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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. She is primarily known for her research and work on Emotional Disturbance and Social Maladjustment. She has co-authored a book scheduled for release with LRP Publications titled “Unlocking Emotional Disturbance: A legally aligned guide for assessment and identification of students with emotional and behavioral needs.”
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 IDEIA and Section 504. She has written extensively on legal compliance in schools 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 innovative 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 at Seitoku University in Tokyo, Japan at the 40th International School Psychology Association, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Tri-State Area School Study Council, and in State College, Pennsylvania at the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania. In 2019, Rebecca lectured at the National Association of School Psychologists in Atlanta, Georgia, LRP Institute in Orlando, Florida, the University of Basel, Switzerland for the 41st International School Psychology Association, and at PaTTAN’s Leadership Academy. Her research was recently highlighted by the United States Department of Civil Rights in its July 2019 briefing to the President, Vice-President, Speaker of the House, and Senate Majority Leader.
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.