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Mark your calendars for the 37th Annual Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the Law to be held in Yakima, Washington at the Yakima Convention Center, October 12-14, 2020!

Thank you to all who contributed to the success of the 2019 PNWI conference. 727 Administrative Law Judges, Education Administrators, Teachers, Principals, Education Advocates, School Psychologists, Attorneys, Parents, and many more came together to learn from Special Education law experts from around the country.


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.

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 has approved the 2019 PNW Institute on Special Education and the Law  9 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: Continuum College at the University of Washington is an approved Washington State Board of Education provider for continuing professional education. The 2019 Institute on Tuesday and Wednesday is approved for 9 clock hours and 2  additional clock hours for each Mini-Course on Monday.

Washington State Association of School Psychologists approved clock hours for attending the  2019 PNW Institute on Special Education and the Law. Two clock hours for each Monday Mini-Course and nine clock hours for attending the Institute on Tuesday and Wednesday.

No additional fees are required to receive the WSBA or OSBA CLEs, Washington State clock hours, or WSASP 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 or State Association of School Psychologists 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.