Here's a sneak peek of what's on the 2020 agenda

Section 504 Coordinators in (504) on 5/04 Meet Up!
Section 504 coordinators will gather together on May 4 in area code 504 to share common challenges and exchange insights during this unique networking opportunity. A facilitator will kick off this town hall-like forum where you can openly discuss current issues while enjoying some quality face time with key contacts in your field.
Special Ed Connection® Users Group Sessions
Get firsthand tips and guidance from Special Ed Connection® trainers and experts as you learn more about this must-have resource and how to use it to benefit your program.
Ask the Experts! Panel Discussions
Have a burning Section 504 or IDEA question to pose to our panel of experts? These highly interactive, attendee-driven sessions will give you the opportunity to shape the discussion while gleaning the experts' insights on issues at the forefront of special ed law.
Orientation: Make the Most of Your Institute Experience
Whether this is your first time attending or you’ve never missed a year, this orientation will help you maximize your time with the nation’s top special education and school law experts! Find out what’s new in 2020 and get details on special events, tracks, keynotes, the Expo Hall and more!
LRP Institute

LRP’s Institute provides high quality, engaging speakers presenting on hot topics. This is by far my favorite conference for legal updates.”

Jera Pieper, Director of Special Education, Franklin & Jefferson Counties Special Education District 801, Benton, Ill.

“The education I gained at the Institute was far above any conference I have attended pertaining to special education and 504.”

Melinda Lasky, Director of Student Services, Yorkville Community School District 115, Ill.


General Session Lineup

The Fonz is coming to New Orleans!

An Afternoon With Henry Winkler

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Philanthropist and two-time Golden Globe winner Come be inspired by Henry Winkler’s personal story of overcoming adversity and his struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia. Winkler has turned his challenges into a passion for advocating for children with learning disabilities through his support of numerous associations including the Special Olympics and United Friends of the Children, and his continuous work to raise awareness of the challenges many students face every day.


Henry Winkler
New York Times Best-Selling Author, Philanthropist and two-time Golden Globe winner


Karen Haase
Attorney, KSB School Law, PC, LLO, Lincoln, Neb.

Where 2019 Has Taken Us and Where 2020 Might Lead:
Hot Topics in Special Education Law

School attorney Karen Haase will review the most interesting and significant cases from 2019 applying the IDEA, Section 504 and the ADA. In this fast-paced General Session, you’ll gain an understanding of judicial and administrative decisions plus practical suggestions about what these trends mean for schools, students with disabilities and their families.
You Be the Judge: Are These School Actions
Defensible or Disastrous?

Get ready to test your legal IQ as the National Institute brings LRP's most popular staff training feature to life! In this interactive session based on actual cases and administrative decisions, you'll hear about special education situations that sparked costly disputes. Then, in real time, vote on how you would rule if you were the judge. Attorneys Tiffany Winters Kesslar and Jan Tomsky will tally the results and provide immediate feedback and legal analysis. Plus, they will share practical tips and legal strategies to improve compliance and parent communications and avoid future conflicts.

Tiffany Winters Kesslar
Partner, Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC, Washington, D.C.


Jan Tomsky
Partner, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, Oakland, Calif.

Pre- and Post-Institute Symposiums

Take advantage of these full- and half-day symposiums for deep dive exploration of the hottest topics in special education today! Extended-length looks at key issues ensure you get the most out of your Institute experience!

Don’t forget to add your symposiums when you register for your Institute pass to get expert insights into these topics and more:

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