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STEPHON J. BOWENS is the managing attorney of Bowens Law Group, PLLC, where his primary focus is education law related matters. The firm represents students with special needs who have been denied a Free Appropriate Public Education, as well as students adversely affected by improper disciplinary proceedings within traditional public schools. The firm has been instrumental in the development and representation of public charter schools in North Carolina. Mr. Bowens is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of North Carolina and federal courts of Washington, D.C. He has appeared and argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit, as well as the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He is a former member of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Law Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association. Mr. Bowens also is a contributor to and editor of the seventh edition of Ten Ways To Save Your Land, a book designed to assist laypersons with the protection of their greatest asset, their land. He is an editor and contributor to A Parent's Guide to Public School Discipline, and handbook for parents regarding their right to participate in the education and disciplinary proceedings of their children in the public schools. Mr. Bowens earned his B.A. degree from North Carolina State University and his J.D. degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. He is an education policy fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership.
ANN M. PARADIS is a sole practitioner in Cary who has a broad and extensive background providing services, including legal services, to low income individuals, elderly persons, students, children and their families, and people with disabilities, including mental disabilities. Ms. Paradis believes that every person needs to be listened to and understood. She is admitted to the state courts in North Carolina and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Ms. Paradis has worked for legal service and legal aid organizations in Massachusetts and North Carolina. She also has worked in private practice in Johnston County and Wake County. Ms. Paradis is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Council of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts - Amhurst and her J.D. degree from Western New England College.
CHESSELEY ROBINSON is an attorney with the Law Office of Ann M. Paradis. Mr. Robinson is a barred attorney in the District of Columbia and has practiced educational law for the past 13 years. He has conducted in excess of 100 due-process hearings under IDEA 1997/IDEIA 2004 in the District of Columbia. He also worked as defense counsel for juvenile delinquents and status offenders in the District of Columbia from 2009 until 2014. Mr. Robinson was a hearing officer for Guilford County Public Schools from 2006 until 2009, a hearing officer for the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina from 2005 until 2006, and served as a legislative intern for the Judiciary Committee in the summer of 2002 under the supervision of Ted Calo in the Honorable John Conyer’s office. Mr. Robinson taught criminal law and procedure and legal ethics at both Southeastern University (2003-2005) and Bowie State University (2004).Â Prior to attending law school, he was a teacher and student mentor part time at Bonner Academy, a program for troubled and/or disadvantaged teens. Mr. Robinson earned his B.A. degree from North Carolina State University. He earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of the District of Columbia-David A. Clarke School of Law.