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Special Education

Special education law is a technical area of practice that involves a multitude of federal and state laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and Article 44 of the New York Education Law.

To assist public and non-public school clients in navigating this complex area, Hodgson  Russ has an experienced legal team that concentrates in analyzing special education law disputes. Our attorneys regularly help schools understand their legal obligations to disabled students and guide schools in determining the best solution to a particular situation. Our goal is to be proactive and help schools avoid formal complaints.

When a dispute cannot be avoided, our attorneys have extensive experience representing schools in administrative, state, and federal lawsuits. We also have experience representing schools during Office of Civil Right (OCR) and State Education Department (SED) investigations and in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution venues.

For information, analysis, commentary, and resources on the latest developments in education and special education law, visit our blog, SchoolNET, or subscribe to receive new blog entries by e-mail.