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SCOTT B. AYERS has been in practice for more than 14 years. Mr. Ayers is an advocate for the rights of special education students, negotiating and litigating on behalf of students. He also practices in estate planning, including creating trusts, special needs trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney and medical directives. Mr. Ayers has experience in formation and maintenance of businesses, including limited liability corporations as well as non-profit entities. He has constructed and analyzed contracts for record labels and documentary films. Mr. Ayers earned his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee and his J.D. degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. (Bakersfield and Visalia locations)
DARREN BOGIÉ is an attorney with Schools Legal Service (SLS), where he coordinates the work of the special education practice group. In that role he advises and represents school districts, SELPAs and County Offices of Education in all aspects of special education law. Mr. Bogié is currently one of the most active trial attorneys representing school districts in administrative proceedings. During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, he defended school districts in over 5 percent of the due process hearings held throughout California. Mr. Bogié has assisted and advised clients in the development of policies related to search and serve, assessments, and educational related mental health services. He joined SLS from private practice in Sacramento focusing on civil litigation, and has experience in advising and defending both public and private sector clients. Mr. Bogié is a former adjunct faculty member at CSU Sacramento, deputy county counsel, special assistant in the United States Attorney, and JAG Corps Trial Defense Counsel. He is a member of the California State Bar, the Federal Bar Association, the California Council of School Attorneys and the Kern County Bar Association. Mr. Bogié earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico and his Juris Doctor degree, with distinction, from University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. (Bakersfield and Visalia locations)
M. PRUDENCE HUTTON is a special education attorney servicing the Fresno/Central Valley of California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her practice for the last 15 years includes special education representation of students with a focus on dispute resolution, mediation, fact finding, investigation, settlement counsel, and consultation. Ms. Hutton lectures at local universities, parent organizations and non-profits including a presentation to the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates on “Reading Under IDEA: Defining Needs and Enforcing Rights.” Her experiences as a legal aid education law staff attorney developed a focus on training for parents and educators to build and improve early, effective and durable dispute resolution practices to foster positive educational outcomes and reduce expensive adversarial proceeding for students with disabilities and health issues. Ms. Hutton has presented twice for the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) on “Restorative Justice: Evolving Practices for Special Education Students” and "How Apology Can Promote Exemplary Practices for Reducing Special Education Disputes” for its 6th and 5th Symposia. She earned her B.A. degree from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, a legal assistant certificate from Georgetown University, and her J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law. Ms. Hutton has received ADR training at Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Fresno Pacific University’s Center for Peace Making & Conflict Studies programs on “Restorative Discipline” and Victim Offender Reconciliation. (Bakersfield and Visalia locations)
JAMES VICTOR KOSNETT is the senior attorney of the Kosnett Law Firm in Los Angeles. Mr. Kosnett has represented students, their families, and licensed professionals throughout central and southern California since 1976. He focuses his practice in the areas of education, administrative law, and professional licensing; and his son, attorney Louis Kosnett, primarily practices civil litigation and criminal law. Mr. Kosnett's experience ranges from school hearings at every level (elementary through post-graduate), before the Office of Administrative Hearings and federal, state, and local agencies, to courts at every level (Superior to Appellate State Courts, and Federal District Courts and Circuit Courts of Appeal). He earned his B.A. degree from Yale University and his J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law. Mr. Kosnett is a member of the State Bar of California, and the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills bar associations. (Ventura location)
KATHLEEN M. LOYER is with the Law Offices of Kathleen M. Loyer, Inc. Since 1997, Ms. Loyer’s practice has been focused primarily in the areas of special education (the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). She also handles issues related to general education, civil rights and disability law. This includes representing children and their parents in special education due process hearings, disciplinary actions, mediations, and all levels of negotiations and litigation regarding educational issues, as well as appellate reviews in Federal District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She was an original member of the Orange County Juvenile Court Educational Attorney Panel handling educational matters for minors involved in the juvenile court system. On occasion, her cases have received coverage in local major media outlets, such as the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, PBS, as well as a national TV magazine. Ms. Loyer has been a presenter at trainings for the California Department of Education, California Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) ALJ trainings, for the Orange County Juvenile Court bench, the OC SSA, Probation Department and court staff, and is a frequent speaker at various parent support group events and national seminars. Ms. Loyer is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. (Ventura location)
ALISON SAROS is an attorney and founder of Saros Law and Educational Consulting, combining her prior career as a prosecutor with her experience working in public school systems for the last 5 years as a teacher and school counselor. She serves the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles in the areas of educational law, civil rights, criminal defense and family law. Ms. Saros earned her B.A. degree from Michigan State University and her J.D. degree from Southwestern University School of Law. She spent the first 16 years of her career prosecuting criminal cases as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney. Ms. Saros also worked for several years as an adjunct professor of law teaching criminal-law-in-practice at Southwestern University School of Law and teaching and training fellow deputy district attorneys and law enforcement, primarily on constitutional issues. With a desire to help children in the school system, Ms. Saros switched directions. She obtained teaching credentials, worked as a teacher and simultaneously returned to graduate school to pursue a Master’s in School Counseling from LMU. (Ventura location)
CHERYLEE SHAAR is an attorney with Shaar Legal Group, in Irvine. Ms. Shaar has more than 17 years of legal experience practicing in the areas of dependency, delinquency and special education law. She is a member of the State Bar of California and director of the Mariners Church Legal Ministry. Ms. Shaar earned her B.A. degree from Colorado State University and her J.D. degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. (Ventura location)