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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Attorney Receives 2019 Lawyers of the Year

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane attorney, Felicia Vasudevan was one of fifteen lawyers to receive Lawyers of the Year from Lawyer’s Weekly. Attorney Vasudevan has been accredited for her success in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals case C.D. v Natick Public School District. Felicia convinced the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the Plaintiff’s interpretation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which would have altered the standard for “free appropriate public education” and least restrictive environment for students with disabilities. This decision has made a significant impact on the Educational law landscape coming from an attorney with less than a decade of experience.

Lawyers of the Year are selected by the Lawyers Weekly editorial department. In-House Leaders are general counsel and staff attorneys who are nominated by their colleagues, clients and other legal professionals for being leaders in the community and forward thinkers. Attorney Vasudevan will be recognized alongside fellow 2020 Leaders in the Law at a dinner on March 5, 2020 in Boston.

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP is known throughout New England for its labor and employment practice. In addition the firm has an extensive education law practice representing more than one hundred and fifty public, private and nonprofit educational institutions through the collegiate level.

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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Presents on Manifestation Determination

  The MCLE (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) sponsored an eLecture where Mary Ellen Sowyrda, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, presented. Alongside Ms. Sowyrda was Daniel Ahearn, Esq., and Marlies Spanjaard from the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), school authorities are required to conduct Manifestation Determination when it comes to discipling a student with disabilities. Their presentation, titled “How to Handle Manifestation Determination Reviews for Students with Disabilities”, focused Read More

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The American Rescue Plan Act’s Aid Allocations to State, Local Governments, and Schools

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) which provides for a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. State and local governments, and also many educational entities, will receive substantial funding. Having endured the last year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, both states and local governments, as well as schools, have experienced unexpected expenses, losses in revenues, and budgetary burdens. The purpose of this Client Alert is to explain generally how funds from the ARPA relief aid have been designated to alleviate those COVID-19-related challenges.

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