SJP's Legal Team Grows With Two New Attorneys Hired in September 2017

Two New Attorneys Join School Justice Project

PRESS RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 2017

School Justice Project (SJP) is pleased to welcome two attorneys to its team. In September 2017, seasoned special education attorney Kimberly Glassman joined SJP as Special Projects Attorney. Over the next six months, Kim will work with the SJP team to provide direct representation to clients, tackle systemic advocacy projects surrounding education for incarcerated youth, and conduct special education legal trainings for practitioners and community members.  School Justice Project also welcomed Claire Chevrier, a 2017 graduate of Georgetown University Law School. Claire joins SJP as a 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. Claire’s project is to establish, pilot, and launch education legal clinics in partnership with D.C. community-based organizations and agencies to bring legal services to court-involved students with special education needs.

About Kim Glassman

Kim has extensive experience advocating for the rights of children with disabilities.  Her practice centers on special education, suspension and expulsion cases.  She has represented over 200 parents and guardians in all phases of special education matters, including IEP meetings, manifestation determinations, disciplinary hearings, mediations and due process hearings.  Kim currently serves as a co-chair of the Special Education Attorney Roundtable and as a Special Education and Parent Attorney on the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) for the District of Columbia Superior Court. Before entering private practice, Kim was a Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau in Riverdale, Maryland, where she represented indigent clients in a wide range of civil matters and a Skadden Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center, working on issues related to Family Economic Security.  She is admitted to the bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court, District of Maryland and District of Columbia.  She earned her J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, in May 2003, magna cum laude, and earned a B.A., cum laude, in History and Political Science from SUNY Geneseo in May 2000. 

 About Claire Chevrier

Claire graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she focused on education and civil rights law. While there, Claire interned for the Children’s Law Center’s Special Education Project, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division’s Educational Opportunities Section, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ Educational Opportunities Project. Claire also represented low-income tenants in the Landlord and Tenant Branch of DC Superior Court through the DC Law Students in Court Clinic, for which she won the Nathan A. Neal Award for Outstanding Advocacy. In 2016, Claire had the privilege of interning for Professor Brian Wolfman, which put her on the petitioner’s team for the landmark special education case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.

About School Justice Project

School Justice Project (“SJP”) is a special education legal services and advocacy organization in the District of Columbia dedicated to ensuring that older (ages 17-22), court-involved youth with disabilities receive a quality education, during incarceration and throughout reintegration. By using special education advocacy in the juvenile and criminal contexts, SJP aims to increase access to education, decrease future court contact, and reshape the education and justice landscapes for older court-involved students with disabilities. 

To contact SJP, please email info@sjpdc.org or visit us online at www.sjpdc.org