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STEVEN ALIZIO is a special education attorney at The Law Office of Steven Alizio, PLLC. He has extensive and varied experience within the education sector. Prior to law school, Mr. Alizio was a high school mathematics teacher in New York for seven years. Before he established The Law Office of Steven Alizio, PLLC, he practiced special education law in the Special Education Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group ("NYLAG"), and later in a New York City-based special education law firm. Mr. Alizio has substantial experience advocating for students and their parents throughout the IEP and hearing processes, and he has worked on a federal class-action lawsuit against a large charter organization and the New York City Department of Education. He has also provided special education training sessions for doctors, social workers, and other personnel throughout New York City. Mr. Alizio is admitted to practice law in New York. He received his M.S.Ed. from Hofstra University, and he studied philosophy and politics at The George Washington University and Pembroke College, Oxford University. Mr. Alizio earned his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
JACOB S. FELDMAN is a founding partner in the Garden City law firm of Frazer & Feldman. He received his J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. degree (cum laude) from Brooklyn College. He is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York, the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit and the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York. Since 1987, he has served public school districts as general counsel. He has handled the defense of public school districts in major federal and state litigation involving civil rights, age, race, disability and sexual discrimination matters, sexual harassment complaints, special education matters, and appeals to the Appellate Division, First and Second Departments, the New York State Court of Appeals and to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has handled the successful defense of dozens of impartial hearings and appeals to the SRO and federal courts on behalf of school districts. Mr. Feldman is a frequent speaker in various special education law programs, speaking on topics including "Developing a Bulletproof IEP," student discipline, preparation for and defense of impartial hearings and Section 504 in N.Y., conducted by the Nassau-Suffolk Academies of Law, NYSSBA, LIASEA, the Council of New York Special Education Administrators, St. John's University, and many of our school district clients. He is the author of "Read All About It," a monthly compilation of special education cases appearing in the "Attorney’s Corner" of Frontline's Directors' Website. He has been recognized annually by Pulse magazine as one of Long Island's Top Legal Eagles in the field of Education Law since 2010 and by New York Magazine as a "Legal Leader - New York Area's Top Rated Lawyers" annually since 2013.
RANDY P. GLASSER is a member of the firm of Guercio & Guercio, LLP, which presently maintains offices in Farmingdale and Latham, New York. Before joining the firm, she held the position of staff attorney at Long Island Advocacy and Long Island Advocates, Inc. She has presented numerous workshops for members of school administration and personnel on topics such as bullying, sexual harassment, special education, parliamentary issues, student discipline, FERPA, HIPAA, and student residency. Ms. Glasser has served as an associate professor at Adelphi University, and adjunct professor at Hofstra University and Long Island University. In addition, she was appointed arbitrator on various matters before the American Arbitration Association, New York Stock Exchange and National Association of Securities Dealers. Ms. Glasser concentrates on various aspects of representing municipalities; including school districts, libraries, water districts, and fire districts. She has lectured on special education issues and bullying at the Annual School Law Conference held by the Suffolk & Nassau Academies of Law, and at legal clinics held at Hofstra University; on bullying at the Practicing Law Institute; and on FERPA and special education issues for National Business Institute. Ms. Glasser has trained arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. She graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law. Ms. Glasser is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She served as the chairperson of the Education Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association from 2008 to 2011, and in October of 2011, commenced a two year term as a board trustee for the Nassau County Supreme Court Library.
TIMOTHY MAHONEY is a partner in the law firm of Frazer & Feldman, LLP, where he practices in the areas of special education matters, including impartial hearings and appeals, and attends Section 504 and CSE meetings, student discipline, and manifestation determination hearings. Mr. Mahoney is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York, as well as the Federal Court in the Eastern and Southern districts of New York. He received his J.D. degree from City University School of Law and his B.A. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
DOUGLAS A. SPENCER is a partner at The Law Offices of Douglas A. Spencer, PLLC. In 2015, Mr. Spencer founded the Law Offices of Douglas A. Spencer, PLLC with his partner Regina Marie Cafarella, Esq. The firm represents clients in litigation in state and federal courts, in matters before the Commissioner of Education, State Review Officer, Public Employment Relations Board, New York State Division of Human Rights, Office for Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in teacher disciplinary proceedings; civil service law; Section 75 hearings; in matters before the CSE; and in mediation and impartial hearings and any related appeals. Mr. Spencer has published several articles on behalf of the New York State School Boards Association, and lectured before the New York State Association of School Attorneys and Suffolk and Nassau County Bar Associations. He regularly presents on topics at the forefront of the ever-changing educational landscape, including compliance with special education and related laws, student discipline, policy development, and litigation avoidance. Mr. Spencer is a graduate of the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice, summa cum laude. He thereafter earned his law degree from Hofstra University's Maurice A. Deane School of Law. Mr. Spencer commenced the practice of law as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, New York. While in the District Attorney’s Office, he prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases serving in the Major Crime Bureau. Mr. Spencer served the majority of his tenure with the District Attorney’s Office in the Appeals Bureau where he practiced regularly in state and federal courts. He has argued successfully in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department and the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Following the District Attorney's Office and for more than a decade, Mr. Spencer served as general and labor counsel to more than a dozen school districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties in matters relating to the education of students with disabilities, including proceedings brought pursuant to the IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and related laws. He likewise advised on matters relating to student allergies, student bullying and harassment, including DASA, discrimination, civil rights violations, and matters relating to student discipline, residency, transportation, transgender student rights, and foreign exchange programs. In all, Mr. Spencer has nearly 20 years of practice before New York state and federal courts, the New York State Education Department ("NYSED"), the United States Department of Education ("DOE"), the New York State Commissioner of Education, the New York State Review Officer ("SRO"), the United States Office for Civil Rights ("OCR"), and the New York State Division of Human Rights ("DHR"), to name but a few.