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- Education Law
- Juvenile Law
- Civil Rights
- Social Security Disability
- Estate Planning
- Criminal Law
I provide free initial telephone consultations
Credit Cards Accepted
I accept the following forms of payment - cash, money order, credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only)
I accept disability cases on a contingency basis getting 25% of the backpay owed
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 3rd Circuit
- English: Spoken, Written
- Hamline University School of Law
- J.D. (2007) | Law
- Activities: Symposium Editor, Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy
- Fayetteville State University
- B.S. (2003) | Business Administration
- Honors: Cum Laude
- Pennsylvania State Bar  # 306382
- - Current
- Activities: Member, Exceptional Children Committee
- Allegheny County Bar Association  # 306382
- - Current
- Activities: Member, Homer S. Brown Division; Member, Women in Law Division, Member, Disability Law Committee
Articles & Publications
- Autism Spectrum Disorder: Its Affects on African Americans and the Preschool to Prison Pipeline , 22nd Annual COPAA Conference , Baltimore, MD
- Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects children of all races, ethnicities and income levels; yet, African American children receive an autism diagnosis later in life than white children. Additionally, when African American children are diagnosed with a disability, they are more often diagnosed with behavioral disabilities, such as conduct disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, or ADHD. There are negative attributes associated with these disabilities, which subsequently affect how the children
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12 Questions Answered
- Q. Can a parental request for student retention, due to "maturity" concerns, be denied by a public school system?
- A: Yes, courts have allowed school districts to override parental desires to retain a student if data supports the school's decision to promote him/her to the next grade.
- Q. How does a state of emergency affect schools in the state of Pennsylvania? Are schools deciding to go cyber legal?
- A: Yes, the school is within its legal rights to disseminate education to its students through online learning. Requiring students to attend school, in person, could put more students at risk than necessary, so providing online education would not violate any laws.
- Q. Can you tell a true story on a podcast, change names and locations and it be legal? Can a teacher do this?
- A: As an initial matter, libel consists of the written word, whereas slander is the spoken word. Whether its' libel or slander, they require the information to be false. The defense to a libel or slander lawsuit is the truth. To answer your other question, yes, you can tell stories of people by changing their names and locations without running the risk of legal issues, AS LONG AS the listeners would not be able to tell who you're talking about. Sometimes, other details in the story can still give away the person about whom you're speaking. Also, you can still tell the stories and not run a risk of a lawsuit if the person about whom you're talking has no damage to their reputation within the community.
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