Pamela helps educational institutions comply with state and federal education laws, including the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title IX and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and respond effectively to alleged violations.
A former teacher, Pamela understands the realities of the education system. She helps clients — including school districts, charter schools and intermediate units — implement practical, proactive policies designed to prevent violations.
Pamela helps clients comply with the IDEA by:
- Conducting extensive compliance reviews and counseling on necessary revisions to students’ special education programming and placement.
- Assisting with all phases of special education due process hearings.
- Negotiating settlement agreements.
- Developing policies and protocol to enforce special education and disability protection laws.
She aids in compliance with Title IX and other federal education, civil rights and labor laws by:
- Leading investigations into and resolving allegations and complaints of sexual harassment, sexual violence and civil rights discrimination and preparing detailed reports and interpretive memoranda based on her findings.
- Counseling clients on policies related to the organization and maintenance of grievance files, disposition reports and other records regarding Title IX compliance. That includes tracking the number, nature and disposition of filed complaints, data collection, climate assessment and pattern monitoring.
- Partnering with the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to provide technical assistance to clients to help them achieve voluntary federal civil rights compliance.
- Supervising proactive enforcement activities for local education agencies.
From forward-thinking policy advice to resolute courtroom representation, clients rely on Pamela for innovative legal solutions grounded in her detailed knowledge of education and civil rights laws and first-hand experience in public education.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Pamela was a special education attorney with a firm based in Washington, D.C. She also served as an intern with the district attorney’s office in both Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
Pamela was also a teacher with the School District of Philadelphia at Mayfair Elementary School.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Pamela has a long history of community involvement, particularly in organizations benefiting children and at-risk families. She was a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) by the Philadelphia County Dependency Court, representing the best interest of abused or neglected children in out-of-home placement and receiving services from the Department of Human Service.
Pamela also served as a crisis counselor for Ozone House where she provided crisis intervention and assistance to high-risk youth families involved in issues of family conflict, homelessness, suicide, abuse and neglect, domestic violence and sexual orientation.
As a legal advisor with the Villanova Civil Justice Clinic, Pamela represented low-income clients in Philadelphia and Delaware County in a range of civil disputes including housing rights, forfeiture proceedings and those denied government benefits.