Strengthen Your School's IEP and 504 Plan Process and Protect Student Rights
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GEORGE P. BUTLER III is an attorney at Dickinson Wright PLLC. He earned his B.A. degree from Drew University and his J.D. degree from New England School of Law. Mr. Butler's day-to-day practice is devoted primarily to the servicing of public educational institution clients throughout the state. He also maintains and supervises an extensive litigation, construction, transactional, and real estate practice. Mr. Butler has written and conducted numerous seminars over the years on education, labor and employment, construction, and real estate law topics for National Business Institute, Professional Development Network, Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA), Michigan Community College Business Officials Association (MCCBOA), Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association (MPPOA), Michigan Government Finance Officers Association (MGFOA), Michigan School Public Relations Association (MSPRA), Michigan and Oakland Associations of School Personnel Administrators, Lenawee County ISD Leadership Academy, Berrien County Superintendents, the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies (Metro Bureau), the Southeast Campus Security Forum, the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), the Association of General Contractors (AGC), the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), the Circle of Food Allergic Families (COFAF), and the Department of Corrections. Mr. Butler also serves on the boards of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Matrix Human Services, and Student Leadership Services.
JEFFREY DORNBOS is a trial attorney at Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, who practices in the areas of appellate litigation, employment litigation and professional liability defense. He has extensive courtroom experience, ranging from arguing motions and representing clients at hearings to conducting state and federal jury trials. He also has experience representing clients in state and federal appeals, including arguing before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Dornbos is a seasoned litigator who excels at maintaining excellent client relationships. As a native of the lakeshore, and a former teacher and sailing captain in Holland, he practices throughout west Michigan, working in both the Holland and Grand Rapids offices. Before joining the firm, he worked as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he gained experience with complex federal litigation. He started his career as a high school teacher, before going back to law school to earn his J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University Law School. After which, Mr. Dornbos worked as a civil litigation attorney for the law firm Warner, Norcoss & Judd.
LISA B. KIRSCH SATAWA is an experienced defense attorney at Kirsch Daskas Law Group, who also specializes in trial consulting and training. She is particularly practiced in cases involving criminal defense, children's rights, adoption, and the defense of juveniles charged with crimes. She has established herself as a dedicated attorney who is focused on defending and protecting the rights of adults and juveniles alike. Her multidisciplinary approach to consulting and litigation offers professional results that exceed expectations for her clients. Ms. Kirsch Satawa's experience in litigating a variety of criminal cases, along with her expertise in child abuse and sex crime cases, gives her a comprehensive perspective as an attorney and trial consultant. With her experience as a trial consultant, she has developed a distinctive approach to serving clients that involves an emphasis on linguistics, forensic interviewing, psychology, and medicine, coupled with the law. Ms. Kirsch Satawa is also a certified adoption attorney, helping to bring families together by placing children in loving homes. She belongs to the National Counsel for Children, National Child Abuse Defense Resource Center, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, State Bar of Michigan's Children’s Law Counsel, and the Oakland County Bar Association's Juvenile Law Committee. Ms. Kirsch Satawa graduated from Boston University and Detroit College of Law.
ROBERT A. LUSK is a graduate of Wayne Memorial High School, Michigan State University (B.A. degree), and Wayne State University (J.D. degree, cum laude). Mr. Lusk has more than 30 years of experience practicing education law and labor and employment law. He is widely known and well respected for his education law practice. In 2003, Mr. Lusk founded the education law practice at Clark Hill, PLC, and served as its practice group leader until 2010. That year, with Mr. Albertson, he founded Lusk & Albertson, PLC. His expertise and experience has been recognized by his peers. Mr. Lusk holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ranking for legal skills and ethics (AV). He served as the president of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys from 2004 to 2005. In 2010, he was recognized by DBusiness as a Top Lawyer in the field of education law. This year he was recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Michigan. Mr. Lusk is frequently invited to write, teach and speak on education law topics. He has published articles concerning labor and employment law and education law topics. He has served as adjunct professor of education law at Grand Valley State University and Oakland University. He has also spoken on education law to many organizations around the United States and in Michigan, including the National School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys, the Education Law Association, the Michigan Association of School Boards’ Council of School Attorneys, the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA), the Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO) and the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (“MAASE”).