Paul N. Barger has practiced in the area of education law since 2003. He spent eight years representing public school districts in New Jersey. In 2011, Mr. Barger made the decision to “switch sides” and represent families in a variety of matters involving public schools. Mr. Barger now not only represents families in New Jersey, but in New York, Michigan, and throughout the country. While many of his cases involve securing appropriate services for students with special needs, Mr. Barger also handles bullying cases, residency disputes, disciplinary hearings, and virtually all matters impacting public and private schools. In addition, Mr. Barger represents students in matters involving colleges, universities and graduate programs.Mr. Barger has expanded his practice to the representation of private schools and provides counsel to private schools on a wide range of matters. Attorney Barger graduated from the University of Michigan in 1996 and George Washington University Law School in 1999. Attorney Barger is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, and the District of Columbia.
Terry Bedard (Law Offices of Terry Bedard)
Terry Bedard is an attorney and advocate on the front lines of protecting children’s rights. As a parent of a profoundly deaf son, Terry has a passion for helping children with disabilities to achieve their highest potential educationally. Specifically, Terry provides legal counsel and representation to families with special needs children to help secure placements and services needed. Since 2007, she continues to be the co-founder and president of the Hear Here Hartford Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America with a mission to empower teens and young adults with hearing loss. As a member of the Special Education Equity for Kids in CT (SEEK) Legislative Committee, she works with a team of attorneys and advocates to positively influence education-related legislative and policy initiatives by working with the Connecticut General Assembly and community stakeholders. Terry’s legal practice is located in Glastonbury, CT serving families throughout the state.
Andrew A. Feinstein (Feinstein Education Law Group)
Andrew A. Feinstein has represented children with disabilities and their families pursuing appropriate educational programs for twenty-five years, first in Hartford with David C. Shaw, and since 2008, as a solo practitioner in Mystic, Connecticut. He is co-chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), the preeminent national special education advocacy organization and an adjunct professor of special education law at Central Connecticut State University. He is a founder of, treasurer of, and legislative chair of Special Education Equity for Kids in Connecticut (SEEK). He serves on the State Social Emotional Learning Collaborative. Attorney Feinstein graduated from Wesleyan University in 1972 and the New York University School of Law in 1975. He completed the Senior Manager in Government Program at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, in 1983. He has served as a professional staff member of the House Committee on Armed Services and Chief Counsel of the House Civil Service Subcommittee
DISCLAIMER: This article was written by a parent for parents. This article is intended as a resource for families who are navigating the special education system in Connecticut or Westchester, New York with particular emphasis on the process of outplacement. This article was written by a parent, not an attorney, and the views and opinions expressed in this article or in the accompanying webinar from January 13th, 2021 that serves as its source material are not intended to provide legal support, advice, or assistance, nor is this article or the webinar intended to replace the advice of a qualified special education attorney. Families in need of legal advice, support, and assistance should contact a special education attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Connecticut or New York to discuss the specific needs of their individual student. The inclusion of these attorneys on this panel and in this article should not be construed as an endorsement or support of Attorneys Feinstein, Bedard, or Barger by Special Education Legal Fund, its representatives, Board Members, or affiliates. Biographies for Attorneys Andrew Feinstein, Terry Bedard, and Paul Barger are included at the end of this article for informational purposes only. Special Education Legal Fund does not endorse or make recommendations for special education attorneys to applicants or clients of the Legal Assistance Program or any other S.E.L.F. programs.