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Advocacy for Low-Income Children with Disabilities in California (Free)


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This is a webcast of the live San Francisco session.

Why you should attend

Attend this program so that you can receive the basic information you need to represent low-income children in California with education, regional center, and public benefits issues. Learn the basic substantive law regarding special education, school discipline, regional center eligibility, foster care benefits, CalWORKs, and SSI, so you can take a pro bono case to assist a low-income child in California.

What you will learn

  • Special Education Advocacy - Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • School Discipline and the School to Prison Pipeline
  • Unique Laws and Additional Services
  • Economic Security Advocacy for Youth - Public Benefits for Disabled and At-Risk Youth
  • Economic Security Advocacy for Youth: SSI

Who should attend

Any attorney interested in providing pro bono assistance to low-income children in California would benefit from attending this program. The program is appropriate for new attorneys as well as seasoned practitioners and all skill levels are encouraged to attend.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

All times are P.D.T.

9:00 Program Overview and Introductions

Brian Blalock, Linda Johnson

9:15 Special Education Advocacy - Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

  • IEP Process and Procedures
    • Requesting and reviewing records, requesting an assessment, understanding how to read assessments, assessment scores, and Larry P. v. Riles (1979) and cognitive testing
    • Initial IEP meeting, services, appropriate goals, and placement

Lauren Giardina, Linda Johnson, Jill Rowland

10:15 School Discipline and the School to Prison Pipeline

  • Types of School Discipline
    • Suspensions
    • Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) meetings
    • Expulsions
  • Avoiding the school to prison pipeline
  • Delinquency involved youth right to education

Lauren Giardina, Linda Johnson, Jill Rowland

11:15 Networking Break

11:30 Unique Laws and Additional Services

  • Regional Center Advocacy
    • Early Start
    • Lanterman Act
  • Homeless youth right to education – McKinney-Vento
  • AB 490 – School stability, immediate enrollment, immediate transfer of records
  • California Children’s Service – State advocacy program for children with certain health problems

Lauren Giardina, Linda Johnson, Jill Rowland

12:30 Lunch

1:45 Youth Entitlements and Supports 101 - An Overview of Benefits Programs for Youth

  • CalWORKs
  • General Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • CalFresh

Brian Blalock, Erin Palacios

2:45 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits for Youth

  • Disability standard for claimants under 18
  • Age 18 redeterminations
  • The overlap between special education and SSI advocacy (and how to read special education records for SSI cases)
  • Special supplemental rates for youth living with non-parental caregivers

Andrea L. Banks, Lisa M. Newstrom

3:45 Networking Break

4:00 Entitlement Programs and Supports for Youth in Out-of-Home Placements

  • Foster care benefits
  • Subsidized permanency programs (Guardianships and Adoptions)
  • Funding for youth living with relatives

Alice Bussiere, Molly Dunn

5:00 Adjourn

Co-Chair(s)
Brian Blalock ~ Youth Justice Project Director, Bingham McCutchen Youth Justice Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Linda Johnson ~ Staff Attorney, Education Law Project, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc.
Speaker(s)
Andrea L. Banks ~ Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Alice Bussiere ~ Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center
Molly L. Dunn ~ Policy Attorney, Alliance for Children’s Rights
Lauren Giardina ~ Staff Attorney, Disability Rights California
Lisa M. Newstrom ~ Managing Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Erin Palacios ~ Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Jill Rowland ~ Education Program Director, Alliance for Children's Rights
Program Attorney(s)
Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
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PLI's Live Webcasts are approved for MCLE credit (unless otherwise noted in the product description) in the following states/territories:  Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho*, Illinois, Indiana1, Iowa*, Kansas*, Kentucky*, Louisiana, Maine*, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire*, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York2, Ohio3, Oklahoma, Oregon*, Pennsylvania4, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia5, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming*.

*PLI will apply for credit upon request.

Arizona: The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement.

Arkansas and Oklahoma: Audio-only live webcasts are not approved for credit.

 

1Indiana: Considered a distance education course. There is a 6 credit limit per year.

2New York: Newly admitted attorneys may not take non-transitional course formats such as on-demand audio or video programs or live webcasts for CLE credit. Newly admitted attorneys not practicing law in the United States, however, may earn 12 transitional credits in non-traditional formats.

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4 Pennsylvania: A live webcast may be viewed individually or in a group setting. Credit may be granted to an attorney who views a live webcast individually. There is a 4.0 credit limit per year for this type of viewing. A live webcast viewed in a group setting receives live participatory credit if the program is open to the public and advertised at least 30 days prior to the program. Live webcasts viewed in a group setting that do not advertise at least 30 days prior the program will be considered "in-house", and therefore denied credit.

5Virginia: All distance learning courses are to be done in an educational setting, free from distractions.


Running time and CLE credit hours are not necessarily the same. Please be aware that many states do not permit credit for luncheon and keynote speakers.

Note that some states limit the number of credit hours attorneys may claim for online CLE activities, and state rules vary with regard to whether online CLE activities qualify for participatory or self-study credits. For more information, refer to your state CLE website or call Customer Service at (800) 260-4PLI (4754) or email: info@pli.edu.

