Ninth Circuit Win

Charlotte Cassady and Nicholle Mineiro won an important victory for the rights of youth to receive FAPE in residential treatment centers. Edmonds School District v. A.T. solidified the right to receive related services in mental health under IDEA. Read the decision here. Watch the oral argument here.

Cassady Law Presenting on December 13th

Cassady Law attorneys Nicholle Mineiro and C.Christine Porter will be speaking on IEP and 504 Plan Compliance in Olympia, WA on December 13, 2018. Come hear about top IEP pitfalls, legal updates from the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, state disciplinary law and case law updates.  Register here and take a visit to our state capital:


Diana Lafornara earns COPAA Advanced Advocate Training Certificate

Cassady Law paralegal and education advocate Diana Lafornara has earned an Advanced Advocate Training Certificate from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). This certificate is only open to experienced advocates. This is the first year this certificate has been offered by COPAA and is the highest-level certification offered by COPAA for non-attorney advocates. Diana earned this certificate while attending the 2018 COPAA national conference in Monterey, California. Also in attendance at the conference were Cassady Law attorneys Nicholle Mineiro and Christine Porter.

Cassady Law Welcomes C. Christine Porter

Cassady Law PLLC is proud to announce the addition of C. Christine Porter, Attorney at Law, to the firm. Christine brings a wide variety of experience to the firm including experience in employment law and a long history of volunteering in the disability and special education advocacy community.

Christine earned her law degree from the University of Washington Law School. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Hunter College and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Washington.

For Christine’s bio, click here.

C. Christine Porter, Attorney

C. Christine Porter, Attorney at Law

Victory: Federal Court Decision on Residential Placement

Cassady Law received a favorable ruling from the Western District of Washington on a residential placement case on November 7, 2017. This ruling will affect many students with profound mental health needs and other disabilities who need to be placed in residential treatment schools in order to receive a free appropriate public education in a therapeutic setting. Our firm prevailed in a due process hearing for our clients, and the school district appealed in federal court seeking to overturn the decision. Judge Lasnik wrote, “Having failed to provide an appropriate public education from which [the Student] could derive any educational benefit, the district is financially responsible for the appropriate residential placement the parents were forced to find on their own.”  Edmonds School District v. A.T., Western District of Washington C16-1500 RSL (November 7, 2017).