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Discussion and Analysis of the Most Important U.S. Supreme Court Decision in 35 Years!

Not since 1982 has the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the question of what constitute a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE). That will change this year, when the High Court hands down its decision(s) in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. Given the importance of the issue - whether FAPE requires more than de minimis services and, if so, how much more - the dispute drew the participation of parents, educators, education administrators, school districts, educational organizations and associations - even former officials of the U.S. Department of Education.

This year's Academy will devote two extended sessions to the issues, arguments, opinions and - of more concern to special education hearing officers - how to interpret and apply the High Court's holding(s). You can expect expert guidance on how Endrew F. should be applied to determine what constitutes FAPE from the following faculty:


  • Lynwood E. Beekman, Esq., Special Education Solutions
  • Mark L. Gross, Esq., formerly Deputy Chief, Appellate Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice


  • Selene A. Almazan, Legal Director, COPAA
  • Lewis Bossing, Esq./Ira A. Burnim, Bazelon Center
  • Sy DuBow, Adjunct Prof., Washington College of Law
  • Sue Gamm, Esq., Public Consulting Group
  • Julie W. Halbert, Esq., Council of Great City Schools
  • Prof. Brian Wolfman, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. Mark C. Weber, DePaul University College of Law

Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District