Michelle Alissa Ball

Michelle Alissa Ball

Student Attorney and Advocate
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  • California
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Michelle Ball has represented students throughout California since 1995 in expulsion, suspension, special education, 504, sports, bullying, Title IX, discrimination and many other student matters.

Michelle assists parents and students with public and private, pre-K, elementary, middle school and high school problems, as well as college difficulties, across California.

Michelle is located in Sacramento and has a highly informative website and blog on student education issues.

https://edlaw4students.com/
https://edlaw4students.com/blog/

Practice Area
Education Law
Fees
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner/attorney
Law Office of Michelle Ball
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Education attorney for students assisting with expulsion, suspension, discipline, transfer, special education, 504, sports, attendance, harassment, discrimination, and most other education law issues. Helping students in public and private schools, at all grade levels, including pre-school, elementary, junior high, high school, and college since 1995.
Education
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
J.D. (1994)
Honors: Graduated "With Distinction," top 25% of class
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Univ of California Santa Barbara
B.A. (1991) | Law & Society
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 173429
Member
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
Student Rights Blog by Lawyer Michelle Ball
Videos
Bullying in school, victims rights, school transfers. What can parents and students do? California law can help victims of bullying. Know your rights! Bullied Students Have School Transfer Priority. Victims Rights (California Law)

Bullying in school, victims rights, school transfers. What can parents and students do? California law can help victims of bullying. Know your rights!

If the parent removes the student from the school or school district prior to the expulsion hearing, can the school district still expel the student? Know Your Rights! Can

If the parent removes the student from the school or school district prior to the expulsion hearing, can the school district still expel the student? Know Your Rights!

504s are legally binding documents which obligate schools to do the things required by the 504 Plan. 504 Plans are powerful. A 504 Plan is a written document for a qualified disabled student, which lists out various accommodations which the school is supposed to put in place while the student is at school. Teachers, school, and district staff may be bound by a 504. Do Schools Have To Follow Student 504 Plans? Yes!

504s are legally binding documents which obligate schools to do the things required by the 504 Plan. 504 Plans are powerful. A 504 Plan is a written document for a qualified disabled student, which lists out various accommodations which the school is supposed to put in place while the student is at school. Teachers, school, and district staff may be bound by a 504.

Expulsion notices have minimum legal requirements that have to be met in California to be legitimate. Expulsion Notices Have To Contain These Things To Be Legal

Expulsion notices have minimum legal requirements that have to be met in California to be legitimate.

College students facing discipline allegations may be desperate to resolve allegations against them, even if they may be false. Sadly, sometimes distressed university students sign bad agreements due to fear. Heavy College Discipline Agreements For Minor Allegations Are Bad

College students facing discipline allegations may be desperate to resolve allegations against them, even if they may be false. Sadly, sometimes distressed university students sign bad agreements due to fear.

Here is how a parent can get an interdistrict school transfer for a student in California. How To Get An Interdistrict Transfer

Here is how a parent can get an interdistrict school transfer for a student in California.

Once a parent actually HAS a 504 plan for a student, the fight has just begun. There is a difference between having a 504 plan on paper and actually getting it carried out in school. Here is how you get schools to implement student 504 plans. How To Get Schools To Actually Implement A 504 Plan

Once a parent actually HAS a 504 plan for a student, the fight has just begun. There is a difference between having a 504 plan on paper and actually getting it carried out in school. Here is how you get schools to implement student 504 plans.

Don't want your high schooler recruited by the military? Here's what parents can do. How To Stop Military Recruiters At High Schools From Talking To Your Child

Don't want your high schooler recruited by the military? Here's what parents can do.

What is a PHYSICAL assault on a sports official, referee, umpire, coach or other game or event official? Can a student be banned from sports and if so how do you lift a ban? What is the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)? Physical Assault Means No More High School Sports

What is a PHYSICAL assault on a sports official, referee, umpire, coach or other game or event official? Can a student be banned from sports and if so how do you lift a ban? What is the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)?

Sudden exclusions for sexual harassment under the federal law, Title IX, are devastating students. Students may be moved or pushed out of their regular school environment while the Title IX process progresses, and may face even harsher discipline, such as expulsion, after the Title IX process concludes. Parents need to know about this difficult law. School Exclusions Under Title IX (Sex Harassment) Can Be Brutal

Sudden exclusions for sexual harassment under the federal law, Title IX, are devastating students. Students may be moved or pushed out of their regular school environment while the Title IX process progresses, and may face even harsher discipline, such as expulsion, after the Title IX process concludes. Parents need to know about this difficult law.

Can a parent question anything in their child's records? Can you refuse psychological testing? Can you observe your child Sixteen Rights Parents May Not Know They Have

Can a parent question anything in their child's records? Can you refuse psychological testing? Can you observe your child

Parents can get help from the special education IEP team when a special needs student is bullied, or bullies. Special Education and Bullying- How To Get More Help

Parents can get help from the special education IEP team when a special needs student is bullied, or bullies.

Sometimes a special education meeting, aka an IEP, should be requested by a parent. Find out when. Special Education Meetings Are Powerful, When Should An IEP Be Requested?

Sometimes a special education meeting, aka an IEP, should be requested by a parent. Find out when.

School discipline can be imposed even if a student is innocent. When a student is up for school punishment, such as suspension or expulsion, everyone presumes they Suspension and Expulsion of Innocent Students

School discipline can be imposed even if a student is innocent. When a student is up for school punishment, such as suspension or expulsion, everyone presumes they

Did you know that teachers in California must report students for things they write which could show homicidal intent, in their journals, papers, or in other locations. Schools are now secret spies and this can lead to trouble for kids who scribble a weapon on a page or write a horror story. Teachers Must Now Spy And Report California Students Scary Writings

Did you know that teachers in California must report students for things they write which could show homicidal intent, in their journals, papers, or in other locations. Schools are now secret spies and this can lead to trouble for kids who scribble a weapon on a page or write a horror story.

Avoid these things at student expulsion hearings! Want To Fight A School Expulsion? Don't Do These Things!

Avoid these things at student expulsion hearings!

Tips on what to say at a student expulsion hearing to get a better result What To Say At A School Expulsion Hearing To Get A Better Outcome

Tips on what to say at a student expulsion hearing to get a better result

Legal Answers
11 Questions Answered
Q. If my child has an intellectual disability should the iep team mention it at iep meeting she also has autism
A: To qualify for an IEP, the student has to have a qualifying category of impairment. This could be Autism or other category. Does an IEP team have a legal obligation to speak certain words at an IEP specifically? The disabilities and needs of the student guide the development of the document, but there is no law stating the name of the exact qualifying category must be verbally stated at every IEP

The students needs must be addressed, whatever the qualifying category. If an IEP team does not bring up something pertinent, the parent can bring it up and the needs of the student that they request be addressed.
Q. Is it legal for a high school counselor to take a video of your message logs between you and another student?
A: In California it is illegal for any government entity to obtain electronic data unless a warrant is obtained and/or the access fits within certain legal parameters, even in a public school. However, if you agreed to give them access, they can retrieve the information. https://edlaw4students.com/school-searches-electronics/

A bigger problem is you need to address the potential discipline which may now occur, due to this evidence they now possess.
Q. My son was jumped at school by a couple kids wearing masks. He has a busted nose and lip. What legal options do we have?
A: Regarding the school site and protections in the future: you can try to work with the school on determining who the kids could be, to get this addressed and ensure this does not happen again to your son. The school may pursue suspension or expulsion of the offenders if they can be identified. Schools often have cameras and may be able to figure out who the students may be.

On the personal injury matter, it can be tough to find an attorney for small injuries, but you could also look into that with a personal injury type of attorney.

Good luck.
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