My Background

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Norma’s love for the field of special education law comes from her personal experience of being a parent of a child with Dyslexia and sibling to a developmentally disabled adult.  She spends her spare time as an active member of Decoding Dyslexia New Jersey (DD-NJ). She conducts parent workshops, shares experiences and resources with parents, has visited Washington D.C. for Dyslexia Day on the Hill, and testified before the New Jersey Assembly’s Education Committee in 2013 in support of New Jersey’s Dyslexia Bills which were signed into law later that year.

 

Norma has been a practicing attorney for over 25 years.  She is a seasoned Special Education Attorney who works diligently to ensure that students’ educational rights are protected.  She has extensive experience settling favorable cases through mediation and settlement conferences.   Notably, in 2019, Norma was chosen as one of New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families in Education Law. 

 

She focuses her practice on special education and guardianship in New Jersey and New York.  She frequently presents at conferences such as the Learning Disabilities Association of NJ (LDANJ) and Everyone Reading in NYC and to parent groups and schools throughout New Jersey. Her experience includes working at the Education and Health Law Clinic at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark and teaching special education law courses at The City University of New York School of Law. 

 

Norma co-founded and led,  Children Having Individual Learning Differences, Inc, (C.H.I.L.D.) a NJ non-profit organization designed to support parents with children who have special needs within the Verona Public Schools for over 13 years.  She cultivated relationships with all levels of educators and administrators on issues concerning student learning abilities, educated parents about their child’s K-12 and post-secondary educational rights and assisted parents with developing strong and effective individual education plans (IEP) in collaboration with school teachers and administrators. In 2006, C.H.I.L.D. became the school district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) and remains an active organization today.

 

Norma has also worked for two notable New Jersey law firms dedicated to the representation of families with children and adults with disabilities, where she handled both special education and guardianship matters.

 

She has worked in the area of public interest, corporate and real estate law, however, the transition to special education law has been the most rewarding experience of her over 20 year legal career. 

Education

St. John's University, B.A.

Queens College, M.A.

The City University of New York School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admission

New Jersey

New York

Court Admission

District of New Jersey

Associations

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York City Bar Association

Counsel of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

New Jersey Special Education Practitioners (NJSEP)

CUNY’s Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN)

International Dyslexia Association

The Reading League

 

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My Approach

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Norma is a graduate of CUNY Law School and has carried the school's motto, "Law in the service of human needs" throughout her professional law career, in her community and in her private life.  She is committed to helping students with all learning challenges particularly students with dyslexia.  She also sees that her responsibility as an attorney is to empower the families she works with  to enable them to advocate for themselves going forward once she has resolved their matter. 

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