IDEAs and Services

Consultative/Legal Services

RISE provides consultative and/or legal services on a daily, weekly, hourly or annual basis, depending upon the needs of the agency and the project at hand.  Consultative and legal services may include activities such as:

-Day-to-day advice or consultation as needed via telephonic or email consultation
-Attendance at meetings with school personnel to review potential cases and develop strategies for preventing or addressing disputes

-Review of educational files to ascertain potential legal concerns

-Attendance/representation at formal meetings -- e.g., IEP meetings, 504 team meetings

-Develop, review or revision of policies, procedures, rules or regulations, including IDEA or Section 504 procedures and manuals and/or forms 

-Assistance to school board attorneys with strategies for resolving or handling potentially or already litigious matters

-Assistance in locating and retaining nationally-recognized evaluators/experts in areas such as, but not limited to, autism, evaluation, LRE/inclusion, behavior, procedural compliance, Extended School Year Services, discipline, learning disabilities and Section 504

-Representation, if necessary, in formal proceedings, such as resolution sessions, mediation, due process hearings, court proceedings, etc.  NOTE:  Julie and Leslie are members of the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia only.  Kevin is a member of the Florida Bar and the State Bar of Georgia.  If asked to provide legal services in other jurisdictions, the applicable rules of the court, agency or applicable State Bar are followed

- IDEA/504/ADA training for educators, mediators, hearing officers, LEA Representatives or other IEP team members, parent groups, etc., including RISE-sponsored Conferences and Legal Retreats

For additional information, contact RISE, Inc. at 251-607-7377 or email Julie at, Leslie at or Kevin at


Training/Workshops for Educators and Others

RISE's attorneys are available for staff development, training or workshops to educators, mediators, hearing officers, LEA Representatives and other IEP team members or parent groups on a local and national basis.  In addition, RISE conducts its own regional conferences and local workshops. Commonly requested training programs or workshops include, but are not limited to:

LEArn & LEAd training for LEA Representatives

Hot Topics in Special Education Law/Recent Court and Agency Decisions

Addressing the Needs of Students with Mental Health Issues
Bullying and Disability Harassment

Staying out of Legal Hot Water: Practical Tips for Avoiding Special Education Legal Disputes (What to Say; What not to Say!)

Avoiding Conflict for Compliant IEP Meetings

Educating Students with Autism

The Role of Regular Education Teachers in Educating Students with Disabilities

Recent Court/Agency Decisions:  Special Education Legal Update

Extended School Year Services:  The Legal Requirements
Developing Defensible IEPs
Section 504 Myths and Realities
The Requirements of Section 504 in Light of the ADA Amendments
Child-Find Requirements, Referral Red Flags and RtI
IDEA Part C/Part B training for hearing officers and mediators 

The Rules of Discipline for Students with Disabilities and Practical Applications

Legal Requirements Related to the Development and Implementation of FBAs and BIPs

Serving Students with Disabilities in the Regular Classroom:  LRE/"Inclusion"

The Provision of Transition Services under the Law:  Is There Life After Special Education? 

Residential/Private School Placement:  Who Goes, Who Pays?
Independent Educational Evaluations:  FAQs

Other Relevant Legal Topics in Special Education

To schedule a workshop or training session, contact RISE at 251-607-7377 or email Julie at, Leslie at or Kevin at