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Amy T.
Brooks

Partner

Ms. Brooks is a member of the firm’s Education Law practice group. Her practice focuses on advising school administrators regarding legal issues in student services and special education.

Let's Talk
460 Norristown Road, Suite 110
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Email: abrooks@wispearl.com
Assistant
Meredith Braverman
Phone: 610-825-8400
Fax: 610-828-4887

Ms. Brooks works with school clients helping them to understand and navigate the existing legal framework in order to proactively achieve their goals. Ms. Brooks routinely litigates for school clients in administrative and local agency proceedings up through the appeals process. She defends schools against legal claims such as those brought under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as representing schools in investigations by the PA Department of Education and US Office for Civil Rights.

Ms. Brooks advises schools regarding student records and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), issues of risk management, matters of child abuse and reporting under the Child Protective Services Law, Homelessness under the McKinney Vento Act, sexual harassment and gender equity involving Title IX, and bullying and harassment investigations under Pennsylvania’s Anti-Bullying Law. She handles matters regarding the Public School Code of 1949 such as transportation, enrollment, residency, custody, discipline, Pennsylvania Approved Private Schools, private schools and charter schools. Ms. Brooks builds strong relationships with clients through daily interactions on matters of concern.

Ms. Brooks’ former experience as a teacher and collegiate coach brings practical and knowledgeable experience of the educational community into her practice. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations. A graduate of Temple University’s Law School, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Review. She received her undergraduate degree from Haverford College.

Representative Matters
  • Represents schools and districts to resolve education related disagreements with parents.
  • Represents school districts in administrative hearings through the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in special education claims such as tuition reimbursement and compensatory education claims.
  • Drafts and advises schools and districts on their policies and administrative procedures.
  • Represents school districts in non-residency hearings to exclude students attending schools illegally.
  • Counsels school districts in successfully navigating the Charter School Application Review process including conducting hearings on Charter Applications.
  • In-services school administrators, teachers, and other special education service providers in areas of special education compliance and strategy.
  • Represents school districts during investigations conducted by compliance offices such as the Pennsylvania Department of Education, or the Office of Civil Rights alleging discrimination based on disability.
Speeches and Publications
  • “Ethics: Divorce and Custody Issues.” Co-Presenter. Exceptional Children Conference. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. October 7, 2016.
  • “Special Education Law for School Psychologists-Comprehensive Evaluations.” Lower Merion School District. May 27, 2016.
  • PSBA School Law Handbook. Editor of Chapter 12. 2016 (release date pending).
  • “Ethical Issues for Special Education Lawyers.” Exceptional Children Conference. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. October 26, 2015.
  • “What Does an Instructional Assistant/Behavioral Aide Need to Know?” Lower Merion School District. June 2015.
  • “Ethical Issues for Attorneys in the IEP Meeting Process.” Exceptional Children Conference. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. October 27, 2014.
  • “Section 504 In-Service.” Lower Merion School District. November, 2014.
  • “School Law, An Examination of Current Critical Topics in School Law.” Pennsylvania Bar Institute. November 8, 2013.
  • “Section 504: What You Need to Know.” Upper Perkiomen School District. October 16, 2009.
  • “Getting a Child into School and Keeping Her There: The Laws Governing School Enrollment and Student Discipline.” Pennsylvania Bar Institute. October 2, 2009.
  • “Records: What You Need to Know About Right To Know and Other Laws.” Co-Presenter. Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Services Administrators Conference. April 23, 2009.
  • “The Upper Dublin Debt Act Referendum: A Series of Fortunate Events.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association School Solicitors Symposium Summer Conference. 2007.
  • “Student and Staff Issues in Extra Curricular Activities.” Co-Author. Pennsylvania School Boards Association Bulletin. February and April, 2006 (2 part series).

Amy T. Brooks Co-Presents on Ethics at Exceptional Children Conference

October 7, 2016

On October 7, 2016, Amy T. Brooks co-presented on the topic of “Ethics: Divorce and Custody Issues” at the Exceptional Children Conference in Lancaster, PA. The event was co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Services...
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Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2005)

Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (M.Ed., Sport and Recreation Administration, 2001)

Haverford College (B.A., Political Science, 1992)

Professional and Civic Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Montgomery Bar Association

Pennsylvania School Boards Solicitors Association

PSBA Nominee for 2016 Region 11 Director (election pending October 2016)

Haverford College, Board of Managers

Westtown School, Board of Trustees

Amy T.
Brooks

Partner

Ms. Brooks is a member of the firm’s Education Law practice group. Her practice focuses on advising school administrators regarding legal issues in student services and special education.

