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LISA SELTZER BECKER is a principal with Offit Kurman, where she practices education and family law (divorce and custody related issues). In her education practice, she represents students and families in school disciplinary matters, Title IX matters, special education cases, and other education matters. In her family law practice, Ms. Becker frequently handles custody cases involving special needs children. Since 2016, she has been the co-chair of the Education Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland. In November, 2016, Ms. Becker moderated the CLE, "Handling Special Needs Children in Family Law Cases: A Legal and Practical Guide," given by the Bar Association of Montgomery County. She presented National Business Institute’s "Maryland Special Education Law" in June, 2013. She has been licensed to practice law since 1996, and barred in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Ms. Becker earned her B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and her J.D. degree from the American University, Washington College of Law.
KATHRYN CHIB is an educational consultant and advocate at Beacon Education Solutions. Ms. Chib has 12 years of experience in special education in a range of roles and positions. She began her career as a substitute teacher in rural Michigan and spent the majority of her career teaching, contracting, and managing charter school special education programs in urban Los Angeles. After relocating to the Baltimore area in 2014, Ms. Chib founded and directed a Type II school for high school students with autism in Prince George's County. She is currently working with a group of parents to found a charter school in Baltimore County. Her educational background includes an M.S. degree in special education from the University of LaVerne, an Administration Certificate I from Johns Hopkins University, and an Autism Authorization from UCLA. Her B.A. degree is from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
LYNNDOLYN T. MITCHELL is the owner of Lynndolyn T. Mitchell Law Offices in Rockville, Maryland. Ms. Mitchell has been representing clients from all economic and social backgrounds in juvenile, family, misdemeanor criminal, and traffic matters in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for more than 27 years. She has served as a senior assistant public defender in Virginia Beach in the juvenile division and felony trial division, and deputy public defender in the juvenile division of the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Mitchell has represented juveniles in delinquency and dependency matters in California, Virginia, and Maryland. She served as an assistant adjunct professor for the University of Maryland University College’s Europe (UMUC) in the disciplines of paralegal studies and criminal justice from 1998-2003. Ms. Mitchell has extensive experience representing military families in all aspects of family law matters. She is a member of Maryland State Bar Association's Solo Small Firm Section (2007-present); Bar Association of Montgomery County’s Education Law Section (2007-present), co-chair 2009-2012; and has served as a member of the school board at Montrose Christian School in Rockville (2005-2008). Ms. Mitchell is admitted to practice in Virginia (1993), California (1987) (Inactive), District of Columbia (2001), Maryland (2006), State Bar of California (inactive), and Montgomery County. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Irvine and her J.D. degree from Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C. Ms. Mitchell currently handles pro bono education law matters for the Maryland Disability Law Center.
ASHLEY S. VanCLEEF is an attorney at the Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, P.C. She is not only an experienced attorney but also a certified special educator. She has served students with disabilities as a special education teacher, school and state level administrator, and school attorney. Prior to joining the Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, P.C., Ms. VanCleef led the Resolution and Compliance Unit (RACU) and served as the 504 coordinator for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). There she instituted informal, collaborative solutions to assist families and school system staff to resolve concerns through the least adversarial means focusing on win-win resolutions. As an attorney for parents, she continues to find dynamic approaches to resolving concerns with student-focused outcomes.Â Ms. VanCleef also worked as a resource teacher for middle schools, non-public schools, and compliance in Howard County Public Schools in Maryland. She provided training for special educators on instructional frameworks and interventions, administration of the Woodcock Johnson educational assessment, writing/conducting individualized education programs (IEPs), and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Additionally, she worked as a case manager for students placed in nonpublic settings and served as a member of the Central Educational Placement Team (CEPT). Prior to moving to Maryland, Ms. VanCleef worked for the state departments of Education in both Texas and Oklahoma. Her many duties included compliance monitoring of school districts, technical assistance for families to access the dispute resolution options of IDEA, and providing statewide training on special education requirements. Ms. VanCleef works with multiple groups to provide professional learning on federal and state education requirements. She is a former adjunct faculty member of Morgan State University where she taught Legal Aspects of Educational Administration and has been a guest lecturer for other colleges. Ms. VanCleef serves on the Mental Health Management Agency Board of Directors for Frederick County, the Frederick County ACE Mentor Program Board of Directors, and previously served on the Commission on Disabilities for Frederick County.Â She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Frederick County Bar Association, International Dyslexia Association, and National Association of the Deaf Advocacy Section.