Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Attorney has Notable Week
On March 5th, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane attorney, Felicia Vasudevan received the award for Lawyer’s Weekly, Lawyers of the Year. Attorney Vasudevan received the award following a favorable decision in special education law in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, C.D. v. Natick Public School District.
In C.D. v. Natick Public School District, the First Circuit rejected 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. Following the First Circuit’s decision, the Plaintiff petitioned the Supreme Court for certiorari. Attorney Vasudevan opposed the Petition for Certiorari on behalf of Natick Public Schools. On March 2, 2020, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case.
Mary Ellen Sowyrda, a Partner at Murphy, Hesse Toomey & Lehane, LLP, prevailed on behalf of her client, Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Distrist (“District”), for the second time in two months. In June 2021, Ms. Sowyrda received a favorable decision from the Bureau of Special Education (“BSEA”) in response to the District’s request for substitute consent to perform a three-year evaluation of a student. The second favorable Decision, involving the same student, is a result of a Hearing Request filed Read More
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.