2020 Annual Employment Law Update Webinar @ Webinar
Oct 29 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Last spring we had to postpone our annual Labor & Employment Law Update due to COVID-19. We finally have a new date – October 29, 2020! The presentation will be delivered virtually. Please email us at or register through the tickets link.

Schedule to include:

  • Lessons from the Year’s Top Cases & Regulatory and Statutory Update
  • Toolkit for Meeting Reasonable Accommodation Obligations, Including Requests Related to COVID-19
  • Navigating Internal & External Investigations in a Charged Workplace Environment
  • COVID-19 Update – Latest Legal News and Developments and What to Expect Moving Forward


Early registrants will receive all webcast materials in advance.

We look forward to seeing you (virtually) on October 29!

How to Handle Manifestation Determination Reviews for Students with Disabilities: The 60-Minute Lawyer @ online
Nov 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenting: Mary Ellen P. Sowyrda, Esq.

Product Description

When school authorities discipline a student with disabilities, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1415 requires the conduct of a Manifestation Determination in many cases. This new program explains the legal requirements, as well as the practical issues associated with a Manifestation Determination. Experienced attorneys, who represent students and school districts, provide insights into both federal and Massachusetts practice requirements.


Agenda & Materials

  • Key Federal Statutory, Regulatory, and Technical Guidance on Manifestation Determination, Including the Key Elements of the Process

  • Specific Massachusetts Legal Requirements That Impact the Conduct of the Manifestation Determination

  • Practical Insights About How to Prepare for and Conduct a Manifestation Determination

  • Practice Points Relating to Appellate Options within the District and the Bureau of Special Education Appeals

Key Issues in Special Education Law @ online
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Presenting: Mary Ellen P. Sowyrda, Esq.

Product Description
Special education law is continually developing; it is imperative for practitioners to be up-to-date on the latest issues and cases. This program provides a concise overview of the significant changes, emerging trends, and common issues encountered in special education practice. It is a must for any lawyer who specializes in school law.
Expert faculty highlight current issues and developments, including the pervasive impact of and derivative issues from COVID-19. They also focus on practice before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) and provide an efficient overview of significant federal court and BSEA decisions from the past year. You get insight into the latest issues, as well as a look at trends that impact your practice—and your clients.
Agenda & Materials
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • BSEA Update, Including Key Stats
  • Key Decisions Update
  • COVID-19 Impact, Including Compensatory Services
  • Election 2020 Implications
  • “Ask the Experts” Q&A Session and Key Takeaways
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