If you have already received credit for attending some or the entire program, please be aware that state administrators do not permit you to accrue additional credit for repeat viewing even if an additional credit certificate is subsequently issued.

Why you should attend

Attend this program so that you can receive the basic information you need to represent low-income children in California with education, regional center, and public benefits issues. Learn the basic substantive law regarding special education, school discipline, regional center eligibility, foster care benefits, CalWORKs, and SSI, so you can take a pro bono case to assist a low-income child in California.

What you will learn

  • Special Education Advocacy - Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • School Discipline and the School to Prison Pipeline
  • Unique Laws and Additional Services
  • Economic Security Advocacy for Youth - Public Benefits for Disabled and At-Risk Youth
  • Economic Security Advocacy for Youth: SSI

Who should attend

Any attorney interested in providing pro bono assistance to low-income children in California would benefit from attending this program. The program is appropriate for new attorneys as well as seasoned practitioners and all skill levels are encouraged to attend.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

9:00 Program Overview and Introductions

Brian Blalock, Linda Johnson

9:15 Special Education Advocacy - Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

  • IEP Process and Procedures
    • Requesting and reviewing records, requesting an assessment, understanding how to read assessments, assessment scores, and Larry P. v. Riles (1979) and cognitive testing
    • Initial IEP meeting, services, appropriate goals, and placement

Lauren Giardina, Linda Johnson, Jill Rowland

10:15 School Discipline and the School to Prison Pipeline

  • Types of School Discipline
    • Suspensions
    • Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) meetings
    • Expulsions
  • Avoiding the school to prison pipeline
  • Delinquency involved youth right to education

Lauren Giardina, Linda Johnson, Jill Rowland

11:15 Networking Break

11:30 Unique Laws and Additional Services

  • Regional Center Advocacy
    • Early Start
    • Lanterman Act
  • Homeless youth right to education – McKinney-Vento
  • AB 490 – School stability, immediate enrollment, immediate transfer of records
  • California Children’s Service – State advocacy program for children with certain health problems

Lauren Giardina, Linda Johnson, Jill Rowland

12:30 Lunch

1:45 Youth Entitlements and Supports 101 - An Overview of Benefits Programs for Youth

  • CalWORKs
  • General Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • CalFresh

Brian Blalock, Erin Palacios

2:45 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits for Youth

  • Disability standard for claimants under 18
  • Age 18 redeterminations
  • The overlap between special education and SSI advocacy (and how to read special education records for SSI cases)
  • Special supplemental rates for youth living with non-parental caregivers

Andrea L. Banks, Lisa M. Newstrom

3:45 Networking Break

4:00 Entitlement Programs and Supports for Youth in Out-of-Home Placements

  • Foster care benefits
  • Subsidized permanency programs (Guardianships and Adoptions)
  • Funding for youth living with relatives

Alice Bussiere, Molly Dunn

5:00 Adjourn

Co-Chair(s)
Brian Blalock ~ Youth Justice Project Director, Bingham McCutchen Youth Justice Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Linda Johnson ~ Staff Attorney, Education Law Project, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc.
Speaker(s)
Andrea L. Banks ~ Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Alice Bussiere ~ Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center
Molly L. Dunn ~ Policy Attorney, Alliance for Children’s Rights
Lauren Giardina ~ Staff Attorney, Disability Rights California
Lisa M. Newstrom ~ Managing Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Erin Palacios ~ Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Jill Rowland ~ Education Program Director, Alliance for Children's Rights
Program Attorney(s)
Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

San Francisco Seminar Location

PLI California Center, 685 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105. (415) 498-2800

San Francisco Hotel Accommodations

The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California 94105. Call (800) 917-7456 seven days a week from 6:00 am to 12:00 am (PDT) and mention you are attending this program at Practising Law Institute to receive the preferred rate. For online reservations, go to www.sfpalace.com/pli to receive the preferred rate.

Due to high demand we recommend reserving hotel rooms as early as possible.

PLI programs qualify for credit in all states that require mandatory continuing legal education for attorneys. Please be sure to check with your state and the credit calculator to the right for details.


Please check the CLE Calculator above each product description for CLE information specific to your state.

Special Note: In New York, newly admitted attorneys may receive CLE credit only for attendance at "transitional" programs during their first two years of admission to the Bar. Non-traditional course formats such as on-demand web programs or recorded items, are not acceptable for CLE credit. Experienced attorneys may choose to attend and receive CLE credit for either a transitional course or for one geared to experienced attorneys.  All product types, including on-demand web programs and recorded items, are approved for experienced attorneys.

Please Note: The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. PLI programs may qualify for credit based on the requirements outlined in the MCLE Regulations and Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. Rule 45.

If you have already received credit for attending some or the entire program, please be aware that state administrators do not permit you to accrue additional credit for repeat viewing even if an additional credit certificate is subsequently issued.

Credit will be granted only to the individual on record as the purchaser unless alternative arrangements (prearranged groupcast) are made in advance.

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