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Education and School Law Society

Education and School Law Society
Week of April 13, 2009

ESLS Practitioners Panel

The Education and School Law Society will be hosting a Practitioners Panel on April 15th at 3PM, in room C50.  This is a fantastic chance to talk to people who actually practice education and school law on a day to day basis!  We have speakers from small, medium-sized, and large law firms, as well as both student and district "sides."  Further information on the speakers is provided below-- but suffice to say that if you've got questions about practicing school law or how to get work in the school law niche, our speakers almost certainly have answers!

Food will be provided!

Education and School Law Society Practitioners Panel
April 15, 2009
3:00 p.m.
Room C50

Speaker Bios

MATTHEW D. COHEN is co-founder of the firm Monahan & Cohen. He is well known for his work in special education law and has extensive experience in health care and mental health law. He has been the principal litigator in a number of important special education cases and is the primary or collaborating author of several amendments to the mental health and special education laws of Illinois. In 1997, he was invited to the White House to participate in the signing ceremony for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997, in recognition of his participation in the process leading to passage of that legislation. Mr. Cohen has lectured nationally on a wide variety of special education topics, as well as on mental health and confidentiality law and has authored numerous articles on these subjects. He has represented or consulted with hospitals, residential treatment centers, community mental health centers, agencies, police social workers and private health care, social services and education practitioners. For more about Mr. Cohen, please see:

NANCY FREDMAN KRENT is a partner at Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn. She has concentrated her practice in school law for more than 15 years, with special emphasis on litigation, special education, employment discrimination and other personnel matters.  She is an officer and former chairman of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.  As chairman, she served as an ex officio member of the NSBA Board of Directors.  She also has chaired the Council's publications committee and Urban Law Forum. Ms. Krent has taught public school law, and is a frequent lecturer for the Council of School Attorneys.  She is co-author of NSBA monographs on the Americans with Disabilities Act, selecting a school attorney, and sexual harassment.  For more about Ms. Krent, please see:

AMY K. DICKERSON is an associate at Franczek, Radelet & Rose.  She represents school districts with respect to general matters of education law, including student rights and responsibilities, student discipline, special education, and general board counseling issues. She served as the law clerk for the Hon. Morton Denlow, United States Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Illinois.  Ms. Dickerson is the author of “One Family in Two Courts: Coordination in Illinois’ Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts,” 37 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 571-615 (2006), “The Social Impact of Schools on Adolescent Mental Health” (B.A. Thesis), and co-author of “Child Welfare Consent Decrees: Analysis of Thirty-Five Court Actions from 1995-2005.”  For more about Ms. Dickerson, please see:


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