The Pepperdine School of Law Special Education Advocacy Clinic hosted the Special Education Law Symposium: Examining the IDEA in Theory and Practice in February with various panel topics that ranged from social and behavioral issues to the effects of gender and race.
The daylong event included six panels with 14 key experts in the field, each with a focus on discussing the elements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as the rule of law and its relationship with, and obligations to, special education. Additional topics included the role of socioeconomic status in special education and its tie with race and gender.
Students and alumni alike were involved in and invited to the symposium, which was the first of its kind to be hosted by Pepperdine.
“The students were intricately involved in the planning, preparation, and activities of the conference,” said Richard Peterson, director of the Pepperdine School of Law Special Education Advocacy Clinic and assistant professor of law. “It was a great opportunity for them to not only enhance their knowledge and understanding of the law, but also to meet with the people who author the treatises they use in their study of the law, as well as network with local practitioners who are potential employers in the future.”