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CRAIG D. BECKER is an attorney with Craig David Becker Attorney at Law, LLC, where he practices education law and criminal defense. He also practices special education law, representing students, including special needs students, who have been denied an appropriate and effective education, as well as representing students in disciplinary actions. In addition to maintaining his own firm, Mr. Becker is of counsel to the law firm of Gerstein Grayson & Cohen, LLP. He is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Becker is trustee for the Camden County Bar Association; and is a member of the Burlington County, New Jersey State, and Pennsylvania (Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee) bar associations. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of law. (Hasbrouck Heights and Toms River locations)
JOANNE L. BUTLER is a partner in the law firm of Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP. Ms. Butler's law practice is primarily devoted to the areas of education and public employment law. She represents numerous boards of education as general or special counsel. In addition to providing her school district clients with counsel in the many components of school law, including student, staff, and board operations issues, Ms. Butler represents her clients in litigation matters including student residency, discipline, and special education hearings, staff tenure proceedings, employment discrimination matters, grievance arbitrations, unfair practice proceedings, and bid/contracting disputes. She regularly appears before the Department of Education, the Office of Administrative Law, the Public Employees Relations Commission, the Division on Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the various state and federal courts. Ms. Butler is a trustee of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys and a member of the National Council of School Attorneys. She also is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association's School Law Committee and its Labor and Employment Law Section. Ms. Butler frequently lectures and provides in-service training on various education and employment issues. After attending Penn State University for two years, she graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, summa cum laude. Ms. Butler attended the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America. She served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. (Hasbrouck Heights location)
BETH CALLAHAN is a partner at Callahan & Fusco LLC. Ms. Callahan has represented hundreds of families of children with disabilities, including, but not limited to, autism, dyslexia, ADD and ADHD, ED, school phobia, anxiety disorders, Marfan Syndrome, medical fragility, and auditory processing disorder, in obtaining free appropriate public educations. Ms. Callahan has been special counsel on special education issues to several private state approved schools that have full time programs based on the science of applied behavior analysis. She has represented several charter schools in dealing with special education compliance, harassment intimidation and bullying matters and she presents her program on the issue of bullying to students of all grade levels. Ms. Callahan edited the Disability Law Primer, and is published in several journals on special education and related legal topics. Ms. Callahan earned her B.A. degree from the Catholic University of America and her J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and she is admitted to the federal and state bars of New Jersey. (Toms River location)
ERIN D. GILSBACH is an of counsel attorney with the law firm of Steckel and Stopp in Pennsylvania and the executive director of EdLaw Interactive, an organization that provides school law training to educators and school leaders nationwide. Ms. Gilsbach is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels. She provides legal consulting services and a wide variety of school law training programs to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, school leader organizations, educator associations, parent groups, and other organizations. In addition to special education issues, she specializes in legally-defensible policy and procedural development for schools, trending legal issues regarding technology and education, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and a variety of other school law topics. Ms. Gilsbach currently serves as the president of the PSBA Solicitor's Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys. She earned her J.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. (Toms River location)
KATLYN Q. RYAN is an attorney with Callahan & Fusco LLC where her practice is primarily focused on special education litigation. Ms. Ryan also provides counsel to charter schools and private schools for children with disabilities to ensure that all of their students are receiving the appropriate level of services. Additionally, she represents and advocates for victims of bullying and discrimination at colleges and universities. Ms. Ryan appears before the Office of Administrative Law, the United States District Court District of New Jersey, and Impartial Hearing Officers in New York State. She earned her B.A. degree from Gettysburg College and her J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. Ms. Ryan is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York. (Toms River location)
LAURA A. SICLARI is an attorney with McCusker Anselmi Rosen & Carvelli, P.C., based in Florham Park, New Jersey. Her primary areas of expertise are special education and disability law, environmental law, labor and employment law, and general litigation. Ms. Siclari's disability practice involves the representation of individuals with disabilities and their families. She also counsels clients on special needs estate planning, including the preparation of special needs trusts. Ms. Siclari also represents clients in guardianship proceedings involving disabled individuals or minors. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit; U.S. District Court of New Jersey; and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern districts of New York. Ms. Siclari is currently a member of American and New Jersey bar associations, New York County Lawyers Association, and the Essex County Bar Association. She earned her B.S. degree, cum laude, from The College of New Jersey Law & Justice and her J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law. (Hasbrouck Heights location)
PHILIP E. STERN supports the school law and employment and labor practice groups for DiFrancesco Bateman Kunzman Davis Lehrer & Flaum, PC. Mr. Stern has more than three decades of experience in all facets of education law, representing countless public and private school districts, colleges and universities in collective bargaining, special education, employment litigation, and student and staff disciplinary issues. His legal work on behalf of educational institutions places a high priority upon professional development and training, seeking to prevent legal problems before they become costly and time-consuming litigation matters. He has negotiated countless collective bargaining agreements on behalf of educational institutions, utilizing techniques derived from both positional and interest-based bargaining. In the educational setting, Mr. Stern's negotiating philosophy is shaped by the client’s ultimate goal to facilitate excellent teaching and learning. Towards that end, tenets of fairness, respect, and discipline have earned him a reputation of integrity by participants on both sides of the bargaining table. As in-house counsel for the South Orange and Maplewood School District from 2013 to 2016, Mr. Stern worked extensively with the district in furtherance of meaningful solutions to litigation challenges. He has litigated in all New Jersey judicial and administrative forums, from the New Jersey Supreme Court to the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission to the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law. While he appreciates the need to avoid litigation whenever possible, he also recognizes that, at times, a client’s interests require the time and commitment of a trial. As such, he has litigated full jury trials and administrative hearings. Mr. Stern earned his B.A. degree from Wesleyan University, his M.A. degree in educational administration from Montclair State College, and his J.D. degree from New York Law School. (Hasbrouck Heights location)