LRP's National Institute April 27 - 30, 2025 Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix Ariz.

LRP’s National Institute 2025 Program Details:
Coming in the Fall

At LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities® in Phoenix, you’ll experience a comprehensive, engaging, and high-quality program focused on the most effective ways to serve students with disabilities while maintaining compliance with special education and disability laws. We’re currently developing the 2025 agenda and will post details once available, but for now take a look at the 2024 program.


General Sessions
Valerie C. Williams

Updates from OSEP...

Valerie C. Williams
Director for the Office of Special Education Programs,
U.S. Department of Education

Get the details on OSEP’s latest initiatives straight from the top!

Valerie Williams has a unique perspective, having worked with members of Congress and staff on Capitol Hill, with advocacy organizations, at NASDSE supporting state special education leaders, and most importantly, being the parent of a son with Down syndrome. As the Director of OSEP she oversees administration of the IDEA, relying on her decades of experience working to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. In this General Session, she’ll get you up to date with OSEP’s latest initiatives and the thinking behind them.

Jan Tomsky

A Year in Review 2023 (and a Look Ahead)

Jan Tomsky
Partner, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, Oakland, Calif.

In her singular witty style, attorney Jan Tomsky will present the always popular, fast-paced review of the top recent legal cases you need to know. Get her expert insights on significant cases from 2023, as well as her predictions for litigation trends and regulatory changes for the coming year!

Karen Haase

How I Met Your Mother. . .
Parental Rights and Roles in Special Education

Karen Haase
Attorney, KSB School Law, PC, LLO, Lincoln, Neb.

Parents have a profound impact on a child’s growth and development. Both the IDEA and Section 504 recognize this vital role by placing specific legal rights into the hands of the parents of students with disabilities. As a result, it is important that parents, legal advisors, and educators all understand those rights and the parents’ role in special education to communicate and collaborate effectively. Attorney Karen Haase will draw from her 25 years of experience in special education to provide insights as to what effective parental participation and advocacy under the IDEA and Section 504 does, and doesn’t, look like.

Agenda At-A-Glance
Sunday | May 5, 2024
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Open
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pre-Conference Morning Symposiums
12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch On Your Own
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Afternoon Symposiums
Monday | May 6, 2024
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. LRP Bookstore Open
7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 - 10 a.m. GENERAL SESSION
A Year in Review 2023
(and a Look Ahead)
10 - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
12 - 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. GENERAL SESSION
Updates From OSEP …
LRP Institute General Session
Tuesday | May 7, 2024
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. LRP Bookstore Open
7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. GENERAL SESSION
How I Met Your Mother. . . Parental Rights and Roles in Special Education
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:30 - 3 p.m. Refreshment Break
3 - 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Wednesday | May 8, 2024
7 - 8 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7 - 9:45 a.m. LRP Bookstore Open
7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration Open
8 - 9:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
9:45 - 11 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch On Your Own
1:45 - 5 p.m. Post-Conference Symposiums
6 Focused Learning Tracks
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Geared toward special education leaders who develop systems, programs, processes and policies that strengthen the working environment, support student achievement, optimize resources and enhance organizational outcomes. Sessions are on point for state and local special education directors, superintendents and assistant superintendents, Section 504 coordinators, principals and assistant principals, directors of private schools, and regional coordinators.

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Effectively addressing student behavior may be the most pressing issue in schools today. Special education directors, directors of school mental health and behavioral services, school psychologists, behavior specialists, clinical services coordinators, and trauma trainers will get the latest strategies to approach discipline dilemmas and student mental health under federal laws.

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To earn continuing legal education credits, or CLEs, attorneys can attend one or both sessions based on application of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct in the special education context.


With sessions for every role in special education, this track includes comprehensive coverage of schools' obligations to provide all children with disabilities with a free appropriate public education. School attorneys share insights on the most significant cases and common procedural missteps, and experts outline best practices and resources.

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Section 504

Building a better understanding of how to avoid discrimination claims and provide all students an equal opportunity is the goal of each session in this track. Section 504 coordinators, administrators, social workers, counselors and service providers will receive unparalleled professional development while learning how to make defensible disability and 504 plan determinations.

New Section 504 regulations are coming – make sure you’re prepared!

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