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Education Law

As staunch and experienced child advocates, we ensure that school districts comply with education laws and regulations, provide appropriate educational services with typical peers to the maximum extent possible and make needed accommodations for allergies and other disabling conditions.  We also strive to prevent discrimination against those with actual or perceived disabilities, and address violations of the constitutional rights of parents or students.  In addition, we represent parents who are seeking guardianship of their children when they reach age 18.

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Education Law Representative Matters

  • Faced with educating their three-year-old child in a segregated preschool for children with autism, the parents called on us to represent them in an administrative hearing.  After taking testimony, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) agreed that the child should be educated with typical peers and ordered the school district to reimburse the parents for the private preschool.
  • Over a period of several years, we represented a family whose child suffered from multiple disabilities.  We led an ongoing effort to ensure that the school district provided him with a challenging education rather than warehousing him in facilities with no academic expectation.  Ultimately, the student received his high school diploma and went on to college.
  • After losing an administrative hearing involving their severely challenged son, the parents retained us to file an appeal in federal court.  Not only were we successful in overturning the administrative hearing decision, but we argued for and obtained an order requiring the school district to place their child in an intensive residential school, and provide several years of compensatory education.
  • Parents reached out to us after the school district's Director of Special Services refused to implement their son's IEP, which called for placement in a regular preschool.  The ALJ ruled in our favor and ordered the district to implement the child's IEP.
  • We successfully prevented a school district from graduating a student with cognitive impairment and other disabling conditions until they provided him with vocational and life skills training.
  • Another family reached out to us after their young daughter was sexually harassed by a peer both during and after school.  After we filed suit in federal court, the matter was settled in favor of the family.
 

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