Case of Juliet J.*
Michael Reynolds ('13) and Nicholas Moreno ('14) represented 14-year-old Juliet J.*, an eighth grader who had been out of school for six months with severe anxiety and depression, while contending with a school district that had been unresponsive to the extreme bullying she had faced at school.
Juliet's guardian asked YELP for assistance amidst a crisis: she feared for Juliet's personal safety following her impending discharge from a psychiatric hospitalization, Juliet's fourteenth on account of suicidal declarations.
Michael and Nicholas performed a rapid investigation before meeting with the school district's superintendent. They were able to negotiate a temporary residential placement for Juliet upon her release from the hospital so that negotiations about a more permanent solution could be identified. Ultimately, Michael and Nicholas assisted Juliet's family in securing a full-time educational residential placement at a top facility, providing Juliet with a safe environment to de-escalate and learn, and renewing hope for her family.
*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.