Case of R.T.
YELP students Rachel Velcoff ('08) and Craig Zieminski ('08) represented the family of a 13-year old middle school student who had been expelled for bringing a pellet gun to school. The students conducted extensive legal research and fact investigation of the incident, and counseled the family of their procedural rights regarding his expulsion. More importantly, YELP carefully reviewed student's academic history, which revealed a troubling pattern of behavior problems that had been left unaddressed by the school district. The law students consulted with school officials and mental health professionals. The clinic researched options and advised the family of legal strategies which might offer additional services and support for the student. YELP worked closely with the family to mediate ongoing behavioral challenges that the student encountered at his alternative school program. The law students carefully negotiated an agreement with district administrators which would permit this student to return to a regular school program following the successful completion of his expulsion. YELP's effective advocacy on behalf of this student resulted in his return to a regular academic program.