The Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities Presents

Fourth Annual Special Education Law Conference & CLE

Monday, July 23, 2018

Mississippi College School of Law

Jackson, Mississippi 


Mississippi College School of Law
151 East Griffith Street
Jackson, MS 39201


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

Monday, July 23, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT

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Speaker: Hope Kirsch, 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 school related matters. Hope was a special education teacher and special education coordinator for 18 years in New York public schools before embarking on a career in law. Throughout her career as an educator, Hope worked with students with autism, emotional disabilities and multiple disabilities. She earned a B.S. in Special Education from Boston University 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 is admitted to the state and federal district courts in NY, NJ and AZ, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is 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 Kirsch-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. 

Approved for 6.5 CLE hours (includes 1 hour of ethics)

Teachers .6 CEU hours (applied for)

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Registration Fee:

Attorneys (6.5 CLEs including 1 ethics hour) - $175

Non-Attorneys  - $150

Students (student ID required) - $75

Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. 

A limited number of stipends/scholarships available for parents of students with disabilities. Please indicate when you register if you are requesting a parent stipend.

Refund policy: Cancellations before June 30, 2018 are subject to a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after June 30, 2018. A substitute participant may be designated in place of a registrant who cannot attend.


Conference Sponsors






Kelly & Jim Blackwood

Jayne Buttross

Margaret Buttross Brinegar

Pam & Donald Dollar

Lagniappe Foundation


If your company, organization or agency would

like to be a conference sponsor, contact us at 601-969-0601  

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