High Plains Regional Education Cooperative
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2021 High Plains REC Remote Special Education Law Conference

The conference is coming soon! Please review the information below. If you have questions, please contact Marisa Aguirre via email or call (575) 445-7090.

  • Zoom Link - Please find the email with the Walsh Gallegos Zoom link. You must register in Zoom in order to join the conference. Don't forget to check your spam folder.
  • Handouts - Please look for the handouts in your email. This will be sent out on Monday or sooner, depending on when HPREC receives them from Walsh Gallegos.
  • Certificates - Certificates will be generated and sent after the event. Please look for those within a week or so following the event.
  • Post-Event Survey - We will ask you to complete a short survey after the event. Completing the survey is one of the requirements for the drawings. It will open on October 1 and close on October 6.
  • Drawings - We will have drawings for two iPads and three Amazon gift cards ($100 each). To be eligible for the drawings, you must attend at least 90% of the conference (Zoom reports will be used) and complete the post-event survey. We will notify the winners by October 8.

High Plains Regional Education Cooperative #3 is pleased to host its annual Special Education Law Conference. 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 28–29, 2021
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom

About the Presenters

We welcome Jim Walsh, Elena M. Gallegos, and Lorie A. 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.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Gerkey spent 13 years as a special education teacher and 17 years as a student services administrator. This foundation led her to pursue a 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 are provided with up-to-date information on special education's hottest topics.

This year's topics are:

Each year, participants are provided with up-to-date information on special education's hottest topics. This year, the attorneys will be addressing MLSS, Section 504, discipline for SWD, current court cases, COVID-19 related guidance, and much more!

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