Trauma in Children — School-Based Considerations

May 2019 The MLO Minute, By Kimberly Caputo, Esq. of McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. Students of all ages and across all grades are bombarded with anxiety-producing input from a great many sources. This can include, but not limited to, the following: Academic demands social activities extracurricular activities faith-based activities and family obligations Added to this…

McAndrews Law Offices Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary in NEPA with a New Scranton Office and Major Milestones!

May 2019 The MLO Minute It is with great excitement that McAndrews Law Offices celebrates our 10-year anniversary of our Northeastern Pennsylvania office by opening a new expanded office located at 2 West Olive Street, Scranton, Pa 18508. This new location will provide an even more accessible option for our NEPA and surrounding area clients.…

Injuries in Schools: A Supreme Court Decision Clarifies the Right to Recover

May 20th, 2019 The MLO Minute, By Dennis McAndrews, Esq. The Pennsylvania doctrine of “sovereign immunity“ protects school districts from recovery in many, but not all, cases in which children are injured at school or during school activities. There are exceptions to sovereign immunity which permit students and others injured on school property or at…

The Rights of Children with Disabilities in Department of Defense Schools

May 2019 The MLO Minute, By Caitlin McAndrews, Esq. and Nancy Potter, Esq. Military service is an enormous sacrifice, and can create many stressors upon a family unit. If the service member is the parent of a child with disabilities, an additional set of concerns must be addressed, and it is absolutely critical that the…

Guardianships in Pennsylvania – New Rules Effective June 1, 2019

Spring 2019 The MLO Minute, By Jennifer Simons, Esq., Attorney in McAndrews Law Offices’ Estates and Trusts Department If you have been appointed as a guardian for an incapacitated person in Pennsylvania you need to be aware of changes coming to the rules governing guardianships in Pennsylvania, going into effect on June 1, 2019. In…

Free Special Education Consultations – Opening the Door to a Better Tomorrow

May 2019 The MLO Minute, by Michael Connolly, Esq., Supervising Partner of McAndrews Law Offices’ Special Education Department, and Caitlin McAndrews, Esq.  The purpose of special education is to provide every child with a disability to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), which is an education designed to move the student toward independence and self-sufficiency…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! …and Many More MLO Speaking Engagements!

Spring 2019 The MLO Minute: This month marks the 70th year of recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Each day, millions of Americans are affected by mental health issues, and studies reflect that approximately 1 in 5 adults suffer from mental illness. Additionally, 1 in 5 children will experience a mental disorder in their lifetimes. Several mental health…

IEP Time is Fast Approaching! Here are our Top Ten Tips

Spring 2019 The MLO Minute: Our special education attorneys provide over 100 seminars every year for families, students, consumers, professional organizations, and advocacy groups. We genuinely enjoy providing these programs, and do so at no charge – please never hesitate to invite us to present to any organization interested in education rights. A great many…

Federal Court Awards MLO Another Victory in Evaluation Case

April 2019 The MLO Minute: One of the most important rights under federal special education law is to obtain, at public expense, an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) where the school district or charter school fails to adequately evaluate a child in all areas of disability. When a parent requests an IEE at public expense from…