I have been practicing law at Udall Shumway since 1987, have been a partner of the firm since 1993, and lead the firm's education law practice group. I am very pleased to devote my practice entirely to representing school districts, community colleges, charter schools and other public educational institutions.
I provide daily advice and assistance to school districts and other public educational institutions. I represent and defend educational institutions in administrative and court proceedings. I advise and represent clients in matters that include but are not limited to: personnel issues; special education; Section 504 and ADA issues; student disciplinary hearings; student records; contracts; policy development; governing board liability and open meeting and public records issues. I have extensive experience working with matters involving the EEOC, OCR, DOJ, and the Arizona State Department of Education.
In November 2006, I was named a Top Education Attorney in Phoenix Magazine and I have been repeatedly selected by my peers as a Best Lawyer in America in the specialty of Education Law, including the most recent selection for 2013.
I have been a regular presenter at State-wide conferences and conduct a great many in-service and training programs for school personnel on a variety of topics relating to education law. I have also authored articles for National and State publications on a variety of topics of interest to educators.
I am a member of the National School Board Association, Arizona School Boards Association and Arizona Council of School Attorneys and have also been an adjunct faculty member for Arizona State University, teaching graduate level Education Law classes for the College of Education, Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I have been on the steering committee for the Arizona School Administrators Principal and the Law conference for approximately 16 years and have also been a regular speaker at the annual law conferences sponsored by the Arizona School Boards Association and the Arizona Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE). In March 2009, I was presented with the Laura Ganoung Award, which is CASE's highest award recognizing leadership in the area of special education.