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SAMANTHA CONWAY is an attorney with the Law Offices of Gerry McMahon, LLC, where she focuses her practice in special education. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Fairfield County Bar Association. Ms. Conway earned her B.S.W. degree from Western Connecticut State University and her J.D. degree from Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.
FREDERICK L. DORSEY is an attorney with Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C., in Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Dorsey is involved in a wide variety of general and special education, labor relations, and employment issues including union representation elections, contract negotiations and administration, unfair labor practice charges, and employment discrimination matters in both the public and private sectors. He focuses his practice in the area of education law, representing boards of education in special education, student expulsion, transportation and residency hearings in addition to conventional labor relations and employment litigation matters. Mr. Dorsey earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Marshall University; his M.B.A. degree from the University of New Haven; and his J.D. degree from Western New England University School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut School Attorneys Council, and the National School Boards Association Council of Attorneys.
MELINDA B. KAUFMANN is of counsel with Pullman & Comley LLC, where she practices in the areas of education law, and labor and employment. She represents boards of education before state and federal agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration, the State Board of Labor Relations, and in arbitrations before American Arbitration Association arbitrators. She advises boards of education on all aspects of their operations. Prior to law school, Ms. Kaufmann gained five years of experience teaching special needs and regular education students. She also drafted middle school mathematics curriculum and designed curricula for special needs students. Most recently she has been an assistant corporation counsel for the city of Hartford. She has presented numerous training seminars to both the education law and labor and employment law markets on various topics, including special education, student discipline, religion in the schools, sexual harassment, discrimination, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Ms. Kaufmann received her B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Albany, her M.S. degree from The College of Saint Rose and her J.D. degree, Order of the Coif, from the William and Mary School of Law.
KATHLEEN WERBNER is an attorney with The Law Office of Courtney P. Spencer, LLC, in Middletown. She represents families with children with special needs. Ms. Werbner has represented children with a wide array of disabilities and has worked diligently to get her clients all of the services that they are entitled to under the law. Prior to joining the firm as an associate, she worked at the firm as a law clerk. Prior to law school she interned in the legal department for the State of Connecticut Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Werbner graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law at the top of her class and earned a B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross. She is admitted to the Connecticut Bar Association.