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Case of Dina M.*

Maureen Howard ('14) and Matthew Fine ('14) represented four-year-old Dina M.,* a preschool student with autism.  Dina's parents approached YELP after moving to the Bay Area and becoming involved in a dispute with her new school district. 

Dina had been receiving significant special education services from her prior school district, but her new district had refused to provide comparable services, in violation of special education and student transfer laws. 

After the sides were unable to resolve the dispute at an Individualized Education Program ("IEP") meeting, Maureen and Matthew filed a due process complaint with the California Office of Administrative Hearings.  At an ensuing pre-mediation resolution session, Maureen and Matthew successfully negotiated a settlement agreement, procuring a level of services comparable to what Dina had been receiving and securing compensatory services in the form of extended education during the summer.

*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.