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The Essentials of Special Education Law in Ohio: A Primer for Representing Clients at an IDEA Due Process Hearing

Total Credits: 3 including 0 Attorney Professional Conduct

Civil Rights |  Government Law |  Public Law |  Special Education Law
Ronald E. Alexander
3 Hours
Audio and Video


This seminar, presented by Attorney Ronald E. Alexander, who has served as an Impartial Hearing Office for the Ohio Department of Education for four decades, will focus on the hearing process to adjudicate the rights of children with a disability to receive a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) and the rights of parents and schools in those hearings. Attorney Alexander is one of only eleven attorneys who have attained Specialty Certification in Administrative Agency Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. The program will address federal and Ohio statutes and administrative agency rules that govern these hearings, and provide and excellent overview of hearings regarding the education of a child with a disability.  The seminar originally took place at the Akron Bar Association on 9/27/17.   


Topics include:

Overview of federal Acts that granted Children with a Disability to Right to a FAPE:
Historical Perspective; Relationship of federal and Ohio law; School’s Obligation to Identify and Evaluate Children with a Disability; Stay-Put; IEPs 


The Hearing Process:
Jurisdiction of Impartial Hearing Officers to Decide Complaints by a Parent or School; Complaint Process; Mediation and Resolution Process; Settlement Agreements; Timelines; Due Process Hearing


Due Process Hearings, Cont’d, and Related Matters:
Due Process Hearing (cont’d); Disciplining a Child with a Disability; Manifestation Determination; Expedited Hearing Process; Extended School Year; Statute of Limitations;  Remedies; Attorneys’ Fees.






Ronald E. Alexander's Profile

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LL.M. (Securities Law) (1978)                                                                                                                                                                                            

University of Pennsylvania College of Law


Resident Fellow (twelve months), University of Pennsylvania Center of Study of Financial Institutions and Securities Markets      (1972-1973)                                                                           

J.D. – The Ohio State University College of Law (1971)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

B.A. (History) - The Ohio State University (1968)                                                                                                                                                                              




OSBA Certified Specialist in Administrative Agency Law.   One of only ten Ohio attorneys who have achieved OSBA Specialty Certification in Administrative Agency Law.




Admissions: Ohio

         Federal Court, Northern District of Ohio


Current Positions:


Impartial Hearing Officer (“IHO”) for the Ohio Department of Education (“ODE”) for four decades, and presided over 250 Due Process hearings.  An IHO’s written decisions include findings of fact and conclusions of law.  Many of my decisions are available on the ODE’s website.


Referee, Teacher Termination Hearings, R.C. 3319.16


Hearing Examiner, Ohio Division of Securities


Hearing Officer, Ohio Division of Liquor Control


Hearing Examiner, Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensure


Hearing Examiner, Ohio Department of Commerce Medical Marijuana Program


Hearing Officer, Summit County Combined General Health District


Arbitrator, FINRA


Arbitrator, Summit County Common Pleas Courts




Board Member of the OSBA’s Administrative Agency Law Certification Board (appointed in 2010 for six-year term; appointed for second term beginning 2017).


Chairman, OSBA’s Administrative Law Committee (2012-2014).


Seminar Planner for several of the OSBA’s Annual Administrative Law Seminars, including the OSBA’s Fifth (2015), Sixth (2016), Seventh (2017) and Eighth (2018) Annual Administrative Law Seminars.


State Level Review Officer (“SLRO”) for Ohio Department of Education (2008-2009).


Roster of Neutrals, Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB) (2014-2018)


Hearing Officer, Trumbull County Board of Health (2012).


Hearing Officer, Ohio Casino Control Commission


Legislative Counsel to the Ohio General Assembly’s House and Senate Committees on Financial Institutions, Legislative Service Commission. (1971-1972)


Superintendent of Ohio Division of Building and Loan Associations. (1974-1975)


Tenured law professor, University of Akron School of Law (1973-1984) (Outstanding Professor of Law Award – 1984) – courses taught included Administrative Law, Law and Medicine Seminar, Securities Law, Corporations, Business Planning.


Adjunct Professor – NEOUCOM College of Medicine – Law and Medicine Seminar


Adjunct Professor - Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine –  Law and Medicine Seminar


Stow City Councilman, 1996-2009 - served as chairman of various committees of Council and elected three times as President of Council.


Frequent CLE speaker, including presentations at the OSBA’s Annual Administrative Law Seminar and for the Akron Bar Association.

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