Michelle Alissa Ball

Michelle Alissa Ball

Student Attorney and Advocate
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  • California
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Michelle Ball has represented students throughout California since 1995 in expulsion, suspension, special education, 504, sports, bullying, Title IX, discrimination and many other student matters.

Michelle assists parents and students with public and private, pre-K, elementary, middle school and high school problems, as well as college difficulties, across California.

Michelle is located in Sacramento and has a highly informative website and blog on student education issues.

https://edlaw4students.com/
https://edlaw4students.com/blog/

Practice Area
    Education Law
Fees
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner/attorney
Law Office of Michelle Ball
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Education attorney for students assisting with expulsion, suspension, discipline, transfer, special education, 504, sports, attendance, harassment, discrimination, and most other education law issues. Helping students in public and private schools, at all grade levels, including pre-school, elementary, junior high, high school, and college since 1995.
Education
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
J.D. (1994)
Honors: Graduated "With Distinction," top 25% of class
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Univ of California Santa Barbara
B.A. (1991) | Law & Society
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 173429
Member
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
Student Rights Blog by Lawyer Michelle Ball
Videos
Bullying in school, victims rights, school transfers. What can parents and students do? California law can help victims of bullying. Know your rights! Bullied Students Have School Transfer Priority. Victims Rights (California Law)

Bullying in school, victims rights, school transfers. What can parents and students do? California law can help victims of bullying. Know your rights!

If the parent removes the student from the school or school district prior to the expulsion hearing, can the school district still expel the student? Know Your Rights! Can’t You Stop A School Expulsion By Quickly Moving?

If the parent removes the student from the school or school district prior to the expulsion hearing, can the school district still expel the student? Know Your Rights!

504s are legally binding documents which obligate schools to do the things required by the 504 Plan. 504 Plans are powerful. A 504 Plan is a written document for a qualified disabled student, which lists out various accommodations which the school is supposed to put in place while the student is at school. Teachers, school, and district staff may be bound by a 504. Do Schools Have To Follow Student 504 Plans? Yes!

504s are legally binding documents which obligate schools to do the things required by the 504 Plan. 504 Plans are powerful. A 504 Plan is a written document for a qualified disabled student, which lists out various accommodations which the school is supposed to put in place while the student is at school. Teachers, school, and district staff may be bound by a 504.

Expulsion notices have minimum legal requirements that have to be met in California to be legitimate. Expulsion Notices Have To Contain These Things To Be Legal

Expulsion notices have minimum legal requirements that have to be met in California to be legitimate.

College students facing discipline allegations may be desperate to resolve allegations against them, even if they may be false. Sadly, sometimes distressed university students sign bad agreements due to fear. Heavy College Discipline Agreements For Minor Allegations Are Bad

College students facing discipline allegations may be desperate to resolve allegations against them, even if they may be false. Sadly, sometimes distressed university students sign bad agreements due to fear.

Here is how a parent can get an interdistrict school transfer for a student in California. How To Get An Interdistrict Transfer

Here is how a parent can get an interdistrict school transfer for a student in California.

Once a parent actually HAS a 504 plan for a student, the fight has just begun. There is a difference between having a 504 plan on paper and actually getting it carried out in school. Here is how you get schools to implement student 504 plans. How To Get Schools To Actually Implement A 504 Plan

Once a parent actually HAS a 504 plan for a student, the fight has just begun. There is a difference between having a 504 plan on paper and actually getting it carried out in school. Here is how you get schools to implement student 504 plans.

Don't want your high schooler recruited by the military? Here's what parents can do. How To Stop Military Recruiters At High Schools From Talking To Your Child

Don't want your high schooler recruited by the military? Here's what parents can do.

What is a PHYSICAL assault on a sports official, referee, umpire, coach or other game or event official? Can a student be banned from sports and if so how do you lift a ban? What is the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)? Physical Assault Means No More High School Sports

What is a PHYSICAL assault on a sports official, referee, umpire, coach or other game or event official? Can a student be banned from sports and if so how do you lift a ban? What is the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)?

