Nationally recognized for her expertise in special education law, Jan Tomsky draws on her seen-it-all experience, deep well of knowledge and steadfast commitment to her clients to advise them on the most difficult circumstances and achieve the best outcomes possible. Jan represents school districts in mediations, due process hearings and litigation in state and federal courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Bringing a rare combination of persuasion and finesse, she advocates for clients in disputes that often involve the most sensitive issues.
Perry A. Zirkel is university professor of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education and more recently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Laws degree from Yale University. He has done presentations in every state in the U.S. Dr. Zirkel served as co-chair of the special education review officers panel for Pennsylvania from 1990 to 2007 and currently serves as a review officer for Nevada and South Carolina. He has written more than 1,650 publications on various aspects of school law, with an emphasis on legal issues in special education. He writes regular columns for the journal Exceptionality and NASP’s Communiqué, and did so previously for Phi Delta Kappan, Principal magazine and Teaching Exceptional Children.
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Each year, TAASE is fortunate to have the country's leading special education attorneys and practitioners with us to review changes in federal regulations and the range of legal issues associated with implementing special education programs in the state's public schools.
In 2008, the TAASE board of directors voted to institute a new award: The TAASE Cup.
This award serves as a combined memorial award in memory of Richard Yoakley, Paul Coffey, Jo Bellanti, and Bruce Beaty, four individuals who demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to educating children with disabilities.
Four TAASE Cups will be awarded at the Fall Legal Conference each year, TAASE membership will nominate and vote to award one TAASE Cup to one recipient from each of the three regions of Tennessee , and one TAASE Cup will be awarded by the TAASE board.
More information and voting instructions will be sent to TAASE members via e-mail.
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