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Rebecca Heaton Hall joined Weiss Burkardt Kramer LLC as an associate in December 2014. She concentrates her practice on education law with a primary focus on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
For her work in special education matters, Rebecca was bestowed the honor of being the 2013 recipient of the Achieva Excellence in Advocacy Award. She was a 2014 honoree for the Leading Education and Advocacy for Families Award. Rebecca has a diverse legal background that has provided her with the opportunity to serve as a surrogate parent in Pennsylvania schools, educational advocate, parent attorney, school district solicitor, and educational consultant. She uses her diverse background to provide our clients with a unique advantage and perspective. Rebecca routinely defends school districts in complex due process hearings and in the state and federal courts in the Commonwealth.
Rebecca is a frequent lecturer on legal updates regarding the IDEA and Section 504. She has written extensively on legal compliance in school for students with disabilities and has formed a unique research, consulting and advocacy approach with Dr. Jessica Dirsmith, D.Ed., NCSP. She and Dr. Dirsmith actively research to find effective methods to assist schools in targeting the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students. Their ongoing research efforts have gained national and international traction and focuses on prevention and interdisciplinary collaboration. In 2018 their research was selected and presented in Tokyo, Japan at the 40th International School Psychology Association, in State College, Pennsylvania at the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania, and is scheduled for presentation at the National Association of School Psychologists in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the LRP Institute in Orlando Florida. She and Dr. Dirsmith were recently selected as members of the Social and Emotional Learning Committee in preparation for the 41st International School Psychology Association conference at the University of Basel, Switzerland.
In 2006, Rebecca received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She graduated cum laude at West Liberty State College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Rebecca is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca resides in Venetia with her husband and daughter. She is active in her community and serves on the executive board and as a coach for the Peters Township Youth Cheerleading Association.