Sudden exclusions for sexual harassment under the federal law, Title IX, are devastating students. Students may be moved or pushed out of their regular school environment while the Title IX process progresses, and may face even harsher discipline, such as expulsion, after the Title IX process concludes. Parents need to know about this difficult law. School Exclusions Under Title IX (Sex Harassment) Can Be Brutal

Sudden exclusions for sexual harassment under the federal law, Title IX, are devastating students. Students may be moved or pushed out of their regular school environment while the Title IX process progresses, and may face even harsher discipline, such as expulsion, after the Title IX process concludes. Parents need to know about this difficult law.

Can a parent question anything in their child's records? Can you refuse psychological testing? Can you observe your child’s current classroom(s) or request a particular school ? Know your Rights! Sixteen Rights Parents May Not Know They Have

Can a parent question anything in their child's records? Can you refuse psychological testing? Can you observe your child’s current classroom(s) or request a particular school ? Know your Rights!

Parents can get help from the special education IEP team when a special needs student is bullied, or bullies. Special Education and Bullying- How To Get More Help

Parents can get help from the special education IEP team when a special needs student is bullied, or bullies.

Sometimes a special education meeting, aka an IEP, should be requested by a parent. Find out when. Special Education Meetings Are Powerful, When Should An IEP Be Requested?

Sometimes a special education meeting, aka an IEP, should be requested by a parent. Find out when.

School discipline can be imposed even if a student is innocent. When a student is up for school punishment, such as suspension or expulsion, everyone presumes they “did it.” But, what if the student did not? Why do schools suspend innocent students? Find out! Suspension and Expulsion of Innocent Students

School discipline can be imposed even if a student is innocent. When a student is up for school punishment, such as suspension or expulsion, everyone presumes they “did it.” But, what if the student did not? Why do schools suspend innocent students? Find out!

Did you know that teachers in California must report students for things they write which could show homicidal intent, in their journals, papers, or in other locations. Schools are now secret spies and this can lead to trouble for kids who scribble a weapon on a page or write a horror story. Teachers Must Now Spy And Report California Students Scary Writings

Did you know that teachers in California must report students for things they write which could show homicidal intent, in their journals, papers, or in other locations. Schools are now secret spies and this can lead to trouble for kids who scribble a weapon on a page or write a horror story.

Avoid these things at student expulsion hearings! Want To Fight A School Expulsion? Don't Do These Things!

Avoid these things at student expulsion hearings!

Tips on what to say at a student expulsion hearing to get a better result What To Say At A School Expulsion Hearing To Get A Better Outcome

Tips on what to say at a student expulsion hearing to get a better result

Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered
Q. My wife has some mental health problems and refuses to allow my 12 year old son to attend school. What can I do?
A: This is far more than a school issue- and seems like a family law matter, as educational rights may need to be determined.

Parents do have obligations for their kids to attend school or face truancy allegations, but there are options including private school, home school, charter schools, online schools, and the local public school, among others, but first there may need to be consensus.

https://edlaw4students.com/child-truant/

Good luck.

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Q. While completing FAFSA, it asks about my residence status. I am a refugee with a SSN, how to identify the date?
A: This would probably be a question for an Immigration Law attorney.

Please be advised that this does not constitute legal advice nor form an attorney client relationship. Nothing herein is confidential and it is advised that all legal questions be evaluated by a direct consultation with a licensed attorney outside of this forum in your state. No timelines are being evaluated. This communication may be seen as an advertisement or solicitation for services.
Q. Can you sue a school for causing emotional abuse to a child in special education?
A: This is certainly a complex question. In special education, there is a hearing process for special education disputes through the state, and there are compliance complaints that can be filed. There may be litigation options for damages that are not covered under this process.

Often special education matters can be handled without having to proceed that far.

However, if you are seeking only to litigate, the first step would be to evaluate this with a litigator who may take this type of case on.

https://edlaw4students.com/important-special-education-agencies/

Best of luck.

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