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Michael Risen is an Associate Professor at Bradley University in Peoria, where he teaches U.S. public school law, special education law, and leadership theory and practice. Mr. Risen has been an educational consultant and special education advocate since 2004 and was an impartial due-process hearing officer in Illinois from 2008 – 2015. He has been an invited speaker for the Illinois State Board of Education’s due-process hearing officers’ training and for the Illinois Principals Association and various Illinois school districts on special education law. He is a member of the Illinois Association of School Administrators and the Central Illinois Valley Division of School Administrators and is Chairperson of the Bradly University Superintendent’s Roundtable. Mr. Risen received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Illinois State University and his Ed.S. from Western Illinois University.
Joseph P. Selbka is Income Partner at Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd., in Hoffmann Estates, where he concentrates his practice on civil litigation (including school and municipal litigation), as well as employment litigation, real estate litigation, contested trusts and estates, and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chair of the DuPage County Bar Association’s School Law Committee, and a member of the Arlington Heights Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Selbka received his B.A. from the University of Illinois, his J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and his M.P.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was a member of Pi Alpha Alpha Honors Society. He was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs from 2003 – 2016, where he taught courses related to the legal context of public administration.
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