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KRISTEN DIKEMAN is an attorney with Hufford, Horstman, Mongini, Parnell, & Tucker, P.C., where her practice primarily focuses on the representation of public school districts and P.L. 100-297 grant schools. Prior to joining Hufford Horstman, Ms. Dikeman completed a judicial clerkship with the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. She is admitted to practice law in Arizona and is a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association. Ms. Dikeman earned her B.A. degree in Native American Studies, Master of Regional and City Planning, and her J.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma. (Flagstaff location)
VICTORIA IKERD-SCHREITER is the owner of Law Offices of Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter, Counselor at Law. Ms. Ikerd-Schreiter focuses her practice in representing individuals with disabilities and the education and training of parents of their rights. She provides lectures, seminars, and trainings fluently in both English and Spanish for parents throughout San Diego County both through support groups and through the non-profit, Real League of Justice. Through Real League of Justice, Ms. Ikerd-Schreiter continues to advocate on a policy level, as well to maintain the funding and services that serve the bigger picture of adults and children with special needs. She has also spoken and continues to speak at many conferences and events as a keynote and break out session speaker in both English and Spanish on the topics of disability, services, legal strategies, policy, and advocacy. Ms. Ikerd-Schreiter received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from San Diego State University and her J.D. degree from California Western School of Law. (Flagstaff and Tucson locations)
HOPE N. KIRSCH, M.A. (Ed.), Esq., is a licensed special education teacher and 25-year attorney and Judge Pro Tem. She practices special education law with her sister, Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, at Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, representing K-12 and higher education students throughout Arizona in school-related matters including advocacy, due process, 504s, OCR, discipline, and bullying. Ms. Kirsch was a special education teacher and coordinator in the New York City public schools for 18 years where she worked with the most challenging populations and supervised and trained teachers in teaching strategies, curriculum development, writing IEPs, and behavior management. She has a bachelor’s degree in special education from Boston University, a master’s degree in special education from NYU, 30+ post-graduate credits in educational supervision and administration, and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Kirsch is admitted to the state and federal district courts in New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a frequent speaker nationally and locally on education law and has trained mental health professionals, education advocates, attorneys, and parents in educational advocacy. (Phoenix and Flagstaff and Tucson locations)
LORI KIRSCH-GOODWIN is a founding member and partner with the special education law firm, Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, which has been recognized in the Phoenix Business Journal as the top specialty law firm in special education. She is a 28-year trial attorney who devotes her practice to special education. Ms. Kirsch-Goodwin is the mother of a young adult on the autism spectrum who also has cerebral palsy. She began her practice in special education law as she began navigating her son's issues through the school system. Ms. Kirsch-Goodwin earned her B.A. degree from Syracuse University and her J.D. degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Law. Presently, she is a member of the Disability Resource & Services Advisory Committee for Scottsdale Community College. Ms. Kirsch- Goodwin recently prevailed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding a location issue case. (Phoenix and Flagstaff and Tucson locations)
HEATHER R. PIERSON is an attorney with Udall Shumway. She is a member of the school law section, representing school districts and charter schools throughout the state. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Pierson taught behavior disordered students. During her teaching career, she was involved in the development and implementation of individualized education plans (IEP) and behavior plans; and attended several trainings on special education, and regular education interventions and strategies. While in law school, Ms. Pierson provided in-home ABA services for autistic children under the age of three; and participated in the Whittier Law School Special Education Clinic, which provided special education advocacy services for children with developmental disabilities. Additionally, Ms. Pierson earned her master's degree in special education in 2004. Ms. Pierson primarily focuses her school law practice on special education and disability related matters. She routinely defends school districts and other public educational institutions in matters related to special education due process hearings, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) complaints, Section 504 due process hearings, mediation, and special education state complaints. Ms. Pierson provides daily advice and assistance in matters related to special education, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act, student discipline, personnel issues, and student records. She has also given in-service workshops to district personnel on a wide range of special education and disability related topics, and speaks at state-wide conferences. (Phoenix location)
JESSICA S. SANCHEZ is a partner with Udall Shumway, where she focuses her practice primarily in the area of education law, representing school districts and charter schools throughout the state. She has experience providing legal advice and representation on a broad range of matters including, but not limited to, enrollment, discipline, student rights, employment issues, procurement, and governing board liability issues. Ms. Sanchez has conducted many in-service training programs on a variety of topics, such as special education, staff ethics, public records, student records, bullying, hazing, student discipline, and child abuse reporting guidelines. In addition to her time at Udall Shumway, she has also served as the general counsel for Tempe school districts. Ms. Sanchez is a member of the National School Boards Association, Arizona School Board Association, Arizona Council of School Attorneys, and the Maricopa County Bar Association. She serves as a member of the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors and has previously served in a number of leadership roles in both the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association (2016 president, officer, and director) and in the Hispanic National Bar Association (currently serves as a deputy president for Region XIV and was awarded the HNBA Top Lawyer Under 40 Award in 2017). Ms. Sanchez earned her B.A. degree from Northern Arizona University and her J.D. degree from Arizona State University. (Phoenix location)