Merry Rhoades Presents Illinois Special Education Case Law Update Sponsored by Illinois State Bar Association.

Nov 1, 2006

Attorneys from Tueth Keeney often contribute their time and talents on a voluntary basis to educate and inform their colleagues. Tueth Keeney shareholder Merry Rhoades was a featured presenter at the legal seminar “Special Education: A Review of the Basics of Due Process” sponsored by the Education Law Section and co-sponsored by the Administrative Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association.

The legal seminar was held on November 1, 2006 in Springfield, Illinois. In her presentation, Merry discussed issues such as which party has the burden of persuasion in special education proceedings, the recovery of expert witness fees in special education proceedings, and services to be provided to privately-enrolled special education students.

The Education Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association is a statewide organization devoted to assisting lawyers practicing in the area of education law. Included within its mission is to monitor and disseminate information to the legal community regarding recent developments in the area of education law.

Merry C. Rhoades focuses her practice on general counsel services with an emphasis on special education law and student-related issues, school district reorganization matters and tax and finance matters. Because of her more than 20 years experience in representing Illinois public school districts, she has key insights regarding the day-to-day operation of the school district. She has extensive experience in special education administrative hearings, civil rights litigation, state and federal court litigation at the trial and appellate levels, and state administrative hearings.

Merry is an active member of several school related organizations. She is a member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys Executive Committee and currently serves as its 1st Vice Chairperson and she is a service member to the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA). She serves as an Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) PRESS advisory committee member. Merry has been asked to speak for such organizations as the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE), the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), the Illinois Principal’s Association (IPA) and the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) on numerous school related issues.

Tueth Keeney is proud to be one of the state’s largest Illinois education law practices. The firm has one of the most experienced groups of attorneys in Central and Southern Illinois dedicated to serving public schools. We regularly represent nearly 150 public school districts, including many districts in Central and Southern Illinois. Our Firm is also regularly appointed by insurers of educational institutions to represent districts in complex or difficult cases involving school or civil rights laws.