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.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is proud to announce that Attorney Kathryn Murphy, a Partner at the firm, has been selected as a Top Women of Law 2022 honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The honorees are selected based upon their “ significant contributions to the legal profession while also serving as role models for women entering the law.” Ms. Murphy is the first attorney at the firm to receive this prestigious honor. She has been practicing law at Read More
On August 10, 2022, Chapter 177 of Acts of 2022, “An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health” was signed by Governor Baker. For public schools, it has impacts on student discipline, special education services, and emergency response plans. The bill goes into effect on November 8, 2022. Set forth below are summaries of the new law’s impact in the identified areas.