• 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.
• 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.
For additional information on Judge Neilson, see http://mn.gov/oah/administrative-law/judges/neilson.jsp.