Partner Jane M. Williams of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP recently presented at a joint conference of two of Pennsylvania’s foremost organizations supporting students with diverse needs. “Promoting Resilience in All Learners” was the theme of the 2019 conference of the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children (PACEC), and the International Dyslexia Association, Pennsylvania Branch. The event was held October 18th and 19th at the Philadelphia Marriott West in West Conshohocken, PA.

 

Williams co-presented a session with fellow attorney Liliana Yazno-Bartle entitled “A School District and Parent Attorney Playing Nicely in the Special Education Sandbox: 10 Soft Skills to Facilitate Collaboration and Avoid Litigation.” The program discussed how due process hearings can be financially, physically and emotionally exhausting on all parties, and how parents and school districts can foster a mutually beneficial relationship through communication, collaboration and trust.

 

The PACEC is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities through advocacy, standards and professional development. The PBIDA is a non-profit organization that champions individuals with dyslexia and all students learning to read.

 

With over 25 years in practice, Jane Williams is among the most experienced attorneys in Pennsylvania currently representing school entities in special education and student matters. She provides both proactive and defensive representation in all phases of special education litigation. She is a well-regarded speaker and consultant on special education and other education law-related topics and is a past president of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association.