August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania

Kerry Voss Smith

Attorney Kerry Voss Smith is the director of the Pennsylvania Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR), which provides the resources for parents and educators to resolve special education disputes. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Penn State (B.S., special/elementary education); Antioch University Midwest (M.A., conflict analysis and engagement); and Dickinson School of Law (J.D.). Her mediator training is from the Justice Center of Atlanta (2000). She is a member of the Advisory Board to the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, the national technical assistance center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. Between college and law school, Ms. Smith assisted adult residents of the Pennhurst State School in transition to the community. She was in private practice for 12 years, most recently as a partner with Marshall, Smith & Haddick, a civil litigation defense firm. Prior to coming to ODR, she handled federal special education litigation at the Department of Education. In 2009, the Pennsylvania ODR was selected as one from four states with an exemplary special education dispute resolution system. Ms. Smith’s late brother lived successfully in the community with supports and services.

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