WC18E-1000435

SUSSEX COUNTY - TRUANCY

Representation at truancy hearing

CC is a 13-year-old 7th-grade general education student. She has accumulated 40 absences this year, most of which are related to illnesses (flu, asthma, etc.). The 4 unexcused absences she has are related to when her father, WC, was in the hospital with pneumonia and related heart failure, and CC remained by his side for fear that he was going to die. Many of CC’s illnesses, like stomach aches, are related to bullying at school and on the school bus that has been going on for the past four years. WC is seeking an attorney to represent him at the truancy hearing before municipal court, scheduled for April 26 at 1:45 PM.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

AT17E-1001725

Union County – Expungement

Representation for full criminal record expungement

AT is a 26 year old with one disorderly persons arrest from Union Township in 2014. The charge resulted in a dismissal in 2016. An expungement will result in a clear criminal record and help client move forward with her life.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

KP18E-1000364

BERGEN COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION/BULLYING

Representation at due process hearing to address bullying issue, obtain appropriate IEP, and possible comp. ed.

IM is an 11-year-old 6th-grader who is originally from Albania and is eligible for special education services under the category of Specific Learning Disability. During the 2016-17 school year, IM’s peers called her a lesbian, purposely mispronounced her last name, left notes on her desk saying they hated her, and posted mean messages on social media. IM’s mother, KP, reported the bullying and the district found it to violate its HIB policy. KP asked the school not to place IM in classes with two of the girls who had bullied her, but at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, IM was placed in a class with one of them. KP complained but was told that the other girl could not be moved and IM could move to another school in the district if she was uncomfortable. IM has experienced anxiety and a loss of self-esteem and does not want to go to school as the other girl continues to provoke her. KP filed for due process; mediation and a settlement conference have been unsuccessful. KP is seeking representation at a due process hearing (scheduled for April 27th) to request moving the other girl out of IM’s class and ensure they are not placed together next year; development of an appropriate IEP for the 2018-19 school year; and compensatory education if warranted.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

AB18E-1000336

ESSEX COUNTY - BANKRUPTCY

Representation in filing bankruptcy petition

AB is married and was successfully self-employed but recently learned that his declining health would force him to reduce his hours and therefore his income.  Currently, he finds himself unable to pay his debts which includes credit card debt totaling approximately $31,000, IRS debt of approximately $9000, and medical debt of approximately $3000.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

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JL18E-1000344

SUSSEX COUNTY - ESTATE PLANNING

Attorney to draft will, power of attorney and medical care directives.

JL, 35-year-old, Navy veteran, is seeking to have a will drafted. JL is 70% service-connected and receiving disability. JL would like to get things in order, since he and his wife have a young child, and another on the way. JL seeking representation for estate planning.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

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DM18E-1000177

ESSEX COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION

Representation at IEP meeting, mediation, or due process to obtain appropriate out-of-district placement

SE is a 14-year-old 9th-grader with developmental disabilities who was sexually assaulted in November 2017 at school by another student in her self-contained special education class. The other student remains at school; consequently, SE has refused to return to school since December. The district finally placed her on home instruction on February 9, but services have been inconsistent and assignments hard to access. Home instruction is set to end in a few weeks and SE’s aunt and legal guardian, DM, does not know where SE will go. DM would like SE placed out-of-district where her educational and emotional needs can be addressed.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

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GJ18E-1000279

UNION COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION

Representation at due process to obtain appropriate program and IEE

IJ is a 9-year-old 4th-grader who has been diagnosed with autism. Despite the recommendations of a BCBA who evaluated IJ and recommended an ABA program (and an out-of-district placement if it could not be provided in his current placement), the district has been using an internet-based program with little or no data that does not appear to be ABA-based at all. The BCBA also recommended a number of IEP goals for IJ that the district has never considered. Additionally, although it was never reported to IJ’s father, GJ, school records revealed three instances where IJ ran out of class, and once he ran into an area with cars. Despite strong indications that IJ’s behavior is interfering with is learning, he does not have a BIP. For years, there were no real IEP meetings; GJ would simply be asked to come in and sign the document. GJ went to mediation in February, which was unsuccessful. He is seeking representation at a hearing scheduled for May 2nd to obtain an appropriate ABA-based program and possibly an independent evaluation as well.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

MG18E-1000254

HUDSON COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION

Representation at mediation to obtain appropriate IEP and services

AT is a 12-year-old student classified as multiply disabled. Despite recommendations of PROMPT therapy from an independent speech and language evaluation and OT therapy from an independent OT evaluation, the district rejected the proposal of PROMPT therapy and has indicated that it will terminate OT therapy in June. AT’s mother, MG, filed for due process within 15 days to invoke stay-put. MG also noted in her due process petition that the district inaccurately classified AT as multiply disabled, failed to adequately address reading comprehension, spelling, and writing, and included vague and immeasurable goals and objectives in AT’s IEP. Mediation was scheduled for early March, but the district cancelled it because it was unable to find a space to hold the mediation, and now the case is proceeding to a hearing; the first date is April 19th. MG is seeking representation to obtain an appropriate IEP including providing AT with PROMPT therapy (current and compensatory) and continuation of OT after June.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

