Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Partner Recognized as Outstanding Women
Alisia St. Florian, a partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane was recognized by Rhode Island Monthly as an Outstanding Women. Each April, Rhode Island Monthly acknowledges local women who are dynamic, successful and making a mark in their field. These women are selected from small business owners to large corporate executives. Alisia St. Florian, Esq. was recognized for her work as President of the Board of Trustees for The Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island.
St. Florian was also recognized in Rhode Island Monthly for being a partner in the firm’s Special Education Law Group, co-founder and co-chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association Education Law Group as well as past co-chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Counsel. Alisia St. Florian represents school districts in all aspects of special education litigation, from administrative hearings at the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) through to all levels of judicial appeal. In addition, Ms. St. Florian frequently presents workshops on issues regarding special education, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, state and federal student record regulations, bullying, and civil rights laws both to client groups and at state conferences including at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). Ms. St. Florian has been a speaker at the LRP School Law Conference and is a frequent contributor to special education articles published by LRP.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP has an extensive education law practice representing more than one hundred and eighty public, private and nonprofit educational institutions from pre-K through the college and university level.The firm is also known throughout New England for its labor and employment practice as well as its expansive municipal law practice.
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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