MO-CASE and Thomeczek & Brink
present the 

2018 Annual Spring Law Conference

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 * Holiday Inn Executive Center * Columbia, MO

Registration is now open for the 2018 Annual Spring Law Conference! 

Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq.

Keynote Speaker


Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., Executive Director of EdLaw Interactive ( and practicing school law attorney with the PA-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp, is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics.  She provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations.  She specializes in school policy and procedure legal defensibility audits as well as trending legal issues regarding school technology, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and a variety of other school law topics.  A former high school English teacher who served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel, Atty. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for the past 5 years.  She currently services as the President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association, and she is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for the National School Boards Association (NSBA), NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA), the Education Law Association (ELA), and the National Business Institute (NBI).

It is commonly said that IEP writing is both an art and a science, but, rooted in the IDEA, it is also very much a matter of law.  In thousands of special education cases across the U.S. each year, hearing officers and federal judges analyze IEP goals to determine whether they meet the requirements of the IDEA and provide the student with a free appropriate public education.  But can legally-defensible goal-writing be specifically taught and learned?  The answer is YES!!  In this interactive, hands-on session, Attorney Erin D. Gilsbach focuses upon what fact-finders look at when evaluating the effectiveness or appropriateness of an IEP goal.  She teaches a unique (and fun!) color-coded, formulaic approach to goal-writing that will help special educators feel more confident that the IEP goals that they draft contain all of the necessary elements to be effective and legally-defensible.  This practical session is designed to help special educators learn to master the art and science of writing goals that pass muster with the courts.  Atty. Gilsbach also emphasizes how special education administrators can use this highly-effective tool with their teams to quickly improve goal-writing skills district-wide.  

This one-day conference will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO. The Spring Law Conference this year will be followed by the 2nd Annual Spring Collaborative Conference (Hosted By: MASP, MO-CASE, MO-CEC & Thompson Center). Make sure to reserve your spot for both!


7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Registration

    Location: Atrium Lobby

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. MO-CASE Business Meeting

    Location: Windsor Ballrooms

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. General Session

    Location: Windsor Ballrooms

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch

    Location: Expo Center

*Attention New Directors! Grab a plate and take it to Polo Meeting Room for a great opportunity to network with other New Directors and some of our Board of Directors. 

1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. General Session Continued

    Location: Windsor Ballrooms

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Reception

    Location: Piccadilly Meeting Room

What is the cost to attend the Spring Law Conference?

There is a flat rate of $150 to attend this conference. If you wish to attend the 2nd Annual Collaborative Conference AND the Spring Law Conference (also $150 flat rate), register for both and receive a $50 discount!

How do I register?

CLICK HERE to register for the Spring Law Conference. If you wish to attend the 2nd Annual Collaborative Conference AND the Spring Law Conference (also $150 flat rate), register for both today and receive a $50 discount! You will first need to register for the Spring Law Conference. You will receive a discount code via a confirmation email. You will use that discount code when registering for the 2nd Annual Collaborative Conference!

You can also download the Spring Law Conference Registration Form and fax or email it to the MO-CASE office.

Where and when will the conference take place?

This year's conference is being held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO! 

How do I make an overnight room reservation?

Room reservations ($106.95, plus hotel occupancy tax) should be made directly with Holiday Inn at (573) 203-8178. 

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., M-F


3550 Amazonas Drive

Jefferson City, MO 65109

Phone: (573) 644-7804

Fax: (573) 644-7806

Dr. Terry Allee, Executive Director

Dr. Diane Golden, Policy Coordinator

Sara Clime, Administrative Assistant


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