Robin Lipp in Legal Intelligencer: Why Philadelphia Public Schools Need More State Funding

This week, associate attorney Robin Lipp published an article in the Legal Intelligencer surveying distressing signs in Philadelphia’s public schools. The article concludes that Philadelphia needs more state funds to address its basic problems, and that an ongoing lawsuit under the Pennsylvania Constitution will clarify the state’s legal obligation to provide adequate and equitable funding. [...]

Robin Lipp in Legal Intelligencer: Why Philadelphia Public Schools Need More State Funding 2019-12-21T17:43:03+00:00

Berney Delivers Win for Client: Family Prevails at Due Process, Obtaining Tuition and Compensatory Education

This month, a family represented by partner David J. Berney prevailed in a special education due process hearing before the Pennsylvania Office of Dispute Resolution.  The family sued their child’s school district, alleging that it violated the child's right to a free and appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  With Dave’s [...]

Berney Delivers Win for Client: Family Prevails at Due Process, Obtaining Tuition and Compensatory Education 2019-12-21T16:30:34+00:00

Attorney Robin Lipp, Former Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon, Joins Berney & Sang

Berney & Sang is excited to announce that Robin Lipp, Esq., is joining the firm as an associate attorney.  He brings to the firm his recent experience clerking for the Honorable Cathy Bissoon of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Robin earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and [...]

Attorney Robin Lipp, Former Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon, Joins Berney & Sang 2019-12-10T17:09:08+00:00

Golembiewski in Legal Intelligencer: Compensatory Education Can Help ELLs

Last week, senior associate Kevin Golembiewski published Compensatory Education Can Help Realize Promise to English Language Learners in the Legal Intelligencer.  In the article, Kevin explained that the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA), a federal law that guarantees English Language Learners (ELLs) equal educational opportunity, allows courts to award ELLs compensatory education when school districts deny [...]

Golembiewski in Legal Intelligencer: Compensatory Education Can Help ELLs 2019-12-21T16:31:27+00:00

Commonwealth Court to Hear Wible v. School District of Philadelphia En Banc

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court announced today that it will hear en banc Wible v. School District of Philadelphia, Berney & Sang's landmark student-on-student bullying and harassment case.  The Court scheduled oral argument for November 13, 2019 at 930AM in the Commonwealth Court's Philadelphia courtroom. In the case, Berney Sang represents Amanda Wible, a Philadelphia student [...]

Commonwealth Court to Hear Wible v. School District of Philadelphia En Banc 2019-09-30T22:38:59+00:00

Berney & Sang Counsels Amicus Brief for Leading Learning-Disabilities Nonprofits

This month, Berney & Sang filed an amicus brief in C.S. v. Butte School District, a special education case pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Berney & Sang filed the brief on behalf of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the Advocacy Institute, the Council for Learning Disabilities, and the [...]

Berney & Sang Counsels Amicus Brief for Leading Learning-Disabilities Nonprofits 2019-09-21T16:13:08+00:00

Hulit in Legal Intelligencer: Dependency Court is No Place for Truant Kids

Associate Heather J. Hulit knows dependency court.  Before joining Berney & Sang, she served as a Child Advocate Attorney for seven years, representing children in Philadelphia dependency court.  Like other Pennsylvania counties, Philadelphia sends kids who struggle with school attendance to dependency court.  Heather's experiences showed her that this practice is misguided. She explains why [...]

Hulit in Legal Intelligencer: Dependency Court is No Place for Truant Kids 2019-06-19T19:19:48+00:00

Sang Presents at School Law Conference

This month, partner Jennifer Sang presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's School Law Conference.  The Institute selected Ms. Sang and other well-known education attorneys to present on topics ranging from bullying and harassment to charter-school accountability.  Ms. Sang presented on special-education claims that arise when charter schools shut down and how courts have approached the [...]

Sang Presents at School Law Conference 2019-12-21T16:29:36+00:00

Berney & Sang Defends Landmark School Harassment Verdict, Appeal Garners National Attention

For more than half a decade, the School District of Philadelphia denied Amanda Wible equal educational opportunity.  Her peers had a chance to learn in a school setting free from severe or pervasive sexual harassment, but she was denied that chance.  Classmates sexually harassed her each day, assaulting her, spitting on her, destroying her schoolwork, [...]

Berney & Sang Defends Landmark School Harassment Verdict, Appeal Garners National Attention 2019-05-24T02:37:29+00:00

Berney & Sang Client Prevails in Federal Court, Obtains Private-School Tuition

This month, the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled for a Berney & Sang client in a special-education case against the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  The District Court ordered the Department to provide private-school tuition for the client's two children.  The children, both of whom qualify for special-education services, previously attended a [...]

Berney & Sang Client Prevails in Federal Court, Obtains Private-School Tuition 2019-04-23T14:14:27+00:00