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Subj:    THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE, VOL. II, NO. 5 (FEB. 9, 1999)
Date:    2/8/99 10:28:52 PM Pacific Standard Time
From:    webmaster@wrightslaw.com (Pam + Pete Wright)
Sender:    owner-special-ed-advocate@wrightslaw.com
To:    special-ed-advocate@wrightslaw.com

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The Special Ed Advocate

The Online Newsletter About

Special Education and the Law

February 8, 1999 Vol. II, No. 5

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We publish this newsletter occasionally, when time permits. Back issues
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1. NEW ARTICLE: "PRIMER ON LEGAL RESEARCH" by Stacy Stern, Esq.

2. NEW LETTER TO WRIGHTSLAW: "What Can I Do To Prepare for a Due Process
Hearing?"

Learn Why a Vermont Advocate says "I take direction from Otis the Wonder
Dog regarding the chase: If you do not plan and organize the pursuit,
you are likely to wind up as road kill."

3. LETTER TO WRIGHTSLAW: MARYLAND MOM IS SPED!

"If you and the other advocacy sites will keep on showing us parents in
the trenches that we can succeed, then - like our kids - we will."

4. EDITOR'S CHOICE: LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING

5. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

6. CONTACT INFORMATION
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1. NEW ARTICLE: "PRIMER ON LEGAL RESEARCH" BY STACY STERN, ESQ.

The COPAA Conference inspired us.

Effective advocates must learn how to do legal research - so we added
"Primer on Legal Research" to the site. This article, written by Stacy
Stern of FindLaw, includes dozens of excellent links. The article begins
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"The Internet is becoming the best library ever with vast amounts of
information available at only a click of the mouse away. While the
information on the Internet often can seem unorganized and unwieldy,
useful tools and guides are constantly being developed and improved to
aid online research. There are a couple of basic approaches for finding
information on the Web. Each approach has advantages and disadvantages.
The more you use the Web for research, the more efficient you will
become at locating information."

The article includes information about -

** Indexes & Search Engines **

** LawCrawler **

** Searching Within a Page **

** Finding Specific Information Online **

** Codes, Case Law, Regulations **

** Law Journals, Treatises, Commentary **

** Mailing Lists and Usenet Groups **

** People, Agencies, Organizations **

** Legal News **

"There are several great sources of fresh legal news online. FindLaw
provides legal news updated online day and night in our Legal News
section. We have links to news sites, both legal and general, in our
News and Reference section. Law Journal Extra, Lawyers Weekly and Court
TV are other good sources of legal news on the Web."

"Hands on experience is the best way to get good at finding resources
online. Whether you are surfing with a purpose or just for fun, your
time online should prove useful for future searches. FindLaw offers
online continuing legal education courses on finding law on the Internet
for those interested in becoming more familiar with some of the
excellent legal resources on the Net."

To read this article, and check out the links to research sites, go to

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/primer_legal_research_9902.html

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2. LETTER TO WRIGHTSLAW: "I NEED TO REQUEST A HEARING . . ."

"I need to request a due process hearing. What should I do to prepare?"

Here is some excellent advice from a Vermont advocate -

"I take direction from Otis the Wonder Dog regarding the chase: If you
do not plan and organize the pursuit, you are likely to wind up as road
kill."

"Your job is to present your case in an organized manner that gives the
decision maker enough good factual information to reach a conclusion in
your favor. For purposes of planning and organization, I suggest that
you assume the decision maker (even if an employee of the school
district) can and will make an objective decision based on the facts of
the case."

To learn how to prepare a case, go to

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/ltrs/ltr_advocate_prepare_case_9902.htm

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3. LETTER TO WRIGHTSLAW: MARYLAND MOM IS SPED!

Dear Pete and Pam Wright:

I am the mother of a profoundly language learning disabled 15 year old
and have been battling the system for 8 years. I was recently involved
in a dispute with the school. With information from your site and good
legal representation, our nightmare will end soon.

We have successfully gotten the local system cited by the state twice in
key issues. My son is now in a Blue Ribbon School and is getting the
best program in his school career.

This could not have been accomplished without information from your
site, LD Online -

http://www.ldonline.org/

And a copy of IDEA-97 from the U. S. Department of Education's IDEA
site, AND a state Department of Education that is really interested in
the kid's welfare.

Most of all, the knowledge that you can fight the Big Boys and win if
you are determined enough and do your homework is a source of
empowerment when the chips are down. It is important to know more than
the school personnel (sometimes this is not hard) and not be afraid to
quote the law and stick by your guns.

If you and the other advocacy sites will keep on showing us parents in
the trenches that we can succeed, then - like our kids - we will.

I made up a acronym for Special Education Mothers: SPED Moms.

S=Seriously, P=Persistent, E=Eternally, D=Dedicated.

Look out for us!

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4. EDITOR'S CHOICE: LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING

1. "Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law" by Stephen Elias
& Susan Levinkind.

A step-by-step guide: learn what's in a law library and how to use it;
find and update statutes, regulations & cases; how to explore online
resources; practice legal skills in the library; write a legal
memorandum.

2. "The Elements of Legal Writing" by Martha Faulk & Irving M. Mehler.

This easy-to-use primer lays out 135 principles of clear writing,
dictation, tone, grammar, syntax, organization, and format.

Filled with illustrations and before-and-after examples from the legal
world, the book is both a welcome refresher for the practicing lawyer
and an indispensable reference for anyone in the legal profession.

You can find more information about these books at the Advocate's
Bookstore

http://www.wrightslaw.com/bkstore/bks_law.htm

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6. CONTACT INFORMATION

Pete and Pam Wright
c/o The Special Ed Advocate
P. O. Box 1008
Deltaville, VA 23043
Phone: 804-257-0857

Web site: http://www.wrightslaw.com
Email: webmaster@wrightslaw.com

Copyright 1999, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright. All rights
reserved. The resources at this web site are copyrighted by the authors
and/or publisher. They may be used for non-commercial purposes only.
They may not be redistributed for commercial purposes without the
express written consent of Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright.
Appropriate credit should be given to these resources if they are
reproduced in any form.

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