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Upcoming Sessions:

A live Host Site training will be held at:

Lehigh Valley Academy

(Open Registration - All Schools Welcome) 

1650 Valley Center Parkway

High School Library

Bethlehem, PA 18017

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
$199 per attendee
  • $175/person - earlybird rate (EXTENDED!!  Available through Tuesday, 5/22)
  • $150/person for groups of 4 or 5
  • $135/person for groups of 6-10
  • $125/person for groups of 10 or more
  Interested in hosting this session at your school?  

Program Description:

Litigation is a powerful teaching tool. In addition to providing information about how hearing officers and the courts interpret Section 504 and IDEA, special education caselaw can also reveal trends in issues being litigated, areas where schools are particularly liability-prone, and practices that schools could have implemented that would likely have mitigated or eliminated the liability. This session is designed to identify litigation trends, provide information about common legal issues, and help special educators and special education administrators learn from these examples. This full-day special education law training is designed to both discuss the lessons to be learned from caselaw and provide practical, common-sense tips and tools for avoiding liability.

This session will be broken down into 5 categories of special education liability:

  • Child Find,

  • Evaluations and Eligibility,

  • Placement and Programming,

  • Section 504 Accommodations, and

  • Behavior and Discipline

With each topic,we will identify common liability issues and discuss practical, effective solutions to help schools avoid them.



About the Presenter:

Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., Executive Director of EdLaw Interactive ( and practicing school law attorney with the PA-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp, is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics. She provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations. She specializes in school policy and procedure legal defensibility audits as well as trending legal issues regarding school technology, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and a variety of other school law topics. A former high school English teacher who served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel, Atty. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for the past 5 years. She currently services as the President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association, and she has been nominated serve on the Board of Directors of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys (COSA).  She is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for the National School Boards Association (NSBA), NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA), the Education Law Association (ELA), and the National Business Institute (NBI).


Event FAQs

Are group discounts available?

Yes. Group discounts are available. To be eligible, groups must register at one time and select the appropriate group ticketing option, based upon the size of the group. Group discounts cannot be applied retroactively. The following rate schedule applies to groups:

  • Groups of 4 or 5 - $150 per person

  • Groups of 6 - 10 - $135 per person

  • Groups of 10 or more - $110 per person


Is pre-registration required, or are walk-ins welcome?

Pre-registration online is required. We will not be accepting walk-ins on the date of the event.


Am I required to pre-pay at the time of registration, or are other payment options available?

Payment in full must be made online during the registration process. We currently are unable to accept physical checks, purchase orders, or other forms of payment.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at


What's the refund policy?

All live event sales are final, and no refunds will be given. However, despite the fact that we are lawyers, we are not totally coldhearted. (We're the good ones, I promise!) We understand that, in schools, emergencies and unforseen events occur often. In the event that you are unable to attend an event for which you are registered, you have some options. You may transfer your ticket to another individual (just make sure they bring a copy of the ticket with them - see below) for no additional charge, or take advantage of the "transfer" option in your electronic confirmation page (see paragraphs below for more details) to transfer your attendance to a future event, subject to availability.


Can I transfer my registration to another event?

Absolutely! We know that circumstances that may arise that prevent school personnel from being able to attend a training. If you discover you are not able to attend a training, you can take advantage of the electronic "transfer" option available once you fully register for any training. Registrants can transfer to any other open (public) event for a $20 administrative fee plus any cost difference for the registration. The general registration rate will apply to all transfer sessions. Earlybird and other discounted rates are not available for transfers. Transfers may only be available prior to the start of the training for which the individual is already registered. The option to transfer may not be available once the training for which the participant had originally registered is completed. All transfer options are subject to availability, and specific topics for transfer trainings cannot be guaranteed. (But don't worry - they're all pretty good!)


Can I transfer my registration for a live event to a webinar and vice-versa?

Yes. As long as an event is open to the public (i.e., registration is available on the, registrants can switch between events. A $20 registration transfer fee will apply. (This fee is waived when transferring from a live training to a webinar.)


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Not unless you are taking the place of someone else (see question below). For individuals who registered under their own name, a photo ID or other form of identification is sufficient. Individuals who are attending under someone else's registration information will need to bring the original ticket, so that we can verify the transfer.


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable to another person?

Absolutely. Just make sure the person to whom you are transferring the ticket brings the actual ticket to the event to verify the transfer. No problem!

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. We understand that circumstances may arise that require you to send a proxy. Not a problem. If you think someone has stolen your ticket and will try to use it at the event that you will actually be attending, definitely let them.  (But let us know first by contacting!) Nothing livens up a legal seminar like catching an electronic ticket thief red-handed. It truly is the perfect ice breaker.

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