Thank you for contributing to the success of the 33rd Annual Pacific NW Institute on Special Education and the Law, October 3-5, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. This was the first year we had to start a waiting list and it was the highest attendance since 2006. Participants had an opportunity to hear from national experts in Special Education and the Law. They were also able to network and socialize during refreshment breaks and the Tuesday evening reception. Please mark your calendars for next year. Registration will open in May, 2017.

Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center
October 2-4, 2017

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

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

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. New this year: General Session lunch breakouts!

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 Credit and Clock Hours

CLE credit: 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. In 2014 the Institute was approved for up to 10 clock hours. The Mini-Courses were 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. If you wish to earn CLE credits or Clock Hours for other states, please check with your state bar association or state Department of Education to see if attendance at this Institute would qualify for credit. You are advised learn about what state specific procedure should be followed. Upon request, you will be provided a certificate of attendance.