April 5, 2011
Special Education Advocacy by Ruth Colker and Julie Waterstone
I received an advance copy of Special Education Advocacy by Professors Ruth Colker and Julie Waterstone (LexisNexis 2011) and all I can say is "Wow."
This book fills a huge whole in special education scholarship. The book is not about cases or about legal theory. Rather, it is a "how to book." It is clearly designed for students in a special education clinic, but lawyers will find this book just as useful. It discusses due process complaints and provides an example. It also discusses common due process issues including the authority of hearing officers to issue remedies. The book also a useful appendix which include the IDEA, its regulations and excerpts from leading special ed decisions.
The book is softcover and is reasonably priced, around $60. It is not yet up on LexisNexis web site or available from Amazon.com. If you practice in this area or are thinking about practicing in this area, this is a must have book.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein