Last week I received a call from a lawyer who had reviewed a CLE presentation I had done on School Discipline. He was handling his first expulsion case and wanted some advice. I was busy and thought for a brief moment that I just couldn’t take the time to help. I called the lawyer. He was grateful and we talked about the implications of a student with special education issues and school discipline. The child’s family had few resources and this lawyer was trying to assist in assuring that this 13 year-old wouldn’t be expelled without access to education.

Over the years, I have had many of these calls. I have always tried to reach back and help because access to legal advocacy in special education, in most instances, depends on a family’s ability to afford an attorney or advocate. The stakes are very high. Removal from school is disastrous for all children. Failure to get the right resources can damage a child forever.

There are only a handful of private special education attorneys in the Chicago area. There are far fewer, if any, as we move away from the greater Chicago area. The need is the same. Access to these resources is critical. It is a shared responsibility.

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About MickiMoran

Micki Moran is the founding partner of The Child and Family Law Center, Ltd. She dedicates her practice to providing legal assistance to children and families who are in need of representation in the areas of special education, disability law, juvenile and young adult criminal law, abuse and neglect, guardianship and mental health issues. Micki's practice is founded on the principle that children and their families require and deserve excellent legal representation with a multidisciplinary approach that works with multiple systems of care and creates communities that support and improve the quality of all peoples' lives.
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