Elizabeth Rho-Ng represents California public school districts, county offices of education, independent/private schools, community college districts, and special education local plan areas (SELPA) in various aspects of education law, specializing in special education and student issues. She advises clients on all matters related to student services, including serving the needs of disabled students, and has extensive expertise on topics ranging from Section 504 disability discrimination complaints and student disciplinary matters to special education technical assistance and administrative proceedings. Ms. Rho-Ng has successfully litigated cases before administrative law agencies and in federal court.
Prior to her education law practice, Ms. Rho-Ng served as a staff attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where she evaluated cases in both the criminal and civil divisions and prepared and presented memoranda opinions to the judicial panels. In law school, Ms. Rho-Ng served as a law clerk at a Boston education law firm and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, where she handled the criminal misdemeanor caseload and made appearances before a magistrate judge. Ms. Rho-Ng has also taught English as a second language in South Korea, served as a guest lecturer at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA, and, while on sabbatical from the firm, taught law and core curriculum courses at Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University in Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
News & Publications
Events & Speaking Engagements
For nearly two decades, Ms. Rho-Ng has presented extensively across the state, from the school-site level to state-wide educational and legal conferences, providing trainings and professional development to school staff, administrators, governing boards, and other stakeholders in the field of education.
Alerts & Articles
- Students with Disabilities Highlighted in CDC’s “Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation,” and USDOE's “COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools”02.15.2021
- President Biden Signs Executive Order Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers01.25.2021
- California Department of Public Health School Re-Opening Framework and Guidance (January 14, 2021) and Its Application to Students Receiving Specialized Services01.22.2021
- Governor Newsom’s Proposed Budget Could Greatly Assist Schools in Supporting the Most Vulnerable Student Populations for in-Person Learning01.15.2021
- The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Including $54.3 Billion to Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, Now Signed Into Law01.06.2021
- H.R. 133, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Includes $54.3 Billion to Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund12.22.2020
- California Department of Public Health Mandates School Closures for Schools Located in Counties on COVID-19 Watch List07.19.2020
- California Department of Public Health Amends Face Covering Guidance — Schools Are Subject to a Broad Face Covering Mandate06.20.2020
- California Department of Public Health Issues Statewide Face-Covering Mandate. Community Colleges Are Not Exempt; Schools May Have Limited Exemption06.19.2020
- An Analysis of CDE’s and OSERS’ Most Recent Guidance for Serving Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 Related Closures03.22.2020
- California's Department of Education and Health & Human Services Agency Issue “New COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools” Providing a Framework for Distance Learning - Encourage LEAs to Ensure Opportunities Are Available to Vulnerable Students03.18.2020
- New COVID-19 Legislation Impacts Timelines for Special Education Assessment Plan Development; Student Records Requests; Uniform Complaint Procedures; and English Language Proficiency Assessments03.17.2020
- Districts Should Consider Residential Placement Needs for Students in Out-of-Home Settings Initiated by Child Welfare Agencies01.31.2019
- District Court Upholds Cost Limitations Pertaining to Publicly Funded Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE)04.03.2017
- U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Standard of a Free Appropriate Public Education Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act04.03.2017
- Specialized Instruction and Services for a General Education Student May Amount to Eligibility for Special Education and Related Services, 09.22.2016
Ms. Rho-Ng has also authored numerous online articles pertaining to special education legal compliance and best practices for public educational agencies.
- EdLawConnect Blog, 04.22.2019
- School District Day Care Center and Preschool Staff May Have to Abide by New Vaccination RequirementsEdLawConnect Blog, 02.02.2017
- Attorney’s Fees and IEEs: A School District May Still Have to Pay Parents’ Attorney’s Fees Despite Voluntarily Withdrawing Its Own Due Process Complaint to Defend Its AssessmentEdLawConnect Blog, 06.05.2013
- EdLawConnect Blog, 10.23.2012
Community & Professional
- Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Member
- California Council of School Attorneys, Member
- Korean American Bar Association of Northern California, Member
- AALRR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Member
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member