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Special Education Law in Connecticut

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Mark J. Sommaruga, is with the law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC. Mark has provided legal counsel to Connecticut municipalities and school boards, other public sector clients, and private sector clients for more than 25 years. His extensive experience with these clients includes labor, employment, education, civil rights, special education, municipal law, construction law, tort matters, worker’s compensation, and assorted other litigation in the state and federal courts on both the trial and appellate court levels, as well as before various state and federal agencies such as the State of Connecticut and U.S. Departments of Education. He routinely counsels school district clients on a wide variety of education law issues relating to student discipline, special education, discrimination, abuse/neglect, residency/school accommodations, and policy review. He has been a presenter at numerous workshops, seminars and conferences on municipal, education, special education, labor and employment law issues, including those sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He is a frequent presenter at the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education’s annual convention. Mark has written numerous articles on employment law and school law issues in various trade journals and newsletters and is the author of Understanding the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act and Access to Public Meeting and Records (Fourth Edition, 2013).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mark Sommaruga is a member of Pullman & Comley, LLC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Mark Sommaruga is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association; Hartford County Bar Association; National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys; and Connecticut Council of School Attorneys.


Michael P. McKeon is with the law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC. He represents boards of education, municipalities and private-sector employers across Connecticut in both federal and state courts on both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before federal and state boards and commissions. An attorney for almost 30 years, he is a member of the School Law Section of the firm’s Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department. Michael has established new case law in Connecticut in the areas of special education and Title IX. The favorable decisions he has obtained for Connecticut school districts have been cited by courts across the country and have been widely reported in The Hartford Courant, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Connecticut Law Tribune, as well as in television news reports. Mike is a frequent speaker on education issues, including on the national level at both the National School Boards Association’s annual conference and the Council of School Attorney’s annual conference. Attorney McKeon has repeatedly spoken at the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education’s annual convention on special education law, gender equality in student athletics, and both gender and disability-based student harassment, and regularly presents at Connecticut Council of Administrators of Special Education forums. He has served as a hearing officer in Section 504 hearings.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Michael McKeon is a member of Pullman & Comley, LLC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Michael McKeon is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association; Hartford County Bar Association; and Connecticut and National Councils of School Attorneys.
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