Let's Talk
460 Norristown Road, Suite 110
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Email: abrooks@wispearl.com
Assistant
Meredith Braverman
Phone: 610-825-8400
Fax: 610-828-4887

Ms. Brooks works with school clients helping them to understand and navigate the existing legal framework in order to proactively achieve their goals. Ms. Brooks routinely litigates for school clients in administrative and local agency proceedings up through the appeals process. She defends schools against legal claims such as those brought under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as representing schools in investigations by the PA Department of Education and US Office for Civil Rights.

Ms. Brooks advises schools regarding student records and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), issues of risk management, matters of child abuse and reporting under the Child Protective Services Law, Homelessness under the McKinney Vento Act, sexual harassment and gender equity involving Title IX, and bullying and harassment investigations under Pennsylvania’s Anti-Bullying Law. She handles matters regarding the Public School Code of 1949 such as transportation, enrollment, residency, custody, discipline, Pennsylvania Approved Private Schools, private schools and charter schools. Ms. Brooks builds strong relationships with clients through daily interactions on matters of concern.

Ms. Brooks’ former experience as a teacher and collegiate coach brings practical and knowledgeable experience of the educational community into her practice. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations. A graduate of Temple University’s Law School, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Review. She received her undergraduate degree from Haverford College.

Representative Matters
  • Represents schools and districts to resolve education related disagreements with parents.
  • Represents school districts in administrative hearings through the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in special education claims such as tuition reimbursement and compensatory education claims.
  • Drafts and advises schools and districts on their policies and administrative procedures.
  • Represents school districts in non-residency hearings to exclude students attending schools illegally.
  • Counsels school districts in successfully navigating the Charter School Application Review process including conducting hearings on Charter Applications.
  • In-services school administrators, teachers, and other special education service providers in areas of special education compliance and strategy.
  • Represents school districts during investigations conducted by compliance offices such as the Pennsylvania Department of Education, or the Office of Civil Rights alleging discrimination based on disability.
Speeches and Publications
  • “Ethics: Divorce and Custody Issues.” Co-Presenter. Exceptional Children Conference. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. October 7, 2016.
  • “Special Education Law for School Psychologists-Comprehensive Evaluations.” Lower Merion School District. May 27, 2016.
  • PSBA School Law Handbook. Editor of Chapter 12. 2016 (release date pending).
  • “Ethical Issues for Special Education Lawyers.” Exceptional Children Conference. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. October 26, 2015.
  • “What Does an Instructional Assistant/Behavioral Aide Need to Know?” Lower Merion School District. June 2015.
  • “Ethical Issues for Attorneys in the IEP Meeting Process.” Exceptional Children Conference. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. October 27, 2014.
  • “Section 504 In-Service.” Lower Merion School District. November, 2014.
  • “School Law, An Examination of Current Critical Topics in School Law.” Pennsylvania Bar Institute. November 8, 2013.
  • “Section 504: What You Need to Know.” Upper Perkiomen School District. October 16, 2009.
  • “Getting a Child into School and Keeping Her There: The Laws Governing School Enrollment and Student Discipline.” Pennsylvania Bar Institute. October 2, 2009.
  • “Records: What You Need to Know About Right To Know and Other Laws.” Co-Presenter. Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Services Administrators Conference. April 23, 2009.
  • “The Upper Dublin Debt Act Referendum: A Series of Fortunate Events.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association School Solicitors Symposium Summer Conference. 2007.
  • “Student and Staff Issues in Extra Curricular Activities.” Co-Author. Pennsylvania School Boards Association Bulletin. February and April, 2006 (2 part series).

Amy T. Brooks Co-Presents on Ethics at Exceptional Children Conference

October 7, 2016

On October 7, 2016, Amy T. Brooks co-presented on the topic of “Ethics: Divorce and Custody Issues” at the Exceptional Children Conference in Lancaster, PA. The event was co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Services...
Read More >>