WS40: Survival Skills Toolkit for Due Process Hearings and Litigation

Friday, February 15, 2013 12:30 PM–3:30 PM


Attendees will become familiar with and gain skills in litigation involving testimony by school psychologists. Specific strategies that will be presented in lecture format include minimizing exposure to litigation, selecting and establishing an effective working relationship with an attorney, preparing materials and responding to subpoenas, responding to the credentials test, pretrial rehearsals, and delivery of testimony. Strategies for giving testimony before due process hearing officers, in depositions, and in open-court testimony will be highlighted. Recent cases in which school psychologists provided testimony in court and quasilegal proceedings (for example, mediation or due process hearings) will be discussed.


Daniel J. Reschly, NCSP, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; J. Stephen Welsh, PhD, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA