Jennifer Fain is the partner in charge of the Marin office. She represents public schools, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas on compliance with federal and state laws involving students with disabilities. As part of her practice, Ms. Fain has represented educational agencies in mediation, due process hearings, and federal court proceedings. She also advises on and handles Section 504 hearings and complaints, OCR complaints, CDE compliance complaints, and Uniform Complaint Procedures. Additionally, Ms. Fain conducts investigations into allegations of disability-based discrimination and harassment.
Ms. Fain works with clients proactively to develop practices that will prevent costly disputes, including reviewing current policies and procedures. She develops and provides workshops and in-service trainings for school personnel on a variety of issues relating to special education and disability-related laws. She has presented on special education legal issues at the state and national levels.
Prior to joining AALRR, Ms. Fain was a partner at the Weatherly Law Firm, where she represented educational agencies across the country in all facets of special education and student disability-related laws.
News & Publications
Events & Speaking Engagements
Ms. Fain frequently presents at workshops and provides training to school districts.
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
- 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
- The Ninth Circuit Reiterates Procedural Requirements, Warns Against ALJ’s Reframing of Hearing Issues, and Identifies Consequences for a School District’s Failure to Timely Respond to Due Process Complaints04.03.2017
Ms. Fain is an active contributor to the firm’s various newsletters, publications, and blogs.
- EdLawConnect Blog, 01.15.2013