Date and Time
Dec 13 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3075 Ridge Pike
Eagleville, PA 19403
Tuesday, December 13th
Speaker: Michael Connolly, Esquire
Title: An Overview of Special Education
Topic: The workshop will focus on a an overview of special education laws and regulations, and their practical impact on programming in schools. Topics will include a discussion of child find and evaluation obligations of school districts, IEPs and how to prepare for an IEP meeting, how to respond effectively to an IEP and NOREP, and the mechanisms available to resolve disputes over programming and placement.
Speaker Bio: Mr. Connolly is a shareholder at McAndrews Law Offices, where, with over seventeen years of experience, he represents parents of children with special needs in a variety of education matters at administrative hearings and state and federal court. He has assisted parents in disputes involving their public school related to issues such as eligibility and identification, programming and placement, tuition reimbursement, discipline, bullying, and discrimination.
He also lectures throughout the state to parents, educators, and attorneys on special education and other education law related topics. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Connolly has been an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee, where he served as Vice Chair from 2002 through 2003 and as Chair from 2003 through 2006. In his roles as Vice Chair and Chair, he played an active part in helping to shape the Bar Association’s position on legal issues impacting students with disabilities as well as planning one of the Commonwealth’s preeminent legal conferences in the area of special education. Mr. Connolly continues to be an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its Legal Services for Exceptional Children’s Committee.
Mr. Connolly began his career in education law upon graduation from law school as an associate with a District of Columbia law firm representing parents in special education matters. He later became a partner in a law firm located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he spent nearly a decade representing school districts throughout state. Most recently, prior to joining McAndrews Law Offices, Mr. Connolly was a founding partner at another education law firm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he spent seven years representing parents and students in educational matters.