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Law Conference Overview

We had another successful law conference and thank those who attended! The materials from Walsh-Gallegos are protected under copyrights, so we are unable to post those. However, please see below for Dr. Pasternack's slide presentations.

High Plains Regional Education Cooperative #3 is pleased to offer its annual Special Education Law Conference. This highly-regarded professional development opportunity will support your district-wide and site-based efforts toward improved outcomes for students with disabilities. 

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. In addition, our special guest will be Dr. Robert H. Pasternack, PH.D.

About the Presenters

We welcome Elena M. Gallegos and Lorie Gerkey from the Walsh Gallegos Law Firm. Ms. Gallegos, a New Mexico native, has practiced law with Walsh Gallegos for more than 25 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. Learn more about the Walsh Gallegos attorneys, Elena M. Gallegos and Lorie Gerkey. 

We also welcome the Honorable Robert H. Pasternack, PH.D, the former New Mexico State Director of Special Education. Dr. Pasternack went on to serve as assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education from 2001 to 2004. Learn more about Dr. Robert H. Pasternack.

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!


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The cost is $375.00 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 $375.00 registration fee for cancellations after September 9, 2019. Refunds prior to September 9, 2019, 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.