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Special Education Law Symposium – Section 504: The “Other” Disability Law

On Thursday, June 22nd, Hollie John will be co-presenting at Lehigh University’s annual summer Special Education Law Symposium.  Along with a former school district attorney, Hollie will speak on the topic of 504 Plans – an often overlooked and misunderstood support for students – in a presentation entitled, Section 504: The “Other” Disability Law Lehigh’s annual Read More…

Lehigh University: “The Do’s and Don’ts of Special Education Litigation – Both Sides of the River”

On Friday, May 12th, Jacobson and John’s Hollie John will act as reactor to the topic “The Do’s and Don’ts of Special Education Litigation – Both Sides of the River” at Lehigh University’s annual Special Education Law Conference. This marks the 45th year of the Lehigh University conference, with this year’s theme being Special Education Read More…

ARC Chat-n-Chew: “Meet the Special Education Attorneys”

Jacobson and John, LLP will take part in the ARC Alliance’s on-going Chat-n-Chew Q+A series “Meet the Special Education Attorneys” on Tuesday, April 18th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Participants will be able to ask a panel of special education attorney experts anything they wish regarding the often confusing areas of special education law Read More…

On-Line Programming Is Not Appropriate For Many Special Ed Students

Increasingly, when students have difficulties attending school for any number of reasons, we see school districts offering on-line programming as FAPE, or as part of a FAPE. However, proceed with caution when a virtual education is offered to your child because, while it may be convenient for a school district in terms of placement, it Read More…

Is It Truancy, Or Disability Related Absences, And Does It Matter?

Yes, it matters. In Pennsylvania, all children that are of compulsory school age must attend school. This means that from the time the child enters school, which can be Kindergarten, but which cannot be later than age 8, the child must attend school and remain in school until at least age 17, or until graduation, Read More…

Common Mistakes Parents Make When It Comes To Special Education

Not Understanding the “NOREP” A Notice of Recommended Educational Placement or “NOREP” formalizes a school district’s educational program offer for your eligible child. A NOREP is typically issued in conjunction with a proposed Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”), and serves as the “Prior Written Notice” that the law requires when a school district proposes to change Read More…

Parent/Advocate Lunch Q+A with Jacobson & John

As we try to do several times each year, this past summer Hollie and Steve hosted a group of dedicated parent advocates at our Doylestown office over lunch.  As usual, we did a quick review of relevant recent case law, but as is always the highlight, we spent the majority of our time on Q+A Read More…

Big Due Process Victory for Jacobson & John

Jacobson & John attorney Hollie John recently prevailed in a due process hearing against a Bucks County School District, resulting not only in a significant compensatory education award for the student, but also the rare Hearing Officer finding of discrimination by the school district. The student began Kindergarten in the District for the 2014-2015 school Read More…

Jacobson and John Moderating Annual PA Bar Presentation

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, on July 21st, Steve Jacobson will moderate for the 4th year in a row “Snapshots of Special Education Law”.  This presentation features multiple attorneys, hearing officers and psychologists providing invaluable information on current and topical issues in special education law. Snapshots of Special Education Law will be held Read More…

PA Special Education Attorney Selected a 2016 Super Lawyer

Pennsylvania special education law firm Jacobson & John LLP is pleased to announce that partner Stephen J. Jacobson has been named among the 2016 Super Lawyers. Part of Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who, through a peer review and independent research process, have been identified as attaining a high Read More…

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