Geneva L. Taylor joined the Houston office of Thompson & Horton in 2014.  Prior to moving to Texas, Ms. Taylor was a Senior Attorney with the California law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo and represented school districts, county offices of education, special education local plan areas, and community colleges. Ms. Taylor has extensive experience in disability and special education law, advocacy, training, mediation, and due process hearings.  She regularly advises clients regarding the Individuals with Disability in Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Ms. Taylor also has experience assisting clients with discrimination complaints filed with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights.

Ms. Taylor is a 2014 Super Lawyers Rising Star. In 2009 the California Bar Foundation honored Ms. Taylor with the Rosenthal Bar Exam Scholarship Award for her dedication to public interest law. Ms. Taylor is a Full Fellow in the Whittier Center for Children’s Rights and has been an invited guest speaker at Whittier College of Law on Disability and Special Education and at California State University Long Beach on higher education for the socio-economically disadvantaged.

Ms. Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at workshops and conferences for school administrators, attorneys, teachers, students, and staff on such topics as Section 504, student discipline, special education, deaf and hard of hearing litigation, and anti-bullying in general and special education.  Ms. Taylor served as an extern in special education matters and provided free special education legal training for low-income military families prior to and during law school.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES

Geneva has prepared materials for and/or has given presentations on the following topics:

Cy Fair Special Education Legal Conference, October 2014, “Avoiding Over-identification of Low Socio-economic Students for Special Education.”

Region 4 Educational Service Center Seminar, September 2014, with Chris Borreca, “Top 20 List of Special Education and Section 504 Training Tips For Staying Out of Trouble”

Humble ISD Training for Section 504, July 2014, with Janet Horton, “Complying with Section 504: A Legal and Practical Perspective”

“Building Cutting-Edge Section 504 and ADA Programs: What Board Members Should Know”

“Write Legally Defensible IEPs: Spend Less Time in Due Process”

“Fundamentals of Serving DHH Students”

“Bullying in Special Education: What are the District’s Rights and Duties”

“The IEP Process: LEA Representative Empowerment Training”

“The ‘Must Know’ about Special Education Due Process Hearings”

“It’s the Law Now”

“Basic Training: Fundamentals of IEP Notes”

“Anti-Bullying Essentials: Prevention, Intervention, and Documentation”

“Student Discipline: From Investigation to Expulsion”

Section 504 Planning

“Anti-Bullying: Taking Responsibility For Your Peers” (student presentation)

“The Board’s Role in Student Discipline and Manifestation Determinations Appropriate Assessments”

“Addressing and Documenting Parent Concerns: The Proper PWN”

Section 504 Workshop

“Legally Defensible Psychoeducational Evaluations”

“Understanding OHI Eligibility”

“FAPE 101: The Role of Administrators in the IEP and What to Avoid”

“Fundamentals of Child Find Under Section 504 and the IDEA”

“Reconciling FAPE and Furlough Days”

“The Who, What, When, Where, and How of IDEA and Section 504”

“Parent Revocation of Consent and 504 Changes”

“FAQ in Special Education”

“Defining, Discussing, Determining, and Documenting FAPE and LRE without making the Process Overly Confusing to Parents”

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND QUOTES

  • Providing FAPE to Students Registered as Sex Offenders
  • Disability Related Bullying or Not? Knowing the Difference but Responding to Both
  • Capitalizing on the Advantage of a Mandatory Resolution Session
  • Special Education Student Discipline – Knowing What Constitutes a Removal and When To Hold A Manifestation Determination IEP Review
  • OCR Sets its Sights on Educationally Related Pregnancy
  • Final IDEA Part B Regulations Bring Cost Savings To LEAs
  • Take Action When there are Red Flags Involving an NPA or NPS
  • Special Education Student Records: Forward, Maintain, Or Destroy?
  • Related/DIS Services: What You Need to Know
  • Placement in General Education Preschools
  • Recognizing When a Temporary Disability Rises to the Level of Section 504
  • Obtaining an IEE at Public Expense
  • Good-Bye STAR; Hello Common Core Standards – What This Means for Special Education
  • California RSP Teachers Sue School District Over Caseload
  • LEA Has the Right to Seek Copies of Juvenile Court Records
  • How to Say No: Fundamentals of Title 34 C.F.R. Section 300.503: The Prior Written Notice
  • OAH Decision Applies Two Year Statute of Limitations to IEE Requests
  • Disciplining Student with Disabilities for Drugs and Alcohol Under Section 504
  • Awarding Attorney Fees To School Districts
  • Assembly Bill 1909 Implements Notification Mandates for Foster Youth Suspension, Expulsion, and Manifestation Determination IEPs
  • Special Education Students in Advanced Placement
  • Over-Identification and Misidentification Creates Unnecessary Headaches for Parents, School Districts and County Offices of Education
  • Recent Litigation Development Involving Transcription Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
  • Some Thoughts on Special Education/Student Discipline – Knowing How to Apply “The 10 Day Rule” and Other Interesting Tid-Bits
  • U.S. Supreme Court Appears to Scale Back Requirement to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Before Filing Suit in Special Education
  • California Supreme Court Decision Identifies the Responsible Educational Agency for Incarcerated Adults as the School District where the Parent Resides
  • Video and Audio Recording of Special Education Students: Potential Teaching Tool and Potential Liability
  • California Becomes the 28th State to Mandate Coverage of Autism by Health Plans and Insurance Companies
  • Quoted: Document your efforts to address students’ sensory issues; LRP 07/31/2014
  • Quoted: Choose appropriate staff-student ratios for students with autism; LRP 10/23/2013
  • Quoted: Use concrete language to teach sex education to students with autism; LRP 07/30/2012