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My daughter has recently been sexually harassed at school. (breasts grabbed, touched
inappropriately) She reported the incident and the school did not respond. I am looking for
a lawyer for this situation. I am hoping to find one that will work on contingency. Any
advice/referrals will be appreciated. flustered mom
Michael Sorgen (510.919.3586 firstname.lastname@example.org) handled the case (settled in
2012) of the Berkeley teen who was harassed by a counselor at Berkeley High in
We moved to the area last year, signed a contract for a
preschool and are finding ourselves very unhappy with the
school so far this year.
We've had only amazing experiences with preschools in the
past, so I'm taken back by the lack of communication, and
what seems like poor care etc at our current school.
We signed a fairly stringent contract for the year but would
like to get out of it. I'm unsure of my legal rights around
this and am looking for a good lawyer in the Berkeley area
to help us out.
Thanks so much for your recommendations! (I'm not looking
for advice about what to do with the school, adjustments
etc... with three kids I've become somewhat of a ninja..
freaked out mom
You didn't mention this, so I'll ask: Did you try talking
to the director and ask to have the contract terminated? They may
also feel that your family isn't a good fit for
their school and have a waiting list to readily fill your
spot. I once got out of a preschool contract by just
asking. You might have to pay for an additional month but
it would probably be less than a lawyer's fees. I'd ask
before I ran to a lawyer. If they don't agree to terminate,
you can mention your lawyer and then they may be very
anxious to get rid of you. talk is cheaper than a lawyer
It's a good idea to have an attorney look over the contract so
you understand exactly what you each agreed to, and what the
remedies or consequences are for breaches of the contract.
You may not need to hire an attorney to get out of the
contract, depending on the circumstances. If you don't feel
negotiating on your own to terminate the contract is going to
be effective, this is a situation in which a mediator may be
very useful. Mediators facilitate discussion during the
negotiation, facilitate mutual understanding and
problem-solving, and can help repair relationship rifts. They
can also help both sides keep an eye on the strengths and
weaknesses of their ''case'' and keep the focus on why it is
advantageous to resolve the dispute rather than continue it.
Mediators do not provide legal advice.
My teen-age daughter has been wrongfully expelled from a private
high school in the East Bay. We are wondering if there are lawyers
in the area who can represent us and our daughter in bringing a
civil suit against the school.
Try calling DREDF, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. Located in Berkeley, it
is charged with protecting the civil rights of the disabled. Even though your daughter does
not have a disability, they may be able to put you in touch with a civil rights lawyer who
can help you. I worked with Ann McDonald-Cacho but I imagine any of the counselors
would be able to help identify resources.
Does anyone know an attorney who specializes in educational
issues? We're looking for some legal opinions and help dealing
with school officals ignoring requests for public information and
non-compliance with the education code regarding gifted
education. The archived information and previous questions deal
specifically with special ed and the American Disabilities Act.
anonymous for this one
There are two good websites that have lots of info about special
education, IDEA and ADA.
There is, for obvious reasons, more info about getting help for
kids who are struggling but there is info about gifted education.
Anybody out there able to recommend an attorney who deals with
education issues? Is there such a genre of attorney? The
situation is, roughly, wanting an attorney to help prevail on the
board of a private school to impliment/consider changes regarding
curriculum (trying to meet Cal. state standards as put forth by
the Dept. of Edu., for one). The ideal attorney would also try
to effect that an independent consultant come in and evaluate an
existing teacher and class.
We are trying to bring about change constructively in our school,
so we would appreciate someone expert in matters regarding
enforcing and evaluating education standards from a legalistic
point of view.
I sent a message out to my association on your post and the
following person was suggested:
Jane Reid (in Sebastopol) and her associates Sherman & Ziegler
(in S.F.) while engaged in a public school battle w/ our
daughter's district. They specialize in education law and
should be able to help.
Jane's # is 707-874-9539
Sherman & Ziegler are @ 415-924-1300
I do not believe that private schools in CA are under any
legal mandate to follow state academic guidelines. Many schools do, but to
varying degrees and with modifications to suit their particular philosophies
and approaches--hence the ''independence'' of independent schools. anon
I think if you want your school to closely follow California Standards, then
you need to go to public school... I think the whole point of independent
schools is that they DON'T have to follow California standards. I think
getting a lawyer to try and get them implemented will only set up an
adversarial relationship with the school, and not\ lead to any change.
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