|University ||Douglass College, Rutgers University, A.B., with general honors, 1972; Teachers College, Columbia University, A.M., 1974; Teachers College, Columbia University, Ed.M., 1981|
|Law School||Rutgers Law School - Newark, J.D., 1984|
|Admitted||1985, New Jersey and United States District Court, District of New Jersey; 1986, New York and United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York|
|Born||East Orange, New Jersey, October 18, 1950|
Viola S. Lordi, a shareholder and former Special Assistant United States Attorney, chairs the Education Law Department and represents public and private school boards and individuals in all facets of education law. A major focus of Ms. Lordi's practice is the representation of school boards in matters involving children with educational disabilities, school governance and labor disputes. Ms. Lordi provides staff training on school and teacher ethics and other topics affecting the operations of public and private schools in New Jersey.
Ms. Lordi has represented school boards before the New Jersey Superior Court, the Commissioner of Education, the Office of Administrative Law, the School Ethics Commission, and the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission in a broad variety of school law cases, including labor arbitration and litigation; tenure/seniority disputes; and employee/student discipline, special education and school ethics matters. She is the main author of IDEA Guidebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, LRP Publications, 2007, and a member of LRP Publications' School Attorney Advisory Board. Ms. Lordi is the lead author of “Special Education: Practical Applications of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, ” which was recently (February 2009) published in New Jersey Lawyer, the magazine.
Area of Emphasis:
Special Education Policy, Mediation and Due Process
Human Resources in the School Context
Labor Negotiations, Arbitration and Litigation
•Special Education-Practical Applications of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
•Education Law - PLEP: Program and Placement Developing a Special Education IEP that Satisfies the Requirements of State and Federal Law
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