Fall 2001 (V. 1, N. 2)
education law is an exciting, rapidly developing area of law.
Each issue of The Beacon focuses on a theme and includes practical and theoretical articles. We think you will enjoy Observations from the Transom, a new column by our managing editor.
the next issue, we will tackle "Battles of Expert Witnesses. The
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Our goal is to publish useful, readable content. If you are interested in special education law and practice, we think you will enjoy The Beacon.
Theme: The Paper Chase
issue of The Beacon includes articles by several attorneys and
advocates about how to organize, manage and use documents in special
education litigation. Although each contributor developed different
approaches, you will learn that they agree on several key issues.
The articles in this issue of The Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice were selected to help you organize, manage and use documents.
Choreography of Trial Preparation, trial attorney Barbara Ebenstein
describes choreography, music, and trial preparation as creative endeavors.
Instead movement or music, the litigator uses the medium of information
from documents and the testimony of witnesses.
In The Toy Box, attorney Lisa Chaldize describes cases as stories to be told. Instead of a single narrator, stories are told in different words and by different people. Ms Chaldize explains that documents can help you orchestrate these voices so they tell the story fluently, without duplication or disharmony. Ms. Chaldize describes how you can use documents that "scream negligence or bad faith." Read article
Do Documents Speak for Themselves? If you examine documents carefully, you are likely to find the battle-winning theme of your case. Learn to organize documents, recognize common fact-finding blunders, collect all records from all sources, and avoid "case-killer" arguments. Read article
Paper Trails: Documents, Exhibit Lists and Due Process Hearings. Pete Wright describes a systematic, step-by-step approach to organizing and maintaining documents generated in special education litigation from the initial interview through pre-trial preparation. Read article
Observations from the Transom Do you know the origin of the term "tied up in red tape"? Do you know who invented "Whiteout" - and why? For humor and a change of pace, read Observations from the Transom by managing editor Brice Palmer.
From the Editor
issues of The Beacon will focus on damages, class action litigation,
documents and education records, and revisiting FAPE. We welcome article
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