Tuesday Evening, May 14, 2019 

6:30 to 7:00 pm - Networking/Refreshments

7:00 to 9:30 pm - Presentation

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Hampton Inn Boston/Natick 
319 Speen Street
Natick, MA 01760

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Member $40 early/$50 after May 10th

Non-Member $60 early/ $70 after May 10th

Early registration closes on May 10th. Walk-in registrations are welcomed, please email for availability.  


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Administrative Coordinator 
Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. 
(508) 655-7999 

Annual Same Side of the Table

At this year’s forum, BSEA Director, Reece Erlichman will moderate a panel of Hearing Officers, Advocates and SPED Administrators, to present and analyze their approachs to Hearings, through case reviews. Panelists will highlight successful strategies for staying student-focused through the framework of IDEA. Participants will share, compare and discuss ways to ensure that our different roles don’t make for different goals. 

We've discovered that having representatives from all corners in one room can be a pebble in the pond for improving communication and staying student-focused. SPaN's Annual Same Side of the Table forum is open to anyone involved in the Special Education process – Advocates, Attorneys, Administrators, Educators, Clinicians and Parents. 

Networking and refreshments - 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Presentation - 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Attend in person at the Hampton Inn, Natick

Attention current Members: please follow this link to sign up for this workshop.

Member-Event Registration 

(current member has paid an annual fee of $75 or more in the past 12 months)

Moderator and Panelist:

Reece Erlichman is the Director of the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA), within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Administrative Law Appeals. After a brief period in private practice, Ms. Erlichman began her long tenure with the BSEA, serving in a variety of capacities, including Mediator, Hearing Officer (a position she held for over twenty years), and Assistant Director. She interrupted her service at the BSEA for a period of two years (2000-2002) to serve as Senior Program Director for Special Education Litigation for the Boston Public Schools. Ms. Erlichman lectures frequently on topics in special education law and BSEA practice/procedure for both legal and lay audiences. Ms. Erlichman received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1974.
Sara Berman, Esq is a Hearing Officer with the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals. She has held this position since 2001. Prior experience includes: Staff Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services; Summer Counsel, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau; Staff Attorney, Disability Law Center, Inc.; Attorney in Private Practice; Hearing Officer, MA Labor Relations Commission. Ms Berman received her J.D. fro Boson University School of Law in 1976 and her B.A. from the

University of Wisconsin in 1972.

Lyndsay Byrne, Esq., has been a Hearing Officer at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals since 1984.  Prior to becoming a Hearing Officer, she was a Law Clerk in District of Columbia Courts and an Attoreny for Western Massachusetts Legal Services. She received her J.D. from Antioch School of Law in 1982 and her B.A. from Wellesley College in 1977.