.” 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
  • Friday, December 7, 2018

    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq., presented a seminar on “Special Education”.
    Christie Jacobson, Esq., presented a seminar on “The Non-Resident "Resident" Student”.
    Joseph Lilly, Esq., presented a seminar on “Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace”.
    Laura Dilimetin, Esq., presented a seminar on “School Safety”.
    For additional information visit www.nassaubar.org..


  • Friday, October 19, 2018

    Jack Feldman conducted a full-day seminar on "Developing a Bulletproof IEP." The program covered 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 provides 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 find this seminar invaluable. The seminar is sponsored by PESI. The seminar also covers 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 also covers initial referrals, evaluations, medical diagnoses, classification and more. For additional information visit www.PESI.com.


  • Friday, October 26, 2018

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


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



  • 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.



  • Legal 1

    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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