Monica is Of Counsel to the Firm, and has over twenty years of experience representing boards of education.  She concentrates her practice in the area of special education, student discipline, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and affirmative action. She began her career as a board of education attorney, representing boards in all areas of education law, including labor and negotiations, sending-receiving relationships, student discipline, tenure charges, wrongful discharge, and special education. She also served as Associate Counsel for New Jersey School Boards Association where she authored numerous articles on all aspects of education law and school board membership. Subsequently, she was in private practice representing parents in special education and discipline matters. Having represented both parents and boards of education in special education litigation, Monica offers a unique and practical perspective to resolving issues at the earliest possible stage. She was also honored with a Senate Resolution by the State of New Jersey for her "superlative efforts to further inclusive education and to create a positive school environment for all students."

 

Monica also had the distinction of serving as a Federal Mediator in a class action suit filed by the Education Law Center against the State of New Jersey and the State Operated School District in Federal District Court.

 

In addition, Monica has authored numerous articles on various aspects of special education and school law and her articles have appeared in national publications. She is a regular presenter at Lehigh University and national seminars in the area of special education.

 

Monica served 17 years as a board of education member on a local level and with the Morris County Educational Services Commission. During her tenure as a board member, she passed two building referendums and her District received the distinguished honor of being selected as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. She served as President of the Board of Education for 10 years.

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1996
     Cum Laude
     Seton Hall Center for Social Justice Family Law          Clinic

Montclair State University, B.A., 1993
     Summa Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, 1996
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1996

Memberships

New Jersey Association of School Attorneys

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