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BETSY BRAZY is an attorney with the Law Office of Betsy Brazy in Alameda. Ms. Brazy assists students and their families in obtaining appropriate special education. She is admitted to practice in California and in the U.S. District Courts in Northern and Eastern California. Ms. Brazy earned her B.A. degree from Indiana University, Bloomington and her J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law.
KATHRYN MEOLA is chief deputy with the San Mateo County Counsel’s Office. Ms. Meola has been an attorney with the San Mateo County Counsel’s Office since 2006, and primarily worked with school districts across San Mateo County in both general education and special education areas of law. In 2012, she rose to the position of lead deputy county counsel, and served as general counsel for San Mateo County superintendent of schools, as well as San Mateo County Board of Education. In 2014, Ms. Meola was promoted to the position of chief deputy county counsel and her responsibilities include serving as counsel to the San Mateo County Community College District, San Mateo Union High School District, and Sequoia Union High School District, as well as counsel to the deputy county manager responsible for criminal justice and realignment, and the clerk of the board, as well as supervising the county’s Public Safety departments, and the School Deputy and Special Education Deputy teams. In 2016, she was appointed to the state of California’s Special Education Advisory Committee, where she currently serves as a member. Ms. Meola earned her B.A. degree from Trenton State University and her J.D. degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law.
SANDRA NIERENBERG is Deputy County Counsel with the County of San Mateo. Ms. Nierenberg joined the County Counsel's Office in 2015. She currently serves on the Schools Team and the Special Education Team, as well as defending the county in litigation matters. Ms. Nierenberg earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford and her J.D. degree from the University of Michigan.
LAJOYCE L. PORTER is the managing attorney with the Porter Law Firm in Oakland. Ms. Porter’s practice focuses in representing students in all aspects of education law including, but not limited to, children with learning disabilities, suspensions and expulsions, 504 accommodations for public and private school students, bullying and harassment, and federal court litigation involving students’ civil rights and ADA/504 violations. Ms. Porter earned her B.A. degree from the University of San Francisco and her J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law.
ROBERTA S. SAVAGE is an attorney at the Law Office of Roberta S. Savage in Davis, California. Ms. Savage has dedicated her entire career to representing children with disabilities against school districts in program disputes. The goal of her work is to help parents/students navigate through the process of obtaining a free appropriate public education from their public school. Before attending law school, Ms. Savage worked as a behavioral analyst with a focus in working with families who had a child diagnosed with autism. During this time she frequently saw parents being overwhelmed and short-changed by the IEP process without an understanding of the recourse available for their child or the actual obligations owed to their child by the public school district. She attended law school specifically in order to represent students with disabilities against school districts. She is the co-chair (Northern California) of the California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy (CAPCA); a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), and a member of the State Bar of California. Ms. Savage is admitted to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Northern District of California, Southern District of California and Eastern District of California. She earned her B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of California-Santa Barbara and her J.D. degree from the University of California Davis School of Law.