Alefia Mithaiwala represents school districts and educational agencies in all matters, including administrative trials, federal appeals, resolution meetings, expulsion hearings, mediations, and responses to Office of Civil Rights complaints, California Department of Education compliance complaints, and Uniform complaints. She practices preventative law by consulting and training school staff on various IDEA, discipline, ADA and Section 504 matters, and was instrumental in creating the firm’s Section 504 and ADA Procedures Manual.
Ms. Mithaiwala has over 15 years of diverse experience in the field of education and education law. She received her Masters of Education degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2002, with an emphasis on special education policy. In 2003, she worked with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, to draft regulations for the 2004 amendments to IDEA.
News & Publications
Alerts & Articles
Special Ed Connection, Expert Insight: 5 FAQs About Implementing Section 504 This School Year, September 2020
- OCR and OSEP Issue Six Guidance Documents, Again Cautioning School Districts to Ensure Nondiscriminatory Practices in Discipline and Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities07.22.2022
- Long COVID? OCR and OSERS Issue Updated Guidance Regarding Child Find and Evaluation Obligations Under Section 504 and IDEA07.28.2021
Section 504 and ADA Procedures Manual
The purpose of the manual is to provide schools with a comprehensive, step by step framework by which to identify, evaluate, and provide support to students with disabilities under Section 504 and the ADA. For more information on purchasing the Manual, please click here.
J.D., University of Georgia School of Law
Ed.M., Harvard University Graduate School of Education
B.A. with teaching credential, Duke University
- 2005, Missouri
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California