Attorneys from Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP addressed special education in the context of the current extraordinary circumstances at the 43rd Annual Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Service Administrators (PAPSA) conference held on April 9. The same pandemic that took the conference virtual also brings legal ramifications for schools attempting to provide meaningful education in a safe and healthy setting for students and staff.

Longtime presenters at the conference, Sweet Stevens attorneys began the tradition as a tribute to firm founder Paul Stevens. Stevens served as PAPSA’s legal advisor and conducted workshops on relevant issues up until his untimely death. PAPSA established the “Paul Stevens Memorial Law Seminar” as an ongoing feature of the conference. Typically, it is the closing session and a highlight of the event, consistently earning top ratings from participants.

This year, instead of the firm participating in the closing session, the conference itself was retitled the “PAPSA Virtual Legal Forum Featuring Sweet Stevens Katz & Williams.” Partners Jane Williams, Sharon Montanye and Thomas Warner presented legal issues in special education and pupil services relevant in 2021, updating attendees on court decisions, regulations, and best practices. Attorney Leslie Collins worked with the team on the research and development of the materials.