Motley Speaker Series: Encouraging Equity in Special Education (EMS221201)

Thursday, December 1, 2022

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)


This segment of the Constance Baker Motley Series on Racial Inequality isCBA-CBF-web presented by the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, in collaboration and co-sponsorship with the Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF), and James W. Cooper Fellows.

About the Program

Delivery of special education to students in Connecticut is a complex balance of interests between children, parents, schools, administrators, and government. Legal precedent and framework determine the rights and responsibilities of each participant and ultimately, the scope and quality of the special education students receive. This program explores Connecticut's special education system, the perspectives of parties involved, and the challenges and opportunities that arise in practice, all with the goal of encouraging equitable and excellent special education for all students.

You Will Learn

  • Legal history and framework that governs delivery of special education to Connecticut students
  • Rights and responsibilities of students, parents, schools, and government
  • Challenges and opportunities for improvement

Who Should Attend

Any attorney interested in learning about and examining Connecticut's special education systems.




Daniel Curtis1 Daniel Curtis
Master Public Policy Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

M Gagne1 Melissa Gagne
Laviano & Gagne LLC, Sherman

Bryan Klimkiewicz1 Bryan Klimkiewicz
Special Education Division Director, Connecticut State Department of Education, Hartford

Rebecca R Santiago1 Rebecca Rudnick Santiago
Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford


Ronald_Houde Ronald J. Houde, Jr.
Bartlett & Grippe LLC, Cheshire

CLE Credit

CT: 1.5 CLE credits (Ethics)


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