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How to Do Your Own Due Process Hearing (While Maintaining Your Sanity)

Public Interest Law Center

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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How to Do Your Own Due Process Hearing (While Maintaining Your Sanity)

Available live or via webinar*!

This seminar is designed for individuals with varying degrees of knowledge and is targeted toward parents, advocates, and others interested in learning more about what steps are necessary in order to effectively represent oneself and their child at a special education hearing. Discussion will include 1) a brief overview on the history of Pro Se ("for self") representation, 2) a look at the legal implications of Winkleman on Special Education hearings, and 3) a guide on how to approach and conduct your own hearing. The seminar will focus on the specific steps needed to build your child’s case and execute your argument, as well as some tips that can help make your casemore compelling to a hearing officer.

*The webinar format is hosted through, and the audio is provided through a teleconference. (Long distance rates will likely apply.) Advance registration is required—registration closes at 9:00am on Monday, May 23rd.

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Instructor (click on name for full bio):

Sonja Kerr, Esq.  Ms. Kerr is a member of the PA and other state bars and has over 23 years of experience in representing children with disabilities including children with autism. She has litigated the issues of ABA services and she has litigated the issue of inclusion for children with autism.


Scholarship requests are welcome - no one will be excluded from attending because they cannot afford the fee.  To request a scholarship, contact the event coordinator at  Include the following information in your email: name, phone number, reason for requesting the scholarship, and specific sessions for which you are requesting the scholarship.  Scholarships are not granted and your spot for the training is not reserved until you receive confirmation from the coordinator.  Please allow 3 business days for processing scholarship requests.

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The fair market value of each training session is $200.

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia is a registered charitable organization and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. The official registration and financial information of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania at (800) 792-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement. 



In an effort to keep lawyers, parents, teachers and advocates updated on developments in Special Education law, The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia has organized a year long training program. 

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Have questions about How to Do Your Own Due Process Hearing (While Maintaining Your Sanity)? Contact Public Interest Law Center

When & Where

1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, 19146

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Public Interest Law Center

The Public Interest Law Center uses high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region facing discrimination, inequality, and poverty. We use litigation, community education, advocacy, and organizing to secure their access to fundamental resources and services.

The Law Center, which opened its doors in 1969 as one of the eight original affiliates of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, works in employment, environmental justice, healthcare, housing, public education and voting.



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