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Clark Hill Attorneys John Gierak and Sarah Geddes presented at the 2013 MAASE Summer Institute

August 16, 2013

Birmingham, MI – Clark Hill Attorneys John Gierak and Sarah Geddes presented at the 2013 Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (MAASE) Summer Institute August 12 – 15th at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, MI. Presentation topics included Balancing Safety with FAPE: Student Discipline and IDEA’s “Special Circumstances” Provisions; and Appropriate Transition Planning for Students with Autism: A Primer and Update on Recent Litigation. They also co-presented on an attorney panel answering questions on special education issues.

John L. Gierak co-chairs Clark Hill’s Education and Municipal Practice Group, and focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law and education law. John represents public and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including contract negotiations, as well as acting as general counsel and special education counsel for school districts.

Sarah Geddes is an Associate in Clark Hill’s Education and Municipal Law Practice Group in the firm’s Birmingham office. Sarah has experience in government relations and education law and litigation, representing clients in a wide variety of educational matters, including special education, student discipline, FERPA, FOIA and policy matters.

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