• Live In-Person
  • Webcast

Exceptional Children Conference 2023

Special education law professionals gather to learn about today’s most relevant issues—join them!

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In-Person - Mechanicsburg
PBI Conference Center
5080 Ritter Road, Rossmoyne Exit, Rt. 15, Mechanicsburg PA, 17055
STARTFri., Oct. 13, 2023
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Oct. 13, 2023
4:20 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
Remote - Live Webcast

STARTFri., Oct. 13, 2023
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Oct. 13, 2023
4:20 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
Subscribers Pay: $0.00


Attend the premier education event for child attorneys, school district attorneys, hearing officers and advocates.

Connect, learn, exchange, and share the passion with other special education professionals and create exceptional education opportunities for exceptional children! 

Two attendance options

Attend in-person or via webcast (one track of programming will be live-streamed. Please see agenda below for specifics.)

Attend in-person for more than a dozen workshops, exposure to leading counsel, and phenomenal networking! 

Today’s most critical issues are explored by attorneys and professionals who practice in this area every day. Ask questions, challenge concepts, and shake a few hands—there is no better way to meet and connect with others who practice in this area, too! 

Gain a balanced perspective on all issues 

Most of the sessions are team-taught by a balanced panel of school district and parent/child attorneys. Gain the competitive advantage by hearing how a case is handled from both sides of the “v”! 

Are you a parent of a child with exceptionalities? 

The ECC offers you first rate instruction for advocating for your child, contact with some of the state’s most experienced legal practitioners, and exceptional opportunities to meet and compare notes with other parents. 

Gathering ground for: 

  • Attorneys 
  • Hearing officers
  • Advocates representing children, families, and school districts 
  • School administrators and teachers
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about educational rights for children 

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM [Plenary]
Welcome & Introduction (live-streamed)

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM [Plenary]
Procedural Guidance: Two Hearing Officers’ Perspectives (live-streamed)

9:55 AM – 10:55 AM [Choose one]
Supreme Court Caselaw Review (Advanced) (live-streamed)
Introduction to Special Education Law (Basic)
Extended School Year – It’s Not Summer School (Basic)

11:05 AM – 12:05 PM [Choose one]
Discipline and the Role of Virtual School Post-Covid (Intermediate) (live-streamed)
What Is Pendency? (Intermediate)
Changing Landscape of Title IX and PHRC Regulations (Advanced)

12:35 PM – 2:05 PM [Plenary]
Year in Review (live-streamed)

2:10 PM – 3:10 PM [Choose one]
Intersection of Family Law & Special Education (Basic) (live-streamed)
Truancy & Outgrowth of School Phobia (Intermediate)
First Amendment Issues & Social Media (Intermediate)

3:20 PM – 4:20 PM [Plenary]
Special Education Legal Ethics Conversations (live-streamed)

Planned and Developed by the PA Bar Association Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee  

Who better to hone in on the most important and emerging issues affecting today’s special education law practitioner? Join the Committee members at their 2023 conference, designed to highlight the most relevant legislation, regulations, and programs affecting exceptional children and their families. If you’re not a member, join on-site!

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.

Practice Areas


David G. C. Arnold Esq. Law Office of David G. C. Arnold
Christine Taylor Brann Esq. JSDC Law Offices/James Smith Dietterick & Connelly LLP (Hershey)
Amy T. Brooks Esq. Wisler Pearlstine, LLP (Blue Bell)
Mark J. Burgmann Esq. Wisler Pearlstine, LLP (Blue Bell)
Christopher J. Conrad Esq. Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. (Hbg/Camp Hill)
Sarah B. Dragotta Esq. Sand & Saidel
Andrew E. Faust Esq. Sweet Stevens Katz & Williams LLP (Southeast)
Brian Jason Ford JD, CHO Office for Dispute Resolution (Hbg)
Erin D. Gilsbach Esq. EdLaw Interactive
Heidi B. Goldsmith Esq. Bradley Goldsmith Law, LLC
Charles W. Jelley Esq., LLM Office for Dispute Resolution (Hbg)
Araesia King Esq. Law Offices of Kenneth S. Cooper
Jacqueline C. Lembeck Esq. McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse and Ryan P.C. (Berwyn)
Jennifer M. Lukach Esq. Bradley Goldsmith Law, LLC
Michael J. McElligott Esq. Office for Dispute Resolution (Hbg)
Amanda M. Meighan Esq. KidsVoice
Kathleen M. Metcalfe Esq. Raffaele & Associates LLC
Michele J. Mintz Esq. Fox Rothschild LLP (Blue Bell)
Caryl Andrea Oberman Esq. Oberman and Yazno-Bartle LLC
Shannon R. Pierce Esq. Fox Rothschild LLP (Blue Bell)
Michael D. Raffaele Esq. Raffaele & Associates LLC
Maria C. Ramola Esq. McKenna Snyder LLC
Brooke E. D. Say Esq. Stock and Leader
Nicole D. Snyder Esq. McKenna Snyder LLC
Thomas C. Warner Esq. Sweet Stevens Katz & Williams LLP (Southeast)
Kristen C. Weidus Esq. Ruder Law
Aimee Rankin Zundel Esq. Zundel Law
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.
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