ZB17E-1001672

ESSEX COUNTY - EMPLOYMENT MATTER

Seeking representation in lawsuit against employer

ZB is a 28-year-old single mother of two young children.  In September, she was sexually harassed at work.  She reported the incident, and her employer has promised her that they will transfer her to a different position in February.  Since the incident, however, ZB has been having severe anxiety and panic attacks, and has been self-medicating with alcohol.  In November, ZB’s employer put her in a mental health program to address anxiety and substance abuse.  She is currently receiving worker’s compensation but is unable to receive short-term disability benefits.  ZB is unsure if she will be compensated when she begins a new position in a few weeks.  An attorney who did a consultation with ZB determined that she had enough information to go to the EEOC with her complaint.  ZB is now seeking an attorney who could represent her in a lawsuit against her employer.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

MC18E-1000171

ESSEX COUNTY - BULLYING

Negotiation with the school district to address HIB

MA is a 13-year-old 7th-grader who has been bullied in school multiple times by the same two students about his acne. MA’s mother, MC, has reported the bullying to the school district more than once, but they have determined that the behavior does not constitute harassment, intimidation, or bullying (HIB) but rather a “mutual conflict” in which each child called each other names. MC is seeking a HIB determination and appropriate action to address the bullying (such as moving the other students to a different class from MA).

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

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RN18E-1000000

ESSEX COUNTY - DIVORCE

Representation in Divorce proceedings. Client speak limited English, but is fluent in Hindi.

RN is a 46-year-old mentally impaired Pakistani woman. She is seeking divorce from her abusive husband, who married her in order to obtain a U.S. citizenship. RN requires assistance with filing for divorce, serving her husband, who is a citizen of Pakistan, and representing her in all subsequent divorce proceedings.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

MD18E-1000003

UNION COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION

Representation at due process hearing to obtain out-of-district placement, IEEs, and comp. ed. Client speaks Portuguese.

HD is a 9-year-old who has been diagnosed with autism and has behavioral issues. HD has recently been coming home with his ears red or swollen and welts on his back. HD’s mother, MD, spoke with her son’s doctor, who advised her not to send him back to school and instead to take him for X-rays and to see a neurologist. A DCPP investigation has been initiated and is still ongoing. MD filed for due process, requesting an out-of-district placement. At mediation, the district refused to agree to an out-of-district placement. MD is seeking representation at a due process hearing to obtain an out-of-district placement, independent evaluations if necessary, and compensatory education. The initial settlement conference was held in January ; hearing dates have not been set yet.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

BS17E-1001689

ESSEX COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION

Negotiation with school district to obtain neurological evaluation and 1:1 aide. Client speaks Portuguese.

DS is a 5-year-old Kindergartener who has been diagnosed with a learning disability. He also may have a communication impairment, since he has significant receptive and expressive language difficulties. DS’s mother, BS, asked the CST to complete a neurological assessment to identify any underlying cause of DS’s disability; the CST told her to obtain such an evaluation on her own, but she could not afford the $1,000 cost. BS made a second request, in writing, but has not received a response. After DS’s teacher told BS that DS needs more individualized attention in school, BS also made a written request for a 1:1 aide, but has not received a response to that request either. BS is seeking an attorney to help her obtain a neurological evaluation and 1:1 aide for DS, or alternatively, independent and neurological assessments.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

JA17E-1001706 & LA17E-1001707

ESSEX COUNTY - ESTATE PLANNING

Clients Spanish speaking. 

JA (66 years old) and LA (67 years old), are married and seeking to each have a will, POA and medical directives prepared. JA and LA are not in the best of health, and would like their affairs to be in order prior to something happening. JA and LA both share some medical debt, and have few assets. 

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

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JL17E-1001628

ESSEX COUNTY - ADOPTION

Representation in the process of adopting his nephew

JL gained full legal custody of his 13-year-old nephew, AS, in 2015 after AS’s mother (JL’s sister) began struggling with drug addiction and could no longer care for him. AS has been diagnosed with ADHD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. JL has advocated for his nephew in school, helping him get into an out-of-district private school that serves children with behavioral difficulties, where he is doing well, and taking him to psychiatrist appointments regularly. He also moved into a new apartment so that AS could have his own room. Now JL is seeking to adopt AS. He is looking for an attorney who could represent him in the adoption process.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org

MI17E-1001540

ESSEX COUNTY - DIVORCE

Client is seeking full representation in divorce matter. Please note client is Spanish-speaking. 

MI is a Spanish-speaking 58-year-old disabled woman. The parties married in 1997. She has limited English proficiency. Due to her disability, which she sustained during employment, MI has been unemployed for the last 17 years.. The parties jointly own a 3-family home. The parties reside in their marital home and occupy one of the floors, and the other two they rent out to their two tenants. The house was in foreclosure because the former tenant was not paying rent.  Presently, the parties entered into a modification agreement with the bank in order to avoid foreclosure. The husband is employed full-time but has not contributed to any household related expenses and does not provide any financial assistance to MI The husband was in a car accident and has reached a settlement, the amount of which is unknown to MI  MI is seeking divorce, alimony, equitable distribution, and any other relief she is entitled to.

To review, email donuschak@vljnj.org