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Rebecca Heaton Hall is a Partner at Weiss Burkardt Kramer LLC. 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 titled Assessment and Identification of Students with Emotional Disturbance and Behavioral Needs (LRP Publications, 2020).
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, 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. Their research has been presented at Seitoku University in Tokyo, Japan, at the 40th International School Psychology Association, the University of Basel, Switzerland for the 41 st International School Psychology Association, the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania, the National Association of School Psychologists, LRP Institute, and numerous other venues. Her research was 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, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of the United States.