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MICHAEL J. CONNOLLY is a shareholder at McAndrews Law Offices, P.C., and was named supervising partner of special education in 2018. With 20 years of experience, Mr. Connolly represents parents of children with special needs in a variety of education matters at administrative hearings and state and federal court. He lectures across the state and nationally to parents, educators, and attorneys on special education and other education law-related topics. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Connolly has been an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee, where he served as vice chair from 2002 through 2003 and as chair from 2003 through 2006. Mr. Connolly continues to be an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee. He received his B.A. degree from Thomas Moore College, followed by earning his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the District of Columbia School of Law.
HEATHER M. HULSE is a shareholder with McAndrews Law Offices, P.C., in their Scranton area office, where she contributes her diverse educational and professional background. She has been a member of the firm since May of 1999. Ms. Hulse’s practice consists of special education law. With 17 years of experience, she has broad knowledge in the area of special education. In addition, Ms. Hulse’s extensive background in the area of psychology provides her with considerable understanding of students with learning differences. She holds a degree in psychology from West Virginia University; a Master of Arts in general psychology from Marywood University; and she specialized in a dual degree program, earning a Master of Science in clinical psychology from Drexel University and a J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law. While pursuing her J.D. degree, Ms. Hulse was a student attorney at the Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia, where she developed a research proposal on measurable outcomes and strategies for child advocacy for children with special education needs. As part of her master's program at Drexel University, Ms. Hulse presented on “Factors Determining the Efficacy of Alternative Education Programs” at the American Psychological Law Society Conference.
HEIDI B. KONKLER-GOLDSMITH joined McAndrews Law Offices, P.C., in 1999 and she became a shareholder of the firm and managing shareholder of the Reading Office in 2006. Ms. Konkler-Goldsmith is a frequent lecturer to the Pennsylvania Bar Association and parent groups in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Prior to joining McAndrews Law Offices, P.C., she amassed extensive experience in both litigation and legal writing. Ms. Konkler-Goldsmith offers substantial expertise in the area of special education law and handles a wide variety of special education matters, civil litigation cases and criminal justice issues. She has gained the respect of professionals throughout the administrative processes and the courts in the course of her comprehensive and capable handling of cases in her frequent appearances before the courts and administrative law judges. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law.
FREDERICK M. STANCZAK is an attorney with offices located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Stanczak represents children and their families in cases arising under the IDEA, Â§504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other laws pertaining to the provision of public education. He also provides legal representation in guardianship and estate planning for persons with disabilities and their families. Prior to starting a private practice, Mr. Stanczak was employed by the Education Law Center in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for litigation, legislative advocacy, and working with community groups on issues affecting the education of children in Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to the Philadelphia area, he was the litigation director at Legal Services of Central New York in Syracuse, New York, and also served as litigation director of Susquehanna Legal Services in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Mr. Stanczak held the position of assistant professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law, where he taught law clinic courses. He earned his B.A. degree from St. Norbert College and his J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law, Chicago.