Thank you to all who attended the 2014 Institute in Portland, Oregon. There were almost 600 participants from as far away as Guam and Saudi Arabia. Many states were represented  including Hawaii, Alaska, California, Nevada, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington.

Next year we will be at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Convention Center, October 5-7, 2015. Mark your calendars!

If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, we invite you to email us at slawd@u.washington.edu. Please include the number of years you have attended, your job title, and why you would like to participate in the planning for our next Institute.


An Annual Overview of Selected Legal Issues Affecting Special Education Administration and Practices

Empirical and practical studies of special education and general education law.

2014 Institute highlights:

  • Pre-Institute Mini-Courses
    Pre-institute mini-courses will provide an in-depth view of special education law applicable in public schools.
  • For Attorneys
    Keep current on legal issues related to special education; connect with school   districts and educators; earn CLE credit hours in ethics
  • Workshops
    Unique workshops will be conducted on current issues in special education.
  • General Sessions
    Respected experts will discuss timely issues during general sessions.

Why register?

  • Learn from special education law experts from around the country
  • Build professional relationships and network with colleagues
  • Stay current on recent legal decisions and interpretations of special education law and litigation
  • Expand your knowledge on emerging legal issues and trends

Who will benefit?

  • Educators
  • School Psychologists
  • Special Education Directors
  • Attorneys
  • Administrative Law Judges
  • Principals
  • Special Education Advocacy Groups
  • Parents
  • Education Administrators

CLE and Clock Hours

CLE: Institute organizers apply  for Continuing Legal Education credit from the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and the Oregon State Bar Association (OSBA). The WSBA approved the 2014 PNW Institute on Special Education and the Law for 10 credits for attending the Institute and 2 credits for each Mini-Course including the Ethics Seminar. The same is true for the OSBA. For all other states, you may apply  as an individual for CLE credit  . The number of CLE credits awarded varies from state to state.

Clock Hours: Educational Outreach at the University of Washington is an approved      Washington State Board of Education provider for continuing professional education.The Institute is approved for up to 10 clock hours. The Mini-Courses are approved for 2  additional clock hours each, for a maximum of 6 clock hours.

No additional fees are required to receive the WSBA or OSBA CLEs or Washington State clock hours.