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VICKI J. BEJMA is an attorney in the Providence law firm of Robinson & Clapham. She has served as counsel to numerous school districts, and also in the areas of labor and employment, collections, civil rights, personal injury, and legal research and writing. Ms. Bejma earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Rhode Island College and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law. She is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts bar associations. Ms. Bejma is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Districts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
JOSHUA D. KRELL is a partner with Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry, a general practice firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His primary practice centers upon the representation of private schools and human service agencies serving individuals with special needs, as well as other non-profit and for-profit entities. Mr. Krell advises clients with regard to corporate issues, regulatory agencies and administrative matters, employment and probate issues, and special education-related litigation. Prior to joining Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry in 2000, he worked as an assistant attorney general in the Insurance and Unemployment Fraud divisions for more than six years. Mr. Krell earned his B.A. degree from Bates College and his J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law. He has been licensed to practice in both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of Maine since 1992, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts since 1994. Mr. Krell is a member of the Boston Inn of Court, and further serves his community as a member of both the Board of Directors of the East End House in Cambridge and the Human Rights Committee at The Learning Center, a special education program of The Guild for Human Services in Waltham.
CHRISTINE MARINELLO is the owner of, and principal attorney at, Marinello Law. Admitted to the bar in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, she has 18 years of litigation experience, practicing before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies in both states. Ms. Marinello practices primarily in Rhode Island, and focuses on representing children and families in education matters and representing employers, as well as private and public employees, in employment matters concerning hiring; severance agreements; handbooks; wage and hour laws; FMLA; ADA accommodations; and age, pregnancy, gender and disability discrimination claims. Ms. Marinello serves as a guardian ad litem, as appointed by local probate court judge, in adult guardianship matters. A trained meditator, she serves on the panel of approved mediators for the Rhode Island Department of Education. She also mediates employment-related matters in her private practice. She is a past board member of the Rhode Island Parent Information Network and past member of the Governor’s Commission on Traumatic Brain Injuries. Ms. Marinello earned her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. She often speaks on special education and employment matters for CLE programs and community events.
ELLEN SAIDEMAN has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney and has also spent 13 years teaching legal writing at Roger Williams University School of Law. She has litigated disability rights cases, including special education cases, since 1988 in four states: Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. Ms. Saideman is admitted to five federal district courts, four federal circuit courts, and the Supreme Court. She has represented parents in due process hearings, as well as in mediation and IEP meetings, and she has also handled numerous cases in federal court, ranging from individual special education to class actions. For her work in Prado-Steiman v. Chiles, which resulted in dramatic expansion of Florida’s Home and Community-Based Waiver for individuals with developmental disabilities, Ms. Saideman received ARC South Florida’s 2000 Marvin Finkel Memorial Advocacy Award and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council’s 2000 Outstanding Mentor/Advocate Award. She is a board member and co-chair of the Amicus Committee of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). She has written numerous amicus briefs, including serving as co-counsel in the two Supreme Court cases decided in 2017: Fry and Endrew F. She has also presented at COPAA’s annual conference on several occasions. Ms. Saideman received her B.A. degree from Barnard College and her J.D. degree from Columbia Law School.