How to Choose an Education Attorney

There have been many recent changes in the U.S. Department of Education, most notably the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos’ background does not include any studies or work experience in the field of Education. Ms. Devos’ education experience comes from being a political activist. She has publicly promoted ‘educational choice’ for families in the form of school vouchers. For further information on her interview please review the interview’s transcript.

Additionally, there have been significant changes to the U.S. Department of Education’s website since Ms. Devos’s appointment. The most relevant changes have been to the Laws and Guidance section which has seen the removal and/or replacement of several areas such as the guidance links for the IDEA.

It is important now, more than ever, to have an Education attorney/advocate that you can consult with and turn to when issues arise regarding a student’s right to special education services, gender equality, and a safe and welcoming school environment. You should consider many factors when selecting an attorney, including the following:

  • The attorney’s experience in school law.
  • The attorney’s experience and knowledge of education practices in the classroom.
  • The attorney’s experience and knowledge of working with students with special needs.
  • The attorney’s willingness to play a dual role as a guide you from the sidelines, when needed, and as a zealous and vocal advocate , when more deliberate negotiations are needed.
  • The attorney’s fee structure, whether the fee is the same for any time of day and whether it includes all of the necessary support services.

Call the firm today to schedule a consultation:

E. M. Curran & Associates LLC
10 Tower Office Park
Suite 406
Woburn, Massachusetts 01810
(781) 933 -1542