The Notebook, Philadelphia's leading newspaper on public education, published an article today covering Berney & Sang's appeal in Nicole B. v. School District of Philadelphia. The appeal argues that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act protect students from discriminatory bullying and harassment. It is a landmark appeal, with the potential to secure important protections for children [...]
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Partner Jennifer Sang has been selected to serve as a panelist at the First Annual Greater Philadelphia Linguistic and Multicultural Disability Summit. According to Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, one of the Summit's organizers, the Summit aims to "bring together culturally and linguistically diverse disability communities for a day of dialogue, cultural appreciation, and action planning [...]
Associate Kevin Golembiewski is representing a child with autism in a special education appeal before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is co-counseling the appeal with Southern Legal Counsel, a public interest law firm based in Florida, and Alice Nelson, Esquire. The appeal presents multiple issues of first impression, including the proper standard for [...]
If this is your first child, chances are that nothing you do will be enough to fully prepare yourself. The good news is that’s okay. No one can ever be fully prepared. That being said, there is so much good advice out there to help you transition to being a parent as smoothly as possible. [...]
Press Release: Berney & Sang Appeal Ruling Denying PA Children Protection from Discriminatory Bullying and Harassment
Release: Appeal challenges Philadelphia court’s ruling that Pennsylvania school districts have no obligation to protect children from discriminatory bullying and harassment. January 29, 2018 Contact: Kevin Golembiewski; Berney & Sang; 215.690.1722; firstname.lastname@example.org; @k_golembiewski (Twitter). Philadelphia, PA: An appeal filed last week against the School District of Philadelphia seeks to overturn a Court of Common Pleas [...]
Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to guarantee educational opportunities to primary and secondary students. But Congress has passed no laws specifically designed to protect college students with disabilities. Those students are protected by only a patchwork of general antidiscrimination laws. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with [...]
Partner David J. Berney has once again been named a Super Lawyer. This is his tenth straight year being selected. Only lawyers "who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement" are selected as Super Lawyers. Congratulations David!
This article originally appeared in The Legal Intelligencer. You can access the original version here. One of the greatest threats to equality is complacency. Those who do nothing while witnessing injustice and wrongdoing, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, do worse than those who commit acts of injustice. Social scientists, too, recognize that complacency [...]
Yesterday, associate Kevin Golembiewski published an article in the Legal Intelligencer discussing how complacency contributes to injustice. The article focuses on complacency within schools, using a recent Education Law Center complaint against the School District of Philadelphia to illustrate the consequences of complacency in the face of wrongdoing. You can access the article, "Education Law [...]
Associate Morgen Black-Smith recently secured victories for two families in special education due process hearings. In both cases, Black-Smith represented parents of children with disabilities who used to attend Khepera Charter School. Alleging that Khepera denied their children a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), the parents requested compensatory education services. The Hearing Officer agreed with [...]