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CHERI BELKOWITZ is the managing member of Belkowitz Law, PLLC, where she primarily represents families of children with special needs, advocating on behalf of her clients as they navigate the special education system in local public schools. Ms. Belkowitz has represented families across Virginia and in Washington, D.C., and her representation includes matters arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the ADA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as in school disciplinary matters. She serves as chair of the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities for Fairfax County Public Schools, serves on the Board of Directors for The Arc of Northern Virginia, and she volunteers as an eighth grade mock trial and court tour guide. Ms. Belkowitz is a long-time member of COPAA, the Disability Rights Bar Association, the Fairfax Bar Association, CHADD, the Autism Society, among many others. She graduated cum laude from Brandeis University and received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law.
LISA FAGAN is the owner of the Law Office of Lisa Fagan, and advises parents of children with disabilities on all matters relating to special education services. She represents clients in mediation, administrative hearings, due process and disciplinary hearings, and provides representation and counsel on matters relating to disability services and special needs planning. Ms. Fagan is a member of the Fairfax County Public Schools Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities and a peer reviewer with the U.S. Department of Education. She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), and the Virginia and American bar associations. Ms. Fagan earned her B.A. degree from Allegheny College and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Washington College of Law, The American University.
JOAN H. PROPER is the owner of The Law Office of Joan H. Proper, PC, where she represents clients in education, family, and juvenile law matters through legal advocacy, dispute resolution mechanisms, and litigation. Ms. Proper is certified as a guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults and serves as counsel for those seeking guardianship and/or conservatorship of an incapacitated adult. She is admitted to the Virginia Bar, and is licensed to practice in the Virginia state courts and the Eastern District of Virginia. Ms. Proper is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Fairfax Bar Association, the Prince William County Bar Association and the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. Prior to law school, she was a teacher for the Diocese of Arlington and then in Fairfax County Public Schools. During law school, Ms. Proper was a law clerk with William B. Reichhardt and Associates and subsequently an associate with the firm. She earned her B.A. degree from Virginia Tech; her M.Ed. degree from the University of Virginia; and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from George Mason University School of Law.
JOHN C. WHITBECK JR. is the founder and majority shareholder of the firm Whitbeck Cisneros & McElroy PC, where his practice focuses on family law, criminal law, mental health law, civil litigation and many other areas. Mr. Whitbeck is an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University Law School, teaching mental illness law, and is the director of the George Mason University Law and Mental Illness Clinic. Mr. Whitbeck graduated with an A.B. degree in politics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. He attended law school at George Mason University, cum laude, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board, the Trial Advocacy Team, and the George Mason Law and Mental Illness Clinic. Mr. Whitbeck is active in the Loudoun County Community, serving at various times on local governmental boards and charitable boards, including the Loudoun County Criminal Justice Board and the Loudoun Cares Board of Directors. He is also an annual participant in the Loudoun County Leadership in the Law Camp for local high school students.