Tara L. Moffett, a partner with Girvin & Ferlazzo, will be presenting at an in-depth seminar titled IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop as part of the National Business Institute (NBI) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program. The course is aimed at providing school administrators, special education teachers and attorneys with the skills they need to create legally compliant IEPs and Section 504 plans and implement them. It will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY area on Friday, September 20th from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Continue reading to learn more about the program and register today on the NBI website.

Program Description

IEPs and 504 plans are legal documents developed in concert with special education law and guidance as set forth under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  These plans are essential tools to ensure positive outcomes for students with disabilities in the school setting, based on their unique learning needs, abilities and challenges. Participation in this seminar will help attendees strengthen their understanding of these two disability laws, and the process and procedures associated with meeting the requirements of identifying, evaluating, developing and implementing IEPs and 504 plans while protecting the rights and entitlements of students with disabilities. 

Tara L. Moffett, an experienced attorney in the areas of education law and disability law, will be joining two other attorneys, Frank G. Barile and Veronica Reed for the Albany presentation.  This basic-to-intermediate level program is aimed to help attorneys and anyone who works with special needs students in schools learn to create legally compliant IEPs and 504 plans.

The program will cover the following topics:

  • Identifying and applying the correct law to protect the needs of a student with a disability.  
  • Developing high quality IEPs while meeting procedural and substantive requirements of the IDEA
  • Understanding how to conduct IEP meetings and who should be included in the planning process.
  • Creating and implementing Section 504 plans which remove barriers and ensure access to school programs, services and activities for students with disabilities. 
  • How to handle situations where an IEP is not working and needs to be modified.
  • Protecting the rights of students with disabilities in the context of disciplinary proceedings. 
  • Understanding and developing meaningful Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans 


Tara L. Moffett will be speaking in the morning from 9:00 am-11:00 am on the following topics: 

  • IDEA or Section 504? Determining eligibility under both laws
  • Developing and implementing 504 plans and how to ensure a level playing field 

For a more detailed description of the full Albany seminar agenda,  please visit the NBI website

Girvin & Ferlazzo Attorneys At Law

Our law firm is proud to provide Albany and the surrounding area with high-quality legal advocacy and counsel — including providing continuing education courses for other professionals in the field. Sign up for the education law seminar with Tara L. Moffett here.

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