Tuesday Evening, October 20, 2020

7:00pm - 9:30 pm  


Presentation Via Zoom Webinar 


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Ned deBary

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Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. 
(508) 655-7999 

From Complaint to Compliance: Analyzing State Education Complaints to Deliver a Tool for Parents & Advocates 

  With Professor Elizabeth Bloom and Michele Scavongelli, Esq.

Tuesday Evening, October 20, 2020

Learn about the partnership between law students at Northeastern University School of Law with The EdLaw Project to collect and analyze over 100 letters of finding issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Problem Resolution System (PRS) in response to complaints alleging improper school discipline, denial of special education services, and bullying and harassment. Out of this research has come practical advisory materials and user-friendly templates designed for advocates and parents, individuals, and groups navigating the process of filing a state complaint against a school or district.  This workshop will present the results of the research and walk participants through the use of the PRS Complaint templates.


This presentation is a LIVE Webinar

Tuesday October 20th

7:00pm to 9:30pm

Registration closes October 18th 


The Annual Membership Meeting is also scheduled on October 20th from 5-6 pm. All current members will receive a separate link for the annual meeting.

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(current member has paid an annual fee of $75 or more in the past 12 months)

 Meet the Presenters 

Elizabeth Bloom 

Elizabeth Bloom is a professor at Northeastern University School of Law, where she teaches in the first-year Legal Skills in Social Context program. She supervises social justice projects are in the areas of children’s rights and educational justice.  Her scholarship focuses on law school formative assessment, the intersection of skills-based teaching and social justice, and the application of educational psychology to legal education.  

Elizabeth began her legal career at Goulston & Storrs, where she conducted a broad-based civil litigation practice.  She subsequently worked at the Crockin Law and Policy Group, providing legal assistance to individuals, programs, and policymakers in the area of assisted reproductive technology.  

Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern University School of Law, Elizabeth was a Professor of Law and Director of the Academic Excellence Program at New England Law | Boston, where she taught for nine years. She is currently serving on the Diversity Committee of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.


Michele G. Scavongelli, Esq.

Michele Scavongelli Esq. joined the EdLaw Project as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen, LLP in September 2012, and has continued on as a staff attorney until the present. Michele has successfully represented over two hundred families in the past eight years in both school discipline and special education matters, prevailing at Administrative Law hearings, in Superior Court, and in state complaints.  She built The EdLaw Project’s pro bono panel for and has trained hundreds of delinquency, child welfare, firm, and in-house counsel, as well as parent and community groups in special education advocacy and school discipline rights.  She is also the Deputy Director of the Youth Advocacy Foundation (YAF), a 501(c)(3) organization attached to the state public defender office whose mission is to shut down the school-to-prison pipeline by ensuring that all court-involved kids have access to expert education advocacy. 

 Michele graduated Northeastern University School of Law in 2012. During law school, Ms. Scavongelli was a recipient of a Rappaport Fellowship at the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate and a recipient of a Hennessey Fellowship at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee. She interned at the Lowell Juvenile Court as well as at the law firm of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP with a particular focus on special education law. Ms. Scavongelli also assisted victims of domestic violence at the Dorchester and Roxbury Municipal Courts and at Boston Medical Center and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)