Kevin Shields

Kevin Shields

Special Education Law throughout Texas
  • Education Law, Civil Rights
  • District of Columbia, Maryland, Texas
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Serving Texas children and their families in Special Education law matters. We can help with your special education legal issue.

Practice Areas
    Education Law
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
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    Special Education Lawyer
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Shields Law Firm
University of Texas - Austin
Honors: High Honors
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Georgetown University Law Center
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Professional Associations
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
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State Bar of Texas  # 24098742
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American Bar Association
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Conflict Mediation
Universtiy of Texas
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6 Questions Answered
Q. My son is autistic and in the special needs program at his elementary school. Can I have a say in making modifications
A: Yes, absolutely. As the parent, you are a member of any group that meets to decide services or placement for your son. The law is clear regarding parent participation in meetings: The parents of a child with a disability must be afforded an opportunity to participate in meetings with respect to - (i) The identification, evaluation, and educational placement of the child; and (ii) The provision of FAPE to the child. 34 CFR 300.501 (b) Your son's IEP team is a good place to start and voice your concerns. If you cannot make progress with the IEP team, using a special education advocate or lawyer may help. No matter how you proceed though, you should have a voice in the process.
Q. Do the parents of the minor have to be present when the minor makes a verbal /written statement to school & local police
A: Parents need not be present while school officials are asking questions of a student in most cases. However, if the questioning was by the police or your child was in police custody, constitutional protections may be triggered. You may want to consult a local criminal lawyer about the specific details of your case.
Q. I got a ticket for possession of alcohol on school grounds but I only had a bottle that smelled like beer
A: While you were at a school, this is more of a criminal law question and are likely being charged under your state's criminal code. Once your case goes to court, you can present whatever evidence you have during a trial. It may be helpful to contact a local criminal lawyer about your individual facts.
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720 Rusk Street, Ste. 501
Houston, TX 77002
Telephone: (832) 422-7333
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