Wednesday, October 21st 1-3pm Presentation

Title: OCR Year in Review: Important OCR Resolution Letters Relating to Academic Adjustments/Auxiliary Aids, Accessibility and Retaliation


Tina Sohaili is a staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the Seattle Regional Office.  Prior to joining OCR, she clerked on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Theodore A. McKee and practiced commercial litigation at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Los Angeles.  She graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from Reed College and a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. 

Tim Sell is a senior staff attorney with OCR and began practicing law in 1980 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University. Before joining OCR in 1999, he practiced in a small private practice firm in Maryland and the District of Columbia, served as a public defender in King County, Washington and directed the University of Washington’s Internal Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office.  During his time with OCR, Tim has investigated and resolved well over 150 complaints and compliance reviews involving post-secondary disability issues, resolving nearly one-third of those matters through either a facilitated resolution or an agreement to resolve. During that same time span, he has given more than 50 presentations to groups like WAPED, parent groups, school districts and educational service districts, and other OCR stakeholder groups. 


A variety of resolution letters and findings from OCR Seattle, and one on the national level, will be reviewed. Individual resolutions are listed in the OCR Reading Room. An outline of all letters will be supplied to conference registrants.