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CHELSEA L. BERGER is of counsel with Dickinson Wright PLLC, where she focuses her practice primarily in the areas of education and employment law. Ms. Berger prides herself on truly listening and getting to know her clients, so as to best remedy their legal issues and accomplish their goals in the process. She regularly appears in state and federal courts, and at administrative hearings. Ms. Berger has also argued appellate cases in front of the Sixth Circuit and state district courts and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. She received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh and her J.D. degree from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law.
JENNIFER A. HARDIN has been the deputy director of the Legal Services Division of the Ohio School Boards Association since May 2016. In that role, Ms. Hardin assists the division by researching legal questions raised by school district officials and employees, writing articles about school law issues, and participating in seminars and workshops. Prior to her service with OSBA, she worked for the Ohio Ethics Commission for 25 years. Ms. Hardin earned her bachelor's degree, cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati and her J.D. degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
SUSAN G. TOBIN is an attorney with Agins & Gilman LLC. Ms. Tobin spent 32 years as an attorney with the Ohio Disability Rights Law and Policy Center, the state of Ohio's federally designated Protection and Advocacy Agency for people with disabilities. She advocated for the special rights of children. Ms. Tobin was instrumental in convincing the State Department of Education to issues rules restricting the use of restraint and seclusion in Ohio's schools. She was lead counsel in state-wide class action in seeking adequate and equitable funding of special education services to support students in the least restrictive setting, regardless of the wealth of the school district. Ms. Tobin also successfully litigated on behalf of children with autism so that they could receive critical behavioral health services through Medicaid and settled a state-wide lawsuit filed on behalf of voters with disabilities who needed accommodations in the voting process. She earned her J.D. degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Kenyon College.
CHARLES TYLER SR. is a sole practitioner with offices in Akron Ohio and Columbus, Ohio. He focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense, bankruptcy, family law, personal injury and IRS 501(c)3 organizations. Mr. Tyler is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the Educational Law Association. He earned his B.A. degree from South Carolina State University. Mr. Tyler earned his M.A. degree, his master's in public administration, and his J.D. degree from the University of Akron.