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M. PRUDENCE HUTTON is a special education attorney servicing the Fresno/Central Valley of California and the San Francisco Bay Area and co-counsels with the Law Offices of Maureen Graves in Orange County. Her practice for the last 14 years includes special education representation of students with a focus on dispute resolution, mediation, fact finding, investigation, settlement counsel, and consultation. She lectures frequently at universities, parent organizations and non-profits, including a presentation to the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates on “Reading Under IDEA: Defining Needs and Enforcing Rights.” Ms. Hutton's experiences as a legal aid education law staff attorney developed a focus on training for parents and educators to build and improve early, effective and durable dispute resolution practices to foster positive educational outcomes and reduce expensive adversarial proceeding for students with disabilities and health issues. She has presented twice for the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) on “Restorative Justice: Evolving Practices for Special Education Students” and "How Apology Can Promote Exemplary Practices for Reducing Special Education Disputes” for its 6th and 5th Symposia. Recent National Business Institute presentations have focused on 504 Plans and bullying in school of special education students. Ms. Hutton earned her B.A. degree from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, a legal assistant certificate from Georgetown University, and her J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law. She has received ADR training at Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Fresno Pacific University’s Center for Peace Making & Conflict Studies programs on “Restorative Discipline” and victim offender reconciliation.
CHRISTIAN M. KNOX is with Ruderman & Knox, LLP, and brings more than 20 years of experience in working with special needs children and practicing law. Previously, Ms. Knox served as a special education hearing officer and traveled throughout the state of California conducting administrative hearings and issuing decisions. Ms. Knox has extensive experience with abused and neglected children and previously served as a staff attorney with Sacramento Child Advocates, representing children in all areas of law, including education and emancipation. During her tenure with the Fourth Judicial District Court in Elko, Nevada, Ms. Knox served as Teen Court Judge, presiding over the first-time offender program. In 2001, Ms. Knox received the Women’s Role Model of the Year Award from the attorney general for the state of Nevada for her work with children in the foster care system. In 1993, Ms. Knox earned her J.D. degree from Western State University College of Law, where she served as a tutor for disabled students. She completed extensive undergraduate work in music therapy at Long Beach State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in law.
AIMELLIA K. SIEMSON is a principal attorney at Ahmschen Law and visiting professor, practicing in the areas of business law, immigration law, and family law. Ms. Siemson currently manages various cases in business formation and compliance, investments, immigration benefits, and various areas of family law ranging from divorce to child custody and support. During law school in Washington D.C., she worked in the Legislative Clinic and the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic, which provided her with more than 1,200 hours of pro bono legal experience. Ms. Siemson is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California, Sacramento County Bar Association, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from California State University, Fresno and her J.D. degree from the University of the District of Columbia.