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 Selbka is a solo practitioner in the Law Offices of Joseph P. Selbka in Rolling Meadows, where he concentrates his practice in education law, real estate litigation, commercial litigation, contested trusts and estates, and guardianships. Mr. Selbka was an impartial due-process hearing officer in Illinois from 2008 – 2014 and in the District of Columbia from 2011 – 2013. He has been an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2003. He is a frequent presenter for IICLE®, the Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, and the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. He is a member of the Illinois State, Chicago, and Northwest Suburban Bar Associations. Mr. Selbka received his B.A. from the University of Illinois, J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and M.P.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.