YAD Education Advocacy

Marlies Spanjaard, Director of Education Advocacy
100 Cambridge Street, 14th Floor • Boston, MA 02114 • 617.482.6212

The EdLaw Project

The EdLaw Project is an initiative of the Youth Advocacy Foundation and the Children & Family and Youth Advocacy Divisions of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

EdLaw’s mission includes training, empowering and supporting lawyers across the state in advocating for education rights and fair and equitable treatment under Massachusetts’ education system.

EdLaw has created a program of education rights training modules for delinquency and child welfare attorneys practicing across Massachusetts.  Edlaw’s module approach has leveraged the expertise of nearly one thousand attorneys, and transformed the standard of practice for child advocacy in Massachusetts.  Assistance to students include advocating for them to receive appropriate special education services, identifying new school placement after dropping out or being pushed out of school, preventing school exclusion, and stopping criminal complaints being issued against students stemming from school-based incidents.

For advice on an education matter, and EdLaw contact information, click here.

For more information about the EdLaw Project, or to schedule a training on Student Rights and Education Law, click this link:  https://www.youthadvocacyfoundation.org/edlaw-project-overview

EdLaw Staff:

Marlies Spanjaard, Director of Education Advocacy
Ashley Dalton, Equal Justice Works Fellow/Staff Counsel
Elizabeth LevitanSkadden Fellow/Staff Counsel
Michaela Bland, Skadden Fellow/Staff Counsel
Erin Hehn O’Sullivan, Senior Counsel
Michele Scavongelli, Senior Counsel

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Staff Bios
EdLaw Project Background
Education Tools and Resources