High Plains Regional Education Cooperative
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2022 High Plains REC Remote Special Education Law Conference

Registration for the 2022 High Plains Special Education Conference is open.

High Plains Regional Education Cooperative #3 is pleased to host its annual Special Education Law Conference. Presenters will be from the Walsh Gallegos Law Firm. These highly sought-after attorneys will provide participants with the latest in compliance guidance, best practices, and legal insight in areas that impact your Special Education program.

  • Dates: September 27–28, 2022
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom

About the Presenters

We welcome Jim Walsh, Elena M. Gallegos, Stephanie Mendivil, and Lorie Gerkey, attorneys from the Walsh Gallegos Law Firm.

Mr. Walsh graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1975 and is a founder of the law firm. From the beginning, the focus of the firm has been serving public schools—helping people who help kids.

Ms. Gallegos, a New Mexico native, has practiced law with Walsh Gallegos for more than 30 years. A former special education teacher, her practice emphasizes special education litigation and student issues.

Ms. Mendivil is passionate about providing legal advice and guidance to school districts. She focuses her legal practice on the representation of school districts in the areas of governance, students, and employment.

Ms. Gerkey spent 13 years as a special education teacher and 17 years as a student services administrator prior to becoming an attorney. This foundation led Lorie to pursue a second career in special education law.

Target Audience

This conference is designed for school-based teams including special and general education administrators, special and general education teachers, and related service providers. However, anyone interested in learning more about special education law is invited to register.


Each year, participants receive up-to-date information on special education's hottest topics.

  • Agenda - Forthcoming

Both days will end with the popular Q & A sessions.

If you have questions, please contact Marisa Aguirre via email or call (575) 445-7090.

Each year, participants receive receive up-to-date information on special education's hottest topics.

This year's topics include:

  • Dealing with the Dangerous Student
  • What does the Tenth Circuit have to say about Special Education?
  • Hot Button Issues for the Classroom Teacher
  • Demonstrating Legal Compliance in Special Education through Good Documentation
  • Tips from OSEP
  • Athletics and Extracurriculars under IDEA and Section 504