January 27, 2020
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TNH 2.137 (Gayle Classroom)
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Panel Discussion / Speaker Series
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Special education law is rich with opportunities for law students and lawyers, either as a practice focus or as pro bono work. This panel is geared towards law students who hope to do special education cases now or later in solo or firm practice. Experienced attorneys will describe their compelling special education work and recent developments in the law. The goal is to describe how law students can get involved in small or big ways in taking on this kind of work – in informal negotiation settings, in trial, or on appeal. Come explore how you might help a child!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 22 at

lunch provided


Introduction: What the Fifth Circuit Has Been Saying About Special Education, and Why It’s Exciting

Sonja Kerr, Connell Michael Kerr, Austin

In the Trenches: Working with Families to Get Better Services, One Kid at a Time

Yvonnilda Muniz, solo practitioner, Austin

You Might Want to Appeal That: How to Help Kids in Special Education by Writing a Concise Brief for a Federal Judge Without Ever Setting Foot in a School!

Shelby O’Brien, Enoch Kever, Austin

They Did WHAT to That Kid? Representing Children with Disabilities Who Have been Bullied or Assaulted at School

Marty Cirkiel, Cirkiel & Associates, P.C., Austin

12:45-1:15 Optional Q&A (students are free to leave for class)

Specific audiences:
  • Texas Law students
Sponsored by:
  • William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the sponsor listed above or the Texas Law Special Events Office at no later than seven business days prior to the event.