Carrie L. Weber

Tel/Direct:

515-246-0315

Tel/Main:

515-243-7611

Address:

100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts

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

Education

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

Background

Carrie Weber is a member of the firm’s Education Law Practice Area, serving K-12 school districts, with an emphasis in special education. 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.

Memberships

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

Recognitions

W. Mitchell Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

CALI Award for highest grade in Administrative Law

Speaking/Presentations

Carrie's most recent speaking engagements include:

National Business Institute (NBI) - IEPs & 504 Plans: A Legal Compliance Guide, “Special Education Legal Updates” and “IEP Evaluations and Eligibility,” December 2018

National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys - 2018 School Law Practice Seminar, "You Can’t Say That in Public!  Avoiding First Amendment Violations at School Board Meetings and in Social Media” with Drew Bracken, October 2018

Ahlers & Cooney, Special Education Client Seminar, "Legal Update","Who Can we Talk to? Communicating with Parents, Relatives, and Outside Agencies", February 2018

Ahlers & Cooney, Employment Law Client Seminar, "Case Law/ Legislative Update" with Aaron Hilligas, November 2017

Ahlers & Cooney, Employment Law Client Seminar, “FAQ Panel with Nathan Overberg and Drew Bracken, November 2016

National Business Institute (NBI) - Special Education Law from A to Z, “Special Education Records: Handling Difficult Situations,” “Due Process Rights: Ensuring Appropriate Practices During Disputes,” with Miriam Van Heukelem, November 2016

Published Articles & Books

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

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Iowa Legal Aid, Volunteer Intake Attorney

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

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