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I’ve been practicing education law, on behalf of school districts and on behalf of parents throughout the great State of New Jersey, since I was admitted to practice law back in December of 1986 – over 33 years ago!  The public’s knowledge of and utilization of education lawyers, including special education lawyers, has grown exponentially…[..]

New Jersey Association for Justice

On August 6, 2020, Howard Mendelson will speak at the New Jersey Association for Justice Annual Convention, Boardwalk Seminar® 2020. This is a premier CLE event for trial attorneys and he will present, along with colleague Seth N. Broder, Esq., The Alphabet Soup of Special Education: IDEA Overview. Learning and behavioral consultants, social workers, teachers…[..]

Why are New Jersey Special Needs Students Entitled to Extended School Years and/or Compensatory Education During the Summer?

Special Education During New Jersey’s Summer While the chorus from the classic rock anthem triumphantly proclaims that “school’s out for summer,” this is not the case for those New Jersey special education students who are entitled to extended school years, compensatory education, and/or with residential placements. This is accordingly the time of year when child…[..]

NJ Court Addresses Rights of Students and Parents vs. Local School District

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey recently addressed an interesting legal issue involving the rights of students and/or their parents to advocate and/or protest against their local school district. While both our New Jersey Constitution and United States Constitution guarantee every citizen, including every student, parent and/or their legal guardian…[..]

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