School Support

James E. LaFave
PO Box 64620
St. Paul, MN 55164-0620
600 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
W: 651-361-7900
F: 651-539-0300
james.lafave@state.mn.us

Qualifications

• Hearing officer handling special education cases since 2005.

• Admitted to the practice of law before the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1983; currently licensed as an attorney in Minnesota.

Education

• J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1983.

• B.A., Creighton University, 1979.

IDEA Training

• Speaker: Administrative Law Judge Special Education Training Seminar, 2012.

• Thinking Like a Writer - Judicial Writing Course, 2011 and 2014.

• 10th National IDEA Academy for Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers, July 2011.

• Midwest Regional Special Education Law Conference 2006; 2009, 2010, and 2011.

• 6th National IDEA Academy for Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers, May 2007.

• 5th National IDEA Academy for Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers, June 2006.

Experience

• Over 27 years of litigation experience before various courts and administrative agencies

I am not currently employed by nor am I currently a board member of a local education agency in Minnesota. I am not an employee of the Minnesota Department of Education.

I am not currently employed by nor am I currently a board member of a disability advocacy organization or group.

For additional information on Judge LaFave, see http://mn.gov/oah/administrative-law/judges/lafave.jsp.