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BACKGROUND

Our firm offers a very unique blend of experience and training. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Watt was a special education teacher, program specialist for special education, assistant principal, and a principal in California public schools. Ms. Watt has also been an assistant superintendent for personnel in the Fullerton Union High School District.

The firm has provided services to school districts, special education local plan areas and consortium groups regarding legal matters with which school districts, special education local plan areas and consortium groups may find they require assistance. In the area of personnel, the firm has represented clients in negotiations, contract management, employee discipline and dismissal, and EEOC and discrimination matters. This representation has taken place at administrative hearings and in both State and Federal courts.

In the area of special education, the firm has provided preparation and representation in mediation, due process hearings, appeals at the Federal and State court level and inservices geared to staff members providing services to the special education population.

The firm also handles pupil personnel matters such as expulsion hearings and appeals.

Inservice training has been conducted throughout the state on a variety of topics. Ms. Watt was one of the creators of the inservice program “Teacher Evaluation: Do You Know the Ropes?” and has presented the program to nearly 1,900 school administrators. She has also presented inservices on child abuse reporting, suspension and expulsion for both special education and nonspecial education students, classified employee discipline and dismissal, and has provided “legal updates” as new issues emerge. Mr. Filarsky has provided inservice training on negotiating skills, file building, financial issues related to bargaining, and other current bargaining issues.

 

REPRESENTATIVE TOPICS AND INVITED CONFERENCES INCLUDE:

Annual California State Conference on Special Education
Avoiding and Preparing for Due Process
El Dorado County Office of Education - Region I Spring Conference
Legal Pitfalls in Special Education
Pupil Personnel Service Directors Retreat - Los Angeles County Office of Education
Santa Barbara County School Boards Retreat
Workshops on Teacher Evaluation
University of California at Santa Barbara Joint University and Community Seminar
Workshops on Child Abuse Reporting
Workshops on Pupil Records and Confidentiality
Yearly Legal Update for Administrators

 

   
 
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