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KATHERINE A. BEENKEN is an attorney at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., in Des Moines, Iowa. She works primarily in the firm's education practice, where she assists clients in a variety of capacities, including counseling on personnel issues and labor relations, contract and policy review, and representation in special education matters. Ms. Beenken earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Drake University; and her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Iowa College of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the Polk County Bar Association, as well as the Polk County Women Attorneys.
MELISSA NINE is an attorney with Nine Law Office, where she practices in the areas of family law, auto accidents, criminal defense, appeals and mediation. She was admitted to the Iowa Supreme Court and Northern and Southern districts of Iowa; and is licensed to practice in the Tribal Court of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, as well as in the Meskwaki Appellate Court. Ms. Nine has been a speaker at conferences held by the tribal court. She became a court certified mediator in 2011 and has additional training in the areas of domestic violence. Ms. Nine is a member of Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, Marshall County Bar Association, Legal Shield, Iowa Mediator's Association, and the Family & Juvenile Law Section Committee of the ISBA. She received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude and her J.D. degree from Drake University.
CARRIE WEBER is a member of Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.'s education law practice area, serving K-12 school districts, with an emphasis in special education. Having served as a public education teacher both in the United States and abroad, she has a strong passion for working with educational institutions. Ms. Weber's experience in the classroom and directly with students, parents and administrators provides practical and strategic insight into her work as an attorney. She works on a variety of issues, including those related to accessibility, accommodations, student programming, student discipline, and procedural rights, as well as those arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Ms. Weber's practice also includes drafting and negotiating contracts, policies, and procedures to assist her clients with maintaining legal compliance in their day-to-day operations. Prior to attending law school, she was a public elementary education teacher in the Des Moines public schools and Minneapolis public schools, and also spent one year teaching in Brussels, Belgium. She earned her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and her J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law.