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Attorneys At Law

Representing Clients in New York & Nationwide

 

BRUCE A. GOLDSTEIN
70 Niagara Street
Buffalo, New York  14202
(716) 362-1533
(716) 362-1534 FAX
bgoldstein@gapattorneys.com

 

                        Bruce A. Goldstein is senior partner with the law firm of Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP, in Buffalo, New York.  He holds the degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School (1972), where he graduated cum laude.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of Education Law, Disability Law, Estate Planning, Not-for-Profit Corporation Law, and Health Law.

                        He is a past instructor (for 19 years) at the State University of New York at Buffalo Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence.  He is also a member of Leadership Buffalo, a member of the New York State Bar Association and a member of several of its committees, a member of the Erie County Bar Association Committee on Disability and the Committee on Health Care Law, and the Western New York Disability Coalition.  Mr. Goldstein is also a recipient of the Erie County Bar Association Special Service award and the Buffalo News Citizen of the Year Award.  He has also been selected for Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.  Mr. Goldstein is author of Educating Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of Federal Law and co-author of the treatise Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities: An Analysis of Federal Law (LRP Publications). He also has been a contributing Attorney for the National Disability Law Reporter (LRP Publications) and member of the Board of Advisors of IEP Team Trainer (LRP Publications).

                        Bruce Goldstein is a past member of the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and a former member of its Executive Committee; Past President of the Alexander Graham Bell Association of the Deaf, Inc., and a former member of its Board of Directors and  Executive Committee, and the former Chairperson of the affiliated International Parents Organization; a former member of the New York State Assembly Task Force on the Disabled; a past member of the Boards of Directors of Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center and Jewish Family Services; a former member of the Medical Ethics Review Committee of Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; a former member of the Board of Directors of Heritage Centers (formerly the New York State Association for Retarded Children, Erie County Chapter) and of the affiliated Heritage-Oak Foundation, Inc.; a former advisory member of the Board of Directors of the Developmental Disabilities Prevention Program; a former member of the Erie County Mental Hygiene Community Services Board; a former member of the Board of Directors of Language Development Program Foundation, and a former member of the Board of Directors of Demonstration Employment Project - Training and Housing (DEPTH); a member of the Professional Advisory Board/Committee for Autistic Services, Inc., the Epilepsy Association of Western New York, Parent Network, Self Help for the Hard of Hearing of Western New York, and Center for Hearing Impaired People of Western New York, and a member of the Teratogen Information Service Advisory Panel; past member of the Childrens Programming Advisory Committee for the National Captioning Institute; founder of the Erie Coordinating Council of Handicapped Organizations (ECCHO), and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Western New York Independent Living Center.

                                                             HONORS & AWARDS

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf - Honors of the Association

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf -
4 Certificates of Appreciation
International Parents Organization Certificate of Appreciation

Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals

Autistic Services, Inc. - Special Recognition for Lifetime Achievement/Service

Buffalo News - Citizen of the Year Award

Erie County Bar Association - Special Service Award
Certificate of Appreciation

Greater Buffalo SERTOMA Club - Service to Mankind Award

Housing Opportunities Made Equal - Certificate of Appreciation

Marquis Who’s Who in the World

National Conference of Christians and Jews - Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award

National Parent/ Teacher Association - Lifetime Membership Award

New York School Psychologists Association - Friend of Children Award

New York State Bar Association - 5 Certificates of Appreciation

New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally
Disabled - Certificate of Recognition

New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council -
Certificate of Recognition

New York State PTA - Honorary Life Membership

Named in New York Super Lawyers

Puerto Rican American Community Association -
Plaque of Appreciation

Rehabilitation Association of Western New York -
John A. Evanko Certificate of Merit

Self Help for the Hard of Hearing - Certificate of Appreciation

Speech and Hearing Association of Western New York -
Shawny Award

Named in Who’s Who in America

Named in Who’s Who in American Law

WNY Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day - Person of the Year


                                                                  PUBLICATIONS

Educating Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of Federal Law, LRP Publications (2013)

Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities:  An Analysis of Federal Law  co-authored by Bonnie P. Tucker, Esq., LRP Publications, Publisher (updated semi-annually 1990 - present)

The Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities:  A Guide to Federal Law, co-authored with Bonnie P. Tucker and Gail Sorenson, LRP Publications (1993)

Representing People with Disabilities, chapter on "Legislative Delegation of Authority - Conservatorships, Committees, Power of Attorney, and 17-A Guardianships," New York State Bar Association Committee on Mental and Physical Disability (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)

Advocacy for Deaf Children - Chapter II:  The Education Law and You, edited by Hugh T. Prickett, Ed.D., Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 1989

Substituted Decision-Making - Legislative Delegation of Authority, Representing the Disabled, NYS Bar Association, May 1989

Educational Rights:  The Legal Framework, Legal Rights of Disabled Children, March 1986

Creative Litigation:  Making EHA Work for Everybody, Fifth National Institute on Legal Problems of Educating the Handicapped, May 1984.

Special Education, Legal Rights of the Handicapped, December 1983.

 


                                                                PRESENTATIONS

 

  • New York State Council of School Superintendents - “Section 504 and Schools” (2013)
  • New York State Council of School Superintendents - “Legal Update: What’s New in Special Education Law” (2013)
  • Parent Network of Western New York “Trusts, Wills and Estate Planning to Maintain SSI and Medicaid” (2013)
  • Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation, New Superintendents Institute -          “Bullying & Harassment” (2012)
  • New York State Council of School Superintendents - “Bullying & Harassment” (2012)
  • Brain Injury Association of New York State - “Post Concussion Syndrome in Schools and the Law” (2012)
  • AG Bell 2011 Listening & Spoken Language Symposium - “Guiding Families Seeking
  • Appropriate Educational Services for Children with Hearing Loss” (2011)
  • Brain Injury Association of New York State - Post Concussion/TBI Re-Entry into School -
  • “Concussion/Post Concussion in Schools and the Law” (2011)
  • New York State Educational Support Service Personnel (ESSP) Conference - “Legal Issues and Deaf Law” (2011)
  • Western New York School Psychologists Association Conference - “Update on Special Education” (2010)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - 2010 Convention - Parent Advocacy Training (2010)
  • Speech - Language - Hearing Association of WNY Conference - “What’s New in SpecialEducation Law” (2009)
  • New York Association of School Psychologists Conference - “Legal and Ethical Issues” (2008)
  • New York State Bar Association Conference - Special Education Law Update - “Reauthorization Overview - What Has Changed?” (2007)
  • Educational Support Service Personnel for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference - “Legal Advocacy for Children with Hearing Loss” (2007)
  • Autism Society of Western New York, Autistic Services, Inc. & Speech - Language - Hearing
  • Association of Western New York Conference - “Special Education Law: Pitfalls & Strategies for Success” (2007)
  • American Speech and Hearing Association Convention - “IDEA : Legal Advocacy Issues Related to Children With Hearing Loss” (2005)
  • Special Education School Law Conference - IDEA Reauthorization: The Legal & Practical (2005)
  • New York State Association of School Psychologists - What’s New in Education Law (2004)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - 2004  Convention - Parent Advocacy Training (2004)
  • National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems (NAPAS) Annual Conference - IDEA Problem Solving I and II (2004)
  • American Association of Audiologists - 16th Annual Convention & Expo - Legislation & Case Law:  Implications for Practice (2004)
  • Professional Development Network - Understanding Section 504 in New York; Section 504 - Requirements and Safeguards; Section 504 - Extra Curricular and Non Academic Issues (2004)
  • New York State School Boards Association - Special Education Law Conference - “Effective Parenting Relations” (2003) 
  • Lorman Educational Services - “Special Education for Regular Education Administrators” (2003)
  • Professional Development Network - Understanding Section 504 in New York:  Section 504 - Requirements and Safeguards; Section 504 - Extra Curricular and Non Academic Issues (2003)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf - “Parent Advocacy Training” (2003)
  • NYS Association of Self Help for the Hard of Hearing - Fall 2002 Biennial Conference “Balancing Student Rights & School District Responsibilities”  (2002)
  • Association of School Business Officials International - “Top 10 Special Education Pitfalls - How To Avoid Them And Save Money” (2002)
  • Lorman Educational Services - “What’s New In Special Education Law” & “Discipline” (2002)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - “Section 504" (2002)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - “Parent Advocacy Training:  IDEA Toolbox” (2002)
  • Lehigh University - Special Education Law Seminar 2002 - “Discipline Matters” and “Discipline:  Perplexities and Complexities” (2002)
  • New York State Bar Association - Trust Planning and Taxation - “Trusts for Charity” and “Trusts for Disabled and Elderly Persons” (2002)
  • New York Financial Planning Association of Upstate New York - “Estate Planning” (2002)
  • Professional Development Network - “Understanding Section 504 in New York:  A Practical Contrast with IDEA and ADA” (2002)
  • International Dyslexia Association - “Special Education Process and Parents’ Rights” (2001)
  • Lehigh University - Special Education Law Seminar - “Discipline Issues:  Key Concepts ” and “Discipline: Tackling the Tricky Issues” (2001)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Research Symposium “Educational Legislation for Parents and Professionals” (2001)
  • Advocacy, Inc. and The National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project - Bridges to Better Advocacy - “Special Education:  Developing the Impact Case” (2001)
  • Professional Development Network - Special Education Law for the New Millennium in New York - “What’s New in Special Education?” (2001)
  • Professional Development Network - Special Education Law for the New Millennium in New York - “Special Education - Discipline and Behavioral Intervention Procedures” (2001)
  • Lorman Educational Services - “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in New York” (2000)
  • New York State Association of School Psychologists - “Section 504 - The Technicalities and Practicalities” (2000)
  • American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education - “What’s New in Special Education Law” (2000)
  • Medical Educational Services, Inc. - Professional Development Network - “Discipline and Behavioral Intervention Procedures” (2000)
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School - “Complications of Multiple Knee Surgeries” and “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - Legal Implications” (2000)
  • New York State Bar Association Conference - “Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law” (1999)   
  • The Children’s Hearing Institute - “Educational Advocacy” (1999)
  • American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education - “What’s New in Special Education Law” (1999)
  • New York State Bar Association - Handling a Special Education Proceeding in New York State “IDEA Reauthorization” (1998)
  • New York State Bar Association - Municipal Law Section  “Emerging Issues in Special Education”  (1998)
  • American Association of School Administrators - National Conference on Education "Planning for 21st Century Schools - Trends & Topics in Disability Education" (1998)
  • American Association of School Administrators - National Conference on Education "Planning for 21st Century Schools - Trends & Topics in Disability Education" (1997)
  • American Association of School Administrators - National Conference on Education "21st Century Schools - Inclusion:  Why, When, and How Much?" (1996)
  • 17th National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities - "School Districts, Students with Disabilities, and Private Schools:  A Navigator's Guide" (1996)
  • New York State School Boards Association - School Law Conference "Update on Special Education" (1996)
  • New York State Bar Association (1995)--Chairperson:  "Advanced Issues in Guardianship"
  • 15th National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Persons with Disabilities (1994), "Legal and Practical Considerations in Implementing Section 504"
  • New York State Association of School Psychologists (1994) "Whatever You Wanted to Know About the Law - and Some Things You Didn't"
  • 14th National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Persons with Disabilities (1993)--"Year End Review of Case Law:  The Impact on Special Education and Individuals with Disabilities"
  • Council for Exceptional Children 1993 Annual Convention-- "Recent Statutory and Regulatory Amendments to Public Law 94-142:  New Frontiers and Battles"
  • Tourette's Syndrome Association Regional Conference (1992)--"Overview of the IDEA, ADA, and Section 504"
  • The 13th National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Persons with Disabilities (1992)--"A Review and Analysis of the New Regulations for the IDEA"
  • Erie County Bar Association (1992)--"AIDS: Helping Corporate and Individual Clients Identify with the Disability"
  • New York State Department of Labor (1992)--"Americans with Disabilities Act"
  • New York State Office of Aging (1992)--"Legal Concerns for Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities"
  • The 12th National Institute on Legal Problems of Educating Persons with Disabilities (1991)--"Suspension, Expulsion, and Discipline of Students with Disabilities"
  • New York State Occupational Therapists Association (1991)--"Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities"
  • American Association on Mental Retardation (1991)--"Early Trends In Service Delivery"
  • A.G. Edwards (1991)--"Estate Planning for Persons with Disabilities"
  • New York State Association of Independent Living Centers (1991)--"What's New in the ADA"
  • New York State Council for Exceptional Children (1991)--"New Frontiers and Battles: 1990 Amendments to P.L. 94-142"
  • The Ninth Annual Medical Ethics Symposium of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Human Rights Committee (1989) on "Society's Obligation to the Defective Newborn:  A Long-Term Perspective" and "Medical Ethics and the Law:  Are They Compatible?" (1989)
  • St. Christopher's Hospital, Center for Genetic and Acquired Deafness, Philadelphia, Faculty (1989)--"Focus:  The Hearing Impaired Child"
  • The New York State Bar Association Conference "Legal Rights of the Handicapped" (1989, 1990)
  • State University of New York Conference (1988)--"Legal Literacy for Rehabilitation Counselors"
  • "The 5th National Forum on Trends in Education of the Deaf (1988)--"Educational Rights of Deaf Children"
  • Symposium Series (1987)--"The Hospital and the Maltreated Child" sponsored and convened by the New York State Departments of Health and Social Services, the Medical Society of the State of New York, and Cornell University
  • The State University of New York Regional Seminar (1987)--"Serving the College Student with a Learning Disability"
  • New York State Bar Association Conference (1986)--"Legal Rights of Disabled Children"
  • The National Association of Pupil Personnel Administrators Conference (1985)
  • The 5th National Institute on Legal Problems of Educating the Handicapped (1984)--“Creative Litigation:  Making EHA Work For Everybody”