After practicing for over 31 years in the areas of school law, criminal defense, juvenile justice and family law, I have decided to pull back and refocus my law practice. In December 2014 we closed our Fairfax office and moved to a part-time virtual office model in Alexandria, Virginia. I will continue to work in the areas of special education and school law. Specifically, I will concentrate on providing legal advice and guidance for parents of special needs children; legal consultation for parents of children with mental health challenges and continuing as general counsel for the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers.
As I pull back from many years of a litigation practice, I have come to a greater appreciation for the need for training and supporting experienced advocates who assist parents of children with special needs. This need is particularly acute in the minority communities.
As I move into the next phase of my legal career, I would like to put some renewed effort to mentoring young lawyers and continuing to work with educators, physicians and mental health providers to strengthen collaborative ties to the benefit of children. And yes, part of that effort will be to revitalize this blog. To those I have worked with and those I have yet to meet……..I’ll be talking with you soon.