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October 30, 2020

Changing the Life of a Child with Your Law Degree

Mari Hommel has been a special education teacher, a school board attorney, and an advocate for special education students for 25 years, but she still believes that you can do as good a Legal Aid Justice Center lawyersjob as she can when it comes to helping children who have special education placement issues.

Hommel said when special education students and their parents or guardians need help working with schools to assess the best educational plan for the student, any lawyer – whether a tax, a trusts and estates, or real property lawyer – makes the process better simply by being at the table.

The Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), based in Charlottesville and with offices around the Commonwealth, runs Virginia’s largest children’s law program, the YouthJustice Program, and assists low-income parents and guardians when their children with special education issues need help with placements to better help them learn.

Read more in the October issue of Virginia Lawyer.






Photos: top: Mari Hommel, left: Rachael Deane, right: Molly McShane

Updated: Oct 30, 2020