Private School Funding: What You Need to Know for Students with Disabilities Seeking Funding Under the IDEA

(74 Ratings)

Produced on: August 08, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

A diagnosis as a student with a disability doesn't necessarily equal entitlement to funding at a private school. For students with disabilities and their caretakers, there are many steps and prerequisites required in order to prevail in a tuition reimbursement case, even with the protections afforded under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

This program, presented by Eileen Libutti, will review the protections of the IDEA that relate to prospective funding and tuition reimbursement. She will review the federal case law that established the standards or "prongs" in these cases and give a practical outline of the approach to hearings in these cases.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the classifications under the IDEA, and the protection afforded to these students
  2. Analyze the 3-prong test established by the caselaw in this arena
  3. Gain awareness of the preparation required before placing a student in a private school
  4. Discuss the critical elements and components of a due process hearing



Faculty

Eileen Libutti

Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP

Eileen Libutti is the managing partner of the firm’s New York City office. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, her practice includes the representation of physicians, other health care providers and hospitals for claims of malpractice from inception through trial. She also represents corporate entities and handles cases involving claims of general negligence. Eileen is the founding partner of the Special Education Practice Group where she and her team represent children with special needs and their families throughout due process proceedings to secure effective and appropriate individualized educational services.

Prior to joining Lewis Johs, Eileen was associated with a large Long Island law firm, where she worked in the litigation department handling all aspects of cases involving claims of medical malpractice and casualty defense. Earlier in her career, she worked as an intern for the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, where she researched and drafted legal memoranda for use in the Court’s opinions. She also gained experience working for the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She has spoken before the American Trial Lawyers Association annual convention on the topic of Cross Examination in Malpractice Cases, the New York State Trial Lawyers, Long Island’s Women’s Symposium, and the Excess Lines Association of New
York.

Eileen was admitted to practice law in New York in 1992 and New Jersey in 1991. She was also admitted to the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1991. She is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, the Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute. She is also a past President of the Long Beach Lawyers Association.

Eileen Libutti received her Juris Doctor Degree from New York Law School in 1991 and she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston University in 1988. In 2003, Eileen was honored as one of Long Island’s 40 rising stars under the age of 40, received the Leadership Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and was awarded the Jurisperitus Award from the Court Officers Benevolent Association of Nassau County. Eileen is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in the federal courts of Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

Eileen Libutti was named to Super Lawyers 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.




Reviews

VJ
Van J.

Especially helpful understanding the obligations of parents.

RK
Raymond K.

The speaker or for examples of good practical advice. Jupiter

MC
Mary C.

Instructor was very knowledgeable.

DW
Donna W.

This faculty was so knowledgeable and informative! I have a special needs child (now a young adult); I know that the lecture and materials are spot on and so clear!

MW
Matthew W.

Very informative!

DH
Diane H.

Great content and tips

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