Carrie L. Weber






100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309


Rachel Ogden

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts

U.S. District Courts – Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa


J.D. (Summa Cum Laude), William Mitchell College of Law, 2013

B.A., Elementary Education (Magna Cum Laude), Iowa State University, 2007

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 2013


Carrie is a member of the firm’s Education Law Practice Area, serving K-12 school districts and Area Education Agencies, with an emphasis in special education. She currently leads the firm's Student Issues Practice Group and has chaired the firm's Charitable Actions Committee. Carrie has a strong passion for working with educational institutions, as prior to law school, she was a public elementary education teacher in the Des Moines Public Schools and Minneapolis Public Schools, and spent one year teaching in Brussels, Belgium.

Carrie works on a variety of issues, including those related to accessibility, accommodations, student programming, student discipline and procedural rights, as well as those arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Carrie’s practice also includes drafting and negotiating contracts, policies, and procedures to assist her clients with maintaining legal compliance in their day-to-day operations. She is also a member of the firm’s Employment Law and Litigation Practice Groups, working on issues for K-12 school districts.

Prior to joining Ahlers & Cooney, Carrie served as a Law Clerk to The Honorable Robert Pratt, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa from 2014-2016, and The Honorable Natalie Hudson, Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2013-2014. While in law school, Carrie was Assistant Editor of the W. Mitchell Law Review.


American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Polk County Women Attorneys

National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys

Iowa Council of School Board Attorneys


Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch - Education Law (2023-2024)

W. Mitchell Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

CALI Award for highest grade in Administrative Law


Carrie's most recent speaking engagements include:

Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., Title IX Client Seminar, "K-12 Investigator Training," with Miriam Van Heukelem and "K-12:  Decision-Making and Informal Resolution," with Emily Ellingson, June 2024

Central Rivers Area Education Agency, Special Education Legal Seminar, "Legislative Updates and Top Legal Issues in Special Education," with Katherine Beenken, June 2024

School Administrators of Iowa, School Law Conference, “Open Enrollment, Residency, and Transportation,” with Jazmine Polk, February 2024

Prairie Lakes AEA, Special Education Seminar, with Katherine Beenken, November 2023

Iowa Association of School Boards, Annual Convention, "Board Secretary Workshop," with Danielle Haindfield and Iowa Association of School Boards' Anna HarmonNovember 2023

Ahlers & Cooney, Employment Law Client Seminar, "Handbook Workshop," with Miriam Van Heukelem, April 2023

Ahlers & Cooney, Employment Law Client Seminar, "ADA and FMLA," with Miriam Van Heukelem, April 2022

Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., Employment Law Webinar Series, "Stump the Ahlers’ Attorneys – Panel Q&A Series Finale," with Drew Bracken, Rebecca Reif, Ann Smisek and Lindsay Vaught, February 2021

School Administrators of Iowa, 2021 School Law Conference, "Chapter 103" with Elizabeth Heffernan, February 2021 

Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., Webinar, "Final Chapter 103 Rules Adopted," with Katherine Beenken, Elizabeth Heffernan, and Miriam Van Heukelem,  December 2020

Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.,Title IX Virtual Training Workshop for Clients, June 2020

  • "Title IX Decision-Maker Training for K-12," with Kristy Latta
  • "Training on Supportive Measures and Informal Resolution," with Miriam Van Heukelem

National Business Institute (NBI), Special Education Law from A to Z, “Ensuring Due Appropiate Practices During Disputes and Manifestation Determination Reviews,” December 2019

Iowa Association of School Boards, Annual Convention, "Where is the Complaints Department? Handling Requests and Complaints from the Public," with Kate O'Brien May, November 2019

National School Boards Association, Counsel of School Attorneys, "You Can't Say that in Public!...," with Drew Bracken, October 2019

National Business Institute, Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide Seminar, "Essential Special Education Legal Updates You Need to Know” and “Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior?,” March 2019

Published Articles & Books

Case Note, Forum Non Conveniens-Convenience or Conniving?, 38 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 433 (2011)

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Iowa State Bar Association, Administrative Law Section Council Member (2017 - 2019)

Children and Families of Iowa, Foundation Board of Trustees (2017 - 2019)