Special Education Law in Texas: How to Get Involved to Help One Child or Many!

Location: TNH 2.137

Monday, January 27, 2020, 11:45am-12:45pm
University of Texas School of Law, room TNH 2.137

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!

Lunch provided. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 22 at https://texas-sped-law.eventbrite.com.


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

–Sonja Kerr, Connell Michael Kerr, Austin –  https://cmklawfirm.com/our-team

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 – https://enochkever.com/attorneys/shelby-l-obrien/

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 – https://www.cirkielaw.com/martin-cirkiel

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

Event series: Panel Discussion