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See Berney in Action Before the Third Circuit

November 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Last month, David J. Berney argued an important special education case before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  Berney argued that a special education parent is entitled to attorney’s fees when a school district includes neither fees nor pendency in a 10-day offer.  (A 10-day offer is a type of settlement offer made in special education cases.)  The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) participated in the case as an amicus, supporting Berney’s position.

Here’s a short clip of the argument (the full argument can be accessed here):

Berney Argues on Behalf of a Parent Before the Third Circuit

October 24th, 2017|0 Comments

On October 23, 2017, David J. Berney argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a parent of a student with special needs.  Berney sought to reverse the lower court, which denied the parent reimbursement for her attorney’s fees and costs after she won private school tuition, one-on-one instruction, and pendency at a due process hearing.

The Notebook Highlights Recent Berney & Sang Appellate Win

October 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Philadelphia’s education newspaper, The Notebook, has published an article examining a recent appeals court decision ruling in favor of a group of special education students represented by Berney & Sang.  The decision, H.E. v. Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School, can be accessed here.  And The Notebook article is available here.

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Berney & Sang Prevails before the Third Circuit in an Important Special Ed Case

October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Last week, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a precedential opinion awarding relief to a group of special education students represented by Berney & Sang.  The opinion secures important procedural rights for students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  The court’s opinion, H.E. v. Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School, can be accessed here.

Vanita Kalra Secures Tuition Reimbursement Award

October 10th, 2017|0 Comments

This summer, of counsel attorney Vanita Kalra won a significant victory for a child with special needs.  Vanita represented the child’s parent in a due process hearing against the child’s school district and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  With Vanita’s help, the parent prevailed at the hearing, securing an award of tuition reimbursement.  The award allows the child to continue attending a private school.

The hearing officer decision for the case can be found here.

Jennifer Sang Named Partner

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

In summer 2017, attorney Jennifer Sang was named at partner at Berney law.  Jennifer has litigated hundreds of special education cases, consistently achieving excellent results for parents and students.  The firm is grateful to have her as a partner.

Black-Smith Presents at Lehigh’s Special Education Law Conference

May 12th, 2017|0 Comments

On May 12, 2017, Morgen Black-Smith presented at Lehigh University’s 45th Annual Special Education Law Conference.  Her presentation focused on the legal protections for special education students when they transition from early intervention to kindergarten.

Berney Presents at the 2016 Exceptional Children’s Conference

November 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

On October 7, 2016, David J. Berney served as an instructor at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 2016 Exceptional Children’s Conference.  Partnering with the Honorable Juan Sanchez of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a school-side attorney, David presented about federal special education practice.

The Exceptional Children’s Conference is the premier statewide conference on special education law in Pennsylvania.

Black-Smith and Berney Publish Article on Transgender Students

July 27th, 2016|0 Comments

On June 27, 2016, Morgen Black-Smith and David J. Berney published in The Legal Intelligencer, the oldest law journal in the United States, an article on transgender students’ equal access rights.  The article is titled, “Transgender Students: A Unique Frontier for Civil Rights.”

Berney & Sang at 18th Annual COPAA Conference

March 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Join us for a coffee break on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM at the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates’s 18th Annual Conference. COPAA is an independent organization of attorneys, advocates, and parents established to protect the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families. This year, the annual conference is held in Philadelphia. For more information, please visit COPAA’s website.

On the same day at 1:30 PM, associate Jennifer Sang will be co-presenting “Beyond ABCs – Obtaining & Using Effective Positive Behavior”. She will be reviewing the law surrounding students who need behavior supports and services.

Berney Co-Authors Article on Zero-Tolerance Policies in Schools

December 15th, 2015|0 Comments

On December 31, 2015, David J. Berney and Calisha Myers published in The Legal Intelligencer, the oldest law journal in the United States, an article on zero-tolerance policies and their effects on special education students.

Sang Presents at National Business Institute’s Special Education Seminar

December 14th, 2015|0 Comments

On December 14, 2015, associate Jennifer Y. Sang presented at the National Business Institute’s Special Education Laws Made Simple seminar. Jennifer presented on the laws surrounding evaluations, eligibility, and school actions that can result in lawsuits.

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Sang Co-Authors Article on G.L. v. Ligonier Valley School District

December 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

On December 3, 2015, Jennifer Y. Sang and Sonia D. Kerr published in The Notebook an article on the implications of the Third Circuit’s recent decision in G.L. v. Ligonier Valley School District.  G.L. affects the statute of limitations in special education cases. 

The Notebook is an independent nonprofit news outlet that supports parents, students, teachers, and the Philadelphia public school community. 

You can read Jennifer and Sonia’s article here.

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Berney Presents at 2015 Exceptional Children’s Conference

October 26th, 2015|0 Comments

On October 26, 2015, David J. Berney presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 2015 Exceptional Children’s Conference.  He instructed a session entitled, “Advanced Litigation in Federal Court.”

Sang Named a 2015 Lawyer on the Fast Track

October 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Associate Jennifer Y. Sang recently received the prestigious honor of being named a 2015 Lawyer on the Fast Track by the Legal Intelligencer. This designation is awarded to Pennsylvania lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional talent in their practice. Only 40 lawyers receive this honor each year.

Berney Presents at 2014 COPAA Conference

March 8th, 2014|0 Comments

On March 8, 2014, David J. Berney served as an instructor at the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) annual conference.  He led a session entitled, “Transition Services and Best Practices under the IDEA.”

COPAA is a national nonprofit organization composed of parents, advocates, and parents’ attorneys.


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