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LAUREN M. O'CONNELL MAHLER is an attorney with McAndrews Law Offices, P.C., where she concentrates her practice on representing students with disabilities and their families in special education matters. Ms. O’Connell Mahler works in the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware office. She earned her B.A. degree from Loyola University, Maryland and her J.D. degree from Delaware Law School (formerly Widener University School of Law), where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and the 2010 recipient of the Patricia N. Holsten Memorial Award for Public Interest Pro Bono Service. While pursuing her J.D. degree, Ms. O’Connell Mahler gained experience as a law clerk at Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI) in Delaware, where she worked in the disabilities law program. Following law school, Ms. O’Connell Mahler served as the first judicial clerk to the Honorable Diane Clarke Street of the Superior Court of Delaware. She is licensed to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
MICHAEL P. STAFFORD is counsel with the law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, in their Delaware office. Mr. Stafford concentrates his practice on education law issues, including special education, student rights and discipline, school policies and procedures, and staff termination issues, for both private and public schools. He has represented school districts in special education disputes in both administrative due process hearings and federal and state courts. Mr. Stafford has handled numerous student rights' issues, including complex disputes over students' free speech rights, as well as discipline issues such as search and seizure and expulsion hearings and appeals. He also works with school administrators to develop or revise policies and procedures and provides school staff development and training on a wide variety of topics. Mr. Stafford has extensive experience representing police departments in trial board hearings under the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights, as well as counseling departments on disciplinary policies and procedures. On numerous occasions, he has also represented employers in a range of matters such as wrongful discharge and employment discrimination lawsuits, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, EPA, and state employment statutes. Mr. Stafford is a frequent speaker on education law and employment law issues. He earned his B.A. degree from Washington College and J.D. degree from Duke Law School. Mr. Stafford is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section; the American Bar Association, and its Labor and Employment Section; the American Immigration Lawyers Association; and the Education Law Association.