Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities, Inc.

Jose L. Martín, J.D., Attorney at Law

Mr. Martín is a partner with the school law firm of Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas. His practice focuses exclusively on disabilities issues and litigation affecting the schools, including special education consulting and litigation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He represents dozens of public school districts in Texas, and has developed a close understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by schools in achieving compliance with state and federal disabilities laws. He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Journalism, and the University of Texas School of Law.

A background in writing and journalism has led Jose to frequent publication on various areas concerning the legal issues surrounding public schools and their disabled populations. For three years, he served as Chief Editor and Writer for the RLM Texas Disability Law Advisor, a monthly publication on disability law issues affecting Texas public schools. He currently serves as Contributing Editor to The Special Educator, an LRP Publication on special education law that has the largest circulation of any periodical of its kind in the U.S. As an avid believer in preventive legal practices, he gives numerous presentations in the above-mentioned areas, including national and regional conferences on IDEA and §504, and at hundreds of local in-services and workshops in the area of disabilities law. Jose’s speaking engagement evaluations are consistently and unanimously positive, citing his working knowledge, experience, accessibility, and humor.

Selected Publications:

“2006 IDEA Final Part B Regulations; What You Need to Know,” (113-page pamphlet co-written with David Richards, published by LRP in 2006.

“The IDEA Amendments: What You Need to Know.” (62-page pamphlet co-written with David Richards, published by LRP in 2005).

“10 Effective Strategies to Resolve Special Education Disputes Without Due Process,” (43-page pamphlet, published by LRP in 2007).

Selected Presentations:

Mr. Martin presents on a variety of topics to varied audiences throughout the United States. A few presentations are listed here as examples.

Utah Department of Education Annual Special Education Conference—Ogden, Utah—August 6, 2009 (Topics included LD Evaluations, RTI, Private School IDEA Students)

Wyoming Department of Education Annual Special Education Conference—Lander, Wyoming—July 27, 2009 (Topics included Restraint & Seclusion, and §504)

District of Columbia Conference for Assistant Attorneys General—Washington, D.C.—July 25, 2009 (Topics included special education litigation issues, anticipating due process complaints, settling special education disputes)

State Bar of Texas Conference on Juvenile Justice and Youth with Disabilities—Austin, Texas— June 19, 2009 (Topic addressed manifestation determinations in disciplinary actions under the IDEA)

LRP Annual National Institute on Educating Students with Disabilities—Las Vegas, Nevada—April 27-29 (Topics included RTI and child-find, avoiding predetermination claims)

Texas School Legal Digest/TCASE State Special Education Conferences—Arlington & San Antonio, Texas—April 15 & 20, 2009 (Topic addressed the medical/educational distinction in special education services)

Minnesota Department of Education Conference on Special Education—Mankato, Minnesota—March 25-26, 2009 (Topics included IDEA discipline, research-based interventions)

Arkansas Department of Education Statewide Special Education Conference—Little Rock, Arkansas—March 3, 2009 (Topics included IDEA discipline, manifestation determinations, case studies, and issues in accommodations for students with disabilities)

LRP School Attorneys’ National Conference—San Antonio, Texas—January 29-30, 2009 (Topics included strategies for settling special education disputes, avoiding predetermination claims)

SEAS Regional Conference on Special Education—Branson, Missouri—January 21, 2009 (Topics included consent revocation, prior written notices, current caselaw update)

©2009, 2018 Richards Lindsay & Martin, L.L.P. All Rights Reserved. This site contains information about the law, not legal advice. For questions involving a particular set of facts, please consult a licensed attorney. Attorneys in the firm are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. No designation has been made by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for a Certificate of Special Competence in education law or special education law.

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