Mayerson & Associates invests in the continuing professional development opportunities that keep the firm and its personnel on the cutting edge for the protection and benefit of our client families. In March, our firm sponsored and attended the 20th annual conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) in Monterrey, California. Senior Counsel Jean Marie Brescia presented a two-day advocate training seminar that was well received.
On March 23, 2018, Gary Mayerson spoke at a special education symposium sponsored and hosted by New York Law School. Gary spoke about the transformational impact of the Supreme Court’s 2017 landmark decision in Endrew F. and also had the honor of introducing the Keynote Speaker, Clifford Rowley – father of Amy Rowley– the student at the heart of the seminal Rowley decision. The Supreme Court’s 1983Rowley decision is the ruling that began to shape special education law in the U.S. Richard Marsico is a law professor at New York Law School as well as the Director of its Impact Center for Public Interest Law.
On March 23, 2018 we attended a reception at New York Law School celebrating the publication of Professor Marsico’s new textbook, Special Education Law and Practice.
On April 10, 2018, Mayerson & Associates hosted a “Meet & Greet” for State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Ranking Member of the New York State Senate Health Committee. Senator Rivera has a brother on the autism spectrum and his record shows tremendous support for the special needs population and worthy health and education-related initiatives. Gustavo has been very helpful, for example, in supporting work of the not-for-profit McCarton Foundation and the development of the McCarton Achievement Center, the first early intervention center in the Bronx designed especially for children with autism.
On May 2, 2018 , Maria McGinley and Jean Marie Brescia conducted a lunch seminar with Special Education Law students attending New York Law School, providing them with an overview of the field, answering their questions, and helping to guide them in making effective decisions about their career trajectories.
On May 8, 2018, Maria McGinley spoke as a panelist at an Autism Speaks Town Hall held at Fordham University (“Enhancing The School Experience”).
On May 30, 2018, Mayerson & Associates hosted an ABA Workshop for professionals and parents. The workshop was well attended and we plan on future workshops in the Fall.
On June 4, 2018, Jean Marie Brescia presented at the New York Bar Association on the subject of “Endrew F. and Its Progeny.”
On October 18-19, 2018, Jackie DeVore will be presenting at the Autism NJ conference with our former colleague Cristiane Bertone (BCBA, LBA). Jackie will be speaking about “Understanding Your Child’s FBA and BIP.”
On October 20, 2018, Gary Mayerson will be presenting on ethics and sexual abuse at the annual NYASP Conference in Lake Placid.
Mayerson & Associates is proud to support many of the programs, schools and services that provide quality educational programming to our clients. Over the past few months, we have been honored to support Brooklyn Autism Center (February 6th), the IDEAL School (February 26th), NYU Langone / FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) (March 5th), the Keswell School (April 24th), Manhattan Star Academy (April 25th), Center for Discovery (May 16th), Children’s Academy (May 22nd) and the Manhattan Childrens Center (June 4).