Scotti & Gerl
216 South Jefferson Street
Lewisburg, 24901
United States

Jim Gerl is a special education law consultant and is licensed to practice law in West Virginia, Illinois and the District of Columbia. Jim is the author of the award winning Special Education Law Blog, He has served as a mediator and a hearing officer for West Virginia since 1989, and he now also serves as a hearing officer for Utah; Washington, DC (also mediator); Alaska (conflict cases); and Pennsylvania (five counties and one IU). He has spoken on special education law topics at numerous state, regional and national conferences, and he is a regular faculty member for the conferences of the National Association of Hearing Officials. Jim has trained hearing officers from all states, and works with a number of state departments of education. He has consulted with federal officials, including the Secretary of OSERS and the Director of OSEP, concerning rural special education issues, and he has served on a dispute resolution review panel for OSEP. Jim has received a BA from the University of Illinois-Urbana with departmental distinction in political science; a masters degree in public policy analysis from the University of Illinois-Chicago; and a law degree from the University of San Francisco.