Amy Houck Elco and Kelli Prinz to present on Special Education Law Dec. 4-5 in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, N.J. — Nov. 22, 2017 –The course will be offered at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Hotel on Dec. 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This seminar will present the essential requirements surrounding IEP development, discipline procedures, due process hearing requirements and more.

Houck Elco will present on Tuesday, Dec. 5 on Discipline and Expulsion Essentials for Special Needs Students (10:15-11:15 a.m.). This session will cover the legal rules governing removal or expulsion, providing services during disciplinary removal, handling disciplinary changes in placement, and multiple suspensions and denial of FAPE (a free appropriate public education).

Prinz will present on Tuesday, Dec. 5 on Bullying and Special Education Students (1:15-2:15 pm). This session will cover when bullying is a denial of FAPE, the legal considerations of moving bullied students to safer environments, addressing bullying through IEPs and 504 plans, and legally appropriate school policies and staff training.

Houck Elco will also present on Due Process Rights: Ensuring Appropriate Practices During Disputes (3:30-4:30 pm). The session will provide a due process overview and address statutes of limitations. It also will cover notice requirements and timing issues, informal dispute resolution including mediation, resolution sessions and negotiation, how to prepare for a due process hearing, and appealing decisions.

Houck Elco is a partner with Cooper Levenson, P.A, in the firm’s Education Law practice group. She is presently the lead attorney for numerous schools and school districts in New Jersey, representing them on every aspect of education law. By providing educators with continued support, training on new laws and requirements and developing policies and procedures together as a team, she equips school districts with effective, proactive measures to identify and resolve many potential issues before they reach litigation.

Prinz, an attorney in the Education Law practice group, focuses on matters of all types for school boards and administrators, employment and labor issues, contractual matters, student discipline, public records and privacy, Board policy drafting and compliance, Board property issues and transfers, and alleged incidents of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, the defense of claims of violations of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, and injury and negligence claims.

The seminar is designed for school administrators, superintendents, principals, school board members, school psychologists, counselors, teachers and attorneys. Eligible attendees will receive 14.4 NJ CLE credits. New Jersey teachers will receive 12.0 continuing education credits. Tuition is $575 for the first registrant and $565 for each additional registrant. The two-day program also will be offered on Dec. 6-7 in the Cherry Hill area. For more information, or to register, visit

Cooper Levenson is a full service law firm since 1957, with 75 attorneys and New Jersey offices in Atlantic City and Cherry Hill. The firm also has offices in Bear, Del., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Las Vegas, Nev.