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.

Practice Areas

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


Ms. Rho-Ng has also authored numerous online articles pertaining to special education legal compliance and best practices for public educational agencies.

Community Involvement

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


J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
B.A., University of Texas at Austin


  • 2001, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of California


  • Conversational Korean
    Conversational Spanish
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