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Laura Pincus currently serves as an Assistant General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel for the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, where her practice concentrates on the laws surrounding students with disabilities. Previously, Ms. Pincus served as the Director of Exceptional Student Education for the School District of Palm Beach County, where her responsibilities included oversight of programs for special needs, 504, gifted, and ESE pre-k programs.
Ms. Pincus is proud to be one of few attorneys in the State of Florida to be certified by the Florida Bar in Education Law. She serves on the Education Law Certification Committee of the Florida Bar and is an active member in the Florida School Board Attorneys Association. She is an adjunct professor for Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad Law Center, teaches a variety of courses including Discipline Law and Special Education Law to students earning a Master's in Education Law. She is also an adjunct professor for Florida Atlantic University where she teaches Legal Foundations of Special Education to doctoral candidates.
Ms. Pincus received her JD from Nova Southeastern University. She also earned a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from The American University in Washington, D.C.
As an active working Attorney at Law, Mercy Roberg acts as Director of the Office of Professional Education at Stetson University College of Law. Her previous work includes running her own law practice and multiple roles with the Stetson University College of Law including Manager of its Office of Professional Education and Coordinator & Fellow for the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy. Mercy served in Gabon, Africa in the PeaceCorps as an environmental educator.
Mercy holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Stetson University College of Law, alongside a Master's degree in Education with a specialization in ESOL, and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. Mercy is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. In addition, she holds a Director's Credential with the Florida Department of Children and Families. Her research focuses on the legal intersection of higher education and K-12 on topics ranging from students with disabilities, Title IX and minors, guns on campus, and team-based learning in P-20 systems. The title of her presentation is "IDEA – Federal Level Guidance and Policy Update."
Kimberley Spire-Oh is an attorney in private practice. Ms. Spire-Oh received a JD from Hofstra School of Law and a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Her practice focuses on special education law and advocacy and disability law representing clients throughout Florida. She also is a frequent speaker on special education issues for many local, state, and national conferences. Prior to starting her law practice, Ms. Spire-Oh was the legal editor for LRP Publications' reporters, bulletins and treatises involving disability law. She has also worked as a mediator, as a Congressional caseworker, as donor relations officer for the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a grant writer and consultant for numerous nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Spire-Oh currently serves as co-chair of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County's Education Committee, co-chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee for LDA of America; secretary of the board of directors for Different Brains, Inc.; and as a member of the Florida State Advisory Committee for the Education of Exceptional Students, the Advisory Committee of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, the board of directors for the Learning Disabilities Association of Florida, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council's Partners in Policymaking 2012 Class, the Florida Association of Special Education Attorneys, the Disability Rights Bar Association, as well as the Palm Beach County School District's Diversity and Equity Committee and Exceptional Student Education Advisory Committee. She received a 2011 Multicultural Leadership Award from the Florida Diversity Council. Ms. Spire-Oh has first-hand knowledge of disabilities as an individual with a seizure and autoimmune disorders and as a mother of a twice-exceptional young adult.