High Plains Regional Education Cooperative
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Law Conference Overview

HPREC and its member districts mourn the loss of Melinda Jacobs, Esquire, who passed away on May 12, 2018. Melinda devoted her entire legal career to the field of special education law.

It goes without saying that any future conference will not be the same without Melinda. However, we realize that she would want all of us to continue in our collaborative efforts to support students and staff. 

Therefore, High Plains Regional Education Cooperative #3 is pleased to announce that the Walsh Gallegos Law Firm has agreed to present at this year’s conference. Elena M. Gallegos, Eric G. Rodriguez, and Lorie Gerkey are highly sought after attorneys who will provide participants with the latest in compliance guidance, best practices, and legal insight in areas that impact your special education program. You can find out more about our presenters by reading their bios.

The conference location has been changed, as the hotel was no longer able to accommodate the conference. It will now be held at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in Albuquerque, NM on September 25 - 26, 2018.

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, we invite anyone interested in learning more about special education law to register and attend!


Each year, participants are provided with up-to-date information on special education's hottest topics. This year's tentative topics include:

  • Lessons Learned from Cases in 17-18
  • Beyond Endrew F - Practical Guidance
  • Transfer Students with Disabilities
  • The Collision of Individual Rights in Schools
  • Legally Navigating the SAT, Section 504, and IDEA process.

The cost is $350.00 per person; we will not consider your registration complete until HPREC receives a check, money order, or purchase order. We will hold seats for 10 days and released for non-payment. Districts/agencies will be charged the $350.00 registration fee for cancellations after September 9, 2018. Refunds prior to September 9, 2018, will include a $20.00 processing fee. We will allow substitute registrations.

  • Mailing Address
    HPREC, 101 North 2nd, Raton, NM 87740
  • Fax (for purchase orders)
  • Meals
    • We will provide a continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. 

  • New this year! We have two giveaways:
    • Two iPads
    • Four $100 Amazon Gift Cards

Questions? Email Marisa Aguirre, Mary Sciacca, or call HPREC at 575-445-7090.