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ALLISON L. HERTOG, JD, MA

Miami, FL | (305) 663-9233| Allison@MakingSchoolWork.com | FB @MakingSchlWrk

 

STUDENTS’ RIGHTS ATTORNEY

Dedicated attorney with over 20 years of focused legal experience in special education. Currently co-counseling with the National Woman’s Law Center and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan representing in federal court a Miami high school student who was raped by three peers and a victim of deliberate indifference under Title IX. Uniquely skilled as a law firm founder and a graduate degreed teacher in special education. National practice representing high-achieving students in need of testing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Effective collaborator with a track record of resolving issues between educational leadership, parents, students, and key stakeholders.

 

Licensed in FL & NY. Sitting for the CA bar in Februaray 2020.

 

Key Accomplishments

§  Founder of thriving Florida law firm representing special education students in the fourth largest school district in the nation.

§  Survived motion to dismiss as co-counsel with the National Women’s Law Center and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, (Jane Doe v. The School Board of Miami-Dade, Case No. 19-cv-20204). Survived motion to dismiss as co-counsel in an IDEA/§1983 case C.A.F. et al. v. The School Board of Miami Dade, 1:16-cv-23160.

§  5 Star Avvo.com rating based on 28 reviews of parents of special needs students

 

Professional Experience

 

Making School Work, P.L. | Miami, FL 2005 – Present

Private law firm providing legal services for families of special needs students

Founder

§  Grew law firm from home business to become the leading special education law firm in Miami-Dade county, the fourth largest school district in the country.

§  Sought out by hundreds of parents for legal assistance; respected as an advocate possessing strong analytical and community action skills, while also promoting school administrator accountability

§  National practice advocate for high-achieving, special needs high school and college students to obtain accommodation on high-stakes entrance exams

§  Prevailed in multiple cases in federal court and in the Florida Department of Administrative Hearings.

Bridge2Excellence, Inc. | Miami, FL 2012 – Present

Not-for-profit law firm providing legal services for low income families of special needs and victimized students

Founder

§  501(c)(3) law firm for impoverished parents of special needs students in the inner city; raised funds for the firm’s operation.

The Children’s Law Center | Brooklyn, NY 1999 – 2000

Not for profit law firm funded by the New York State Office of Court Administration

Associate, Guardian ad Litem

Szold & Brandwen | New York, NY 1997 – 1999

Law firm established in 1920 by labor and housing activists

Associate, Trained in general practice of law

Special Education Teaching Experience

Teacher, The Hewitt School | New York, NY | Special needs and typical needs students 2000 – 2001

Teacher, The Reece School | New York, NY | Special needs students 1990 – 1991

Education & Licenses

Juris Doctor | Loyola Law School of Los Angeles | Los Angeles, CA

§  Graduated with Recognition. Wrote on to the International and Comparative Law Journal

§  Completed Externships with the ACLU of Southern California, Mental Health Advocacy Services

§  Hon. Judge Eli Chernow, Superior Court, Family Law

Master of Arts in Special Education | Columbia University Teachers College | New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Government Minor| Smith College | Northampton, MA

Boards & Association Memberships

Board Member, Step Up for Students, Inc.

Member, Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates, Inc. (COPAA)

Member, Disability Rights Bar Association (DRBA)