Legal Update: Special Education for Superintendents

This presentation will focus on procedural and pragmatic advice to help assist school leaders in developing an understanding of special education in schools. The presentation is specifically designed to enhance the superintendent’s understanding of how to avoid and help defend the district against special education litigation. The presentation will focus on both the procedural and substantive obligations under the IDEA, M.G.L. c. 71B and the special education regulations at 603 C.M.R. 28.00. The presentation will incorporate recent case law and hearing decisions to provide the most up-to-date information from both federal and state legal decisions that impact upon schools.
Cost: $195 ACCEPT members/ $225 non-members
Target Audience:  Superintendents
Date: March 28, 2023, 9am-12pm
Location: Live Virtual Workshop
Facilitator:  Michael Joyce, Esq., Nuttall, MacAvoy & Joyce, P.C.
Earn:  3 PDPs
Michael J. Joyce is a former public school teacher and currently an attorney with Nuttall, MacAvoy & Joyce, P.C. specializing in general education and special education law in public schools. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Joyce served as a Civil Rights Attorney for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), conducting investigations and trainings throughout New England concerning a wide range of civil rights concerns arising in public schools, including the enforcement of Section 504 and the federal statutes pertaining to harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender and age. Before working for OCR, Mr. Joyce served as prosecuting attorney in the Gang Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, conducting dozens of trials and evidentiary hearings with a specialized focus on gun violence and firearms prosecution. Mr. Joyce also served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Prior to pursuing a legal career, Mr. Joyce taught for three years in public elementary schools as a member of Teach for America during which time he was nominated for Teacher of the Year. Mr. Joyce graduated from Boston College Law School and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. From 2008-2011, Mr. Joyce taught legal research and writing at Northeastern School of Law, and, since 2011, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Lynch School of Education and Boston College Law School where he teaches a graduate level course on education law and policy. Mr. Joyce has conducted dozens of presentations on educational law, including presentations to local, regional and national audiences.