Providing Special Education Legal Services
for Massachusetts Families
Ms. Lapinski's practice is informed both by her experience as a corporate litigator and by her personal journey with a child through the complexities of the special education process. She knows the joys and pain of witnessing the successes and struggles of a child who is doing their best every day but can't seem to reach their goals. She also understands that busy parents can find the special education process and regulations bewildering.
Ms. Lapinski received her J.D. with honors from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor's degree with high honors from Regis College. She completed the Parent Consultant Training Institute at the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) in 2015, including the 50-hour internship component, and attended the Summer 2018 Institute for Special Education Advocacy at William & Mary Law School.
Ms. Lapinski has advocated successfully for students and parents within the Team process to identify appropriate services and placements; to attain individualized post-high school transition assessment and programming, and to promote a student's right to inclusion in the general education setting.
Ms. Lapinski is currently the Vice President of Programming for the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPaN), an organization of advocates and special education attorneys that provides professional development, education and training for members and parents to promote more effective advocacy for the students and families with whom they work.
She also serves as a trainer for the Federation for Children with Special Needs, and has presented workshops on Basic Rights in Special Education for numerous school district Special Education Parent Advisory Councils.
Ms. Lapinski is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Washington D.C.
Special Education Advocacy
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Lisa is ready to listen to your concerns about your child's challenges and to celebrate strengths. She wants to partner with you and your school district in working towards the student's goals, looking toward a life that includes continued learning after high school, meaningful employment and rich personal relationships.
The purpose of IDEA's guarantee of a "free, appropriate, public education" for children with disabilities is to "prepare [students] for further education, employment, and independent living." 20 U.S.C. sec. 1400.
And isn't that what we want for all of our children?
If you have questions about your child's school experience, contact Lisa.
Complimentary 30-minute phone consultation
Review of Evaluations and Eligibility Meeting Preparation
IEP Review and Team Meeting Preparation
Accompanying Families to Eligibility, IEP and Placement Meetings
File review and Summary of Recommendations
Section 504 Meeting Preparation and Plan Review
Preparation for and Assistance at Mediation
Preparation for Due Process Hearing
- The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for K-12
- Link to Technical Advisories issued by the Massachusetts Dep't of Elementary and Secondary Education to School Districts providing guidance on implementation of Special Education regulations
- Federation for Children with Special Needs -
- check here for a schedule of upcoming free workshops on Basic Rights in Special Education (overview of the process and applicable laws); IEP Development; Transition Services, and more
COVID-19 and School Closure - Resources
Webinar: Update on COVID-19: School Closure and Special Education (March 27, 2020)
Attorney Lapinski participated in presenting this webinar co-sponsored by the Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPaN)
For the latest guidance on how special education services will be provided during the extended school closure period.
Attorney Lapinski also moderated the following webinars:
Update on COVID-19 and Remote Learning: Supporting Students and Families, (April 3, 2020)
NEW: Update on COVID-19: Tools for Families and Advocates Working Toward FAPE (April 15, 2020)
Lapinski Education Law, LLC
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Other information about Lapinski Education Law, LLC:
Lapinski Education Law, LLC charges reasonable hourly rates on a sliding scale based upon each family's ability to pay.
Email or call to inquire further.