Recognizing the need for legal services dedicated to protecting students, professors and individuals with disabilities, Susan Stone founