School Support

Barbara L. Neilson
PO Box 64620
St. Paul, MN 55164-0620
600 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
W: 651-361-7900
F: 651-539-0300


· Hearing officer handling special education cases since 1990.

· Admitted to the practice of law in Minnesota in 1978; currently licensed as an attorney in Minnesota.


· J.D., University of Minnesota, 1978.

· B.A., St. Cloud State University, 1975.

IDEA Training

· Administrative Law Judge Special Education Training, October 26, 2013, hosted by the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Court and the Tennessee Department of Education.

· Minnesota Special Education Training, February 15, 2013, hosted by the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings.

· Midwest Regional Special Education Law Conference, March 2009, March 2010, and March 2011.

· OAH Symposium on ADHD and the IDEA, September 2008.

· 4th National Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers, June 2005.

· LRP Workshop, Making Sense of the New IDEA Regulations, May 1999.

· LRP Regional Institute on Special Education Law, October 1996.

· Hearing Officer training sessions sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education in September and December 1993; March, September, and December 1995; April and September 1996; February and November 1997; May and September 1998; March 1999; December 2000; April and November 2001; and February, May and September 2002.

I have been an administrative law judge with the Office of Administrative Hearings since 1989 and have a broad understanding of administrative law. Prior to becoming an administrative law judge, I was engaged in the private practice of law for 11 years, specializing in litigation and counseling in the area of labor and employment law. I am an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law.

I am not employed by the Minnesota Department of Education, by a local education agency or by a disability advocacy group, nor do I serve on the board of a local education agency or disability advocacy group.

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