Special Education Law Workshop; CSE's & IEP's
Saturday, May 4th
11 Laurel Lane
Levittown, NY 11756
Special Education Law Workshop: CSE's & IEPS
Saturday May 4th, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: The ELIJA School, 11 Laurel Lane, Levittown NY 11756
Presented by: Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C.
Christina D. Thivierge, Esq., Randi M. Rothberg, Esq. & Katharine Giudice, Esq., Debora Thiverge, BCaBA, CBAA ELIJA
This interactive workshop will outline the important components of an IEP and CSE meetings, and the special education laws that protect the rights of students with disabilities. Workshop leaders will discuss ways to proactively address parent concerns and provide tools and strategies to support future IEP and CSE meetings.
Christina D. Thivierge, Esq., Thivierge & Rothberg P.C.
Christina Thivierge is a co-founding partner and principal in the law firm of Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C., a private law firm in New York City that concentrates on special education cases. Formerly, Christina was the Senior Associate at Mayerson & Associates where she handled special education matters (primarily for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities). Christina received her Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York School of Law and her Bachelors degree from Central Connecticut State University. Christina is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as a number of federal Courts of Appeal. In addition to litigating due process matters in New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Alaska, Christina has extensive federal court experience and has argued and presented dispositive motions and matters of first impression.
Randi M. Rothberg, Esq., Thivierge & Rothberg P.C.
Randi Rothberg is a co-founding partner and principal in the law firm of Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C. Randi previously served as the Associate attorney at a prominent New York law firm that concentrates on special education cases, as well as an Associate attorney at a general practice/defense litigation firm. Randi received her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and her Bachelors degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. During law school, Randi was a published member of the CARDOZO WOMEN'S LAW JOURNAL Executive Board ("Not As Simple As Learning the ABC's: A Comment on Owasso Independent School District No. I-011 v. Falvo and the State of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act," 9 CARDOZO WOMEN'S LAW JOURNAL 27 (2002)).
A recipient of the David Berg and Charles H. Revson Fellowships, Randi previously interned at the renowned Innocence Project and a small private law firm (where she concentrated on civil rights litigation). She also participated in the Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women's "uncontested divorce" program, through which she assisted an attorney at Sanctuary for Families. Also during law school, Randi was competitively selected for the Brechner Fellowship, through which she worked at the Anti-Defamation League.
Katharine Giudice, Esq., Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C.
Katharine is an Associate at Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C. She received her Juris Doctorate from St. John's University School of Law in 2012 and her Bachelors degree in Legal Studies, summa cum laude, from St. John's University in 2009. During law school, Katharine wrote for the JOURNAL OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and her article, "Policing the Cyber-Playground: Massachusetts Legislature Responds to Fatal Effects of Cyber-bullying," which discusses the constitutionality of anti-bullying laws, was selected for forthcoming publication.
Katharine has held judicial internships in New York Family Court, New York State Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, where she conducted extensive legal research, drafted opinions, and learned about the inner working of the judicial system. Pursuant to a Student Practice Order, she worked for the St. Vincent de Paul Elder Law Clinic, assisting in the representation of low-income senior citizens in Queens with various legal issues including deed theft, home foreclosures, credit-card debt, HAMP modifications, and home improvement scams.
After undergraduate coursework in "Students with Disabilities," Katharine first gained experience in special education law while interning for a Long Island firm which represents school districts. Equipped with the desire to advocate for children, she joined Thivierge & Rothberg as a Legal Intern in June 2011, and has enjoyed working on behalf of parents and students ever since.
Debora Thivierge, BCaBA, CBAA, Executive Director & Founder of ELIJA Foundation, School, Farm
Debora received her BA in Sociology from Hofstra University and is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She serves as the Executive Director and Founder of The ELIJA School, Founder of The ELIJA Foundation, the ELIJA Farm, and ELIJA's Transition Program and Services (TPS). Debora has volunteered her time to numerous Autism groups such as Nassau County’s Department of Health Early Intervention Coordinating Council, New York State Association of Behavior Analysis, Nassau County Autism Coalition run by the County Executive and served as a board member of The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) for 5 years. She was appointed to the New York State Licensure Board for Applied Behavior Analysis in 2014 and served until 2018, when she stepped down to advocate for the advancement of the field in ABA. For the past 18 years, she has been providing advocacy to families and conducted training workshops to promote evidence based instruction for families and educators who have been touched by Autism. She has a 20 year old son with Autism.
Saturday, May 4th
11 Laurel Lane
Levittown, NY 11756