The Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities Presents

 Third Annual Special Education Law Conference & CLE

Special Education Law: The Essentials and Beyond

Monday, July 10, 2017 ~ Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Jackson, Mississippi 


MS Sports Museum Trustmark Conference Center
1152 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39216


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Registration 8:00 am                          Conference begins at 9:00 am

Monday, July 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT

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Speaker: Hope Kirsh, Esquire

Hope is an attorney at the Arizona special education law firm of Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch where she partners with her sister Lori Kirsch-Goodwin. Hope is a licensed special education teacher and 25-year litigation attorney. For over 15 years, she has represented students and their families throughout Arizona in all school related matters, from IEP advocacy to Due Process, appeals, 504s and OCR complaints, bullying, restraint and seclusion and personal injury. The firm handles disciplinary matters (suspensions, long-terms suspension, expulsions) of both special education and general education students, and in higher education as well. Hope was a special education teacher and special education coordinator for 18 years before embarking on a career in law. She worked in the New York City public schools in settings ranging from self-contained classes to special education day schools, day treatment programs and hospital programs. Throughout her career as an educator, Hope worked with students with autism, emotional disabilities and multiple disabilities. She has written hundreds of IEPs, served as a witness for the NYC Department of Education at due process hearings, and supervised and trained teachers in curriculum, methodology, writing IEPs and behavior management techniques. She earned a B.S. from Boston University in Special Education in 1975, an M.A. in Special Education from NYU in 1977, and post-graduate work in educational supervision and administration at NYU and Baruch College of the City of New York. She obtained her law degree from Brooklyn Law School’s evening division while continuing her work in education. Hope began her law career as a judicial clerk and then as a civil and commercial litigator as she began building a special education practice. Hope is admitted to the state and federal district courts in NY, NJ and AZ, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and AV® Preeminent™ rated (5.0 out of 5.0) by her peers and judges for the highest level of ethics and professional excellence. 

Speaker: Lori Kirsh-Goodwin, Esquire

Lori has been a litigation/trial attorney for over 30 years and has first chaired over 35 jury trials. She obtained her B.A. at Syracuse University and her law degree at the University of Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac University). She is admitted to the state and federal district courts in New York, New Jersey, Arizona and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Lori entered the special education arena over 16 years ago when one of her twin boys was evaluated for special education and related services, and has been advocating for and representing other families since. She is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney by peers and judges, representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.  Her legal advocacy ranges from obtaining eligibility for IEPs and 504s, assisting at IEPs, METs and 504 meetings, disciplinary matters, DDD appeals, early dispute resolution of matters, due process hearings, and appeals.   Lori brings her litigation skills to the table as well as her sensitivity for the families she represents. 

Attorneys will receive 6.5 CLEs (including 1 ethics hour)

Teachers will receive .6 CEUs 

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Registration Fee:

Attorneys (6.5 CLEs including 1 ethics hour) - $165

Individual  - $150

Student (student ID required) - $75

Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Refund policy: Cancellations before June 30, 2017 are subject to a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after June 30, 2017. A substitute participant may be designated in place of a registrant who cannot attend.


Conference Sponsors







Natchez Wealth Management

Jayne Buttross

Margaret Buttross Brinegar

Donald & Pam Dollar


If your company, organization or agency would

like to be a conference sponsor, 

 contact us at 601-969-0601  

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