Rose McHugh to Speak at Educational Law Association Conference

New Britain, PA – Rose E. McHugh of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP is scheduled to be a speaker at the 69th Annual Education Law Association Conference in the Reno-Tahoe region. The conference will take place at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, from October 25-28, 2023.

The conference offers sessions for education and dialogue on a wide range of topics, including school choice, finance, governance, safety, special education, higher education and student/teacher rights. It is geared toward K-12 school administrators, attorneys, teachers, students, and journalists who write on topics related to education.

McHugh’s session, “Meaningful Parent Participation: What Does ‘Whatever Action Necessary to Ensure that the Parent Understands’ Mean?” will take place on October 27th from 1:15-2:15 p.m. While meaningful parent participation is important in the student IEP process, there is lack of clear guidance on what exactly is required. McHugh, who represents school entities, and co-presenter Tanya A. Alvarado, Esq., who represents students and families, will discuss the IDEA requirements and recent case law, including the additional attention that must be paid when parents and guardians are not native English language speakers.

An associate at Sweet Stevens, McHugh centers her practice in the areas of special education and student services. Before joining the firm, she spent several years with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, most recently serving as interim chief of the Juvenile Division, where she supervised the work of other attorneys and liaised with members of the judiciary to efficiently adjudicate criminal prosecutions.