Denise Lanchantin Dwyer

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Lisa McCauley Parles
Professional info

 

Denise Lanchantin Dwyer, Esq., Of Counsel to the firm, specializes in gifted and special education, with a particular interest in students who are twice exceptional, those who are both gifted and have a learning disability, ADHD, or other issue that impacts their education  .Ms. Dwyer represents individuals with special needs and their families in the areas of early intervention, special education, bullying and discipline, including discipline at the university level, guardianships, residential placements, transition and adult services.  Ms. Dwyer is an experienced trial attorney having started her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, Brooklyn, NY leaving as a supervisor, then moving to civil trial work.  She is the mother of two twice-exceptional sons, which led to her interest in advocating for the needs of students with special needs.

 

An active member of the New Jersey Special Education Practitioners (NJSEP), an association of attorneys and other advocates who practice in the area of special education, Ms. Dwyer led the group’s successful advocacy efforts to have the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to issue written guidance that students in inclusive placements are entitled to goals and objectives in their IEPs.  Ms. Dwyer has also testified on behalf of NJSEP before the State Board of Education as it considered amendments to the special education code, and before the New Jersey Commission on Bullying in Schools, which was appointed by the Governor and ultimately developed New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.

 

In addition to representing individual clients, Ms. Dwyer assisted groups of parents to file class-action types of complaints with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights against a school district that resulted in the district changing its policies regarding evaluations for Section 504 eligibility, and the provision of special education supports and services in required world language classes and in accelerated and advanced classes.

 

Ms. Dwyer earned her BA at Fordham University and her JD at New York Law School.

Presentations & Published Decisions

 

Presentations 

 

  • "Basic Special Education Terms and Law" – Hopewell Disability Advocacy Network (October 2014)

  • "Rights of Students With Disabilities to Participate in Extracurricular Activities Including Sports" – New Jersey School Boards Association Spring School Law Forum (June 2013)

  • "What Parents Can Do When the School Says No" – CHADD Princeton-Mercer County (May 2013)

  • "Advocacy in Gifted Education" – HEROES Gifted conference (January 2010)

  • "Recovering Attorney’s Fees in Special Education Cases" – Training for attorneys by Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (November 2009)

  • "Meeting the Needs of Twice-exceptional Students" - New Jersey Association for Gifted Children annual conference (March 2007)

  • "Update on Changes in Special Education Law and Parental Advocacy" – West Windsor-Plainsboro Special Kids-Special Parents (March 2007)

 

Published Decisions and Findings

 

Associations

 

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, School Law Committee

  • New Jersey Special Education Practitioners Group

  • New Jersey Anti-Bullying Lawyers Group

  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

Bar Admissions

 

  • State of New Jersey

  • State of New York

  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

2010 - present

2010 - present

Lisa McCauley Parles attorney New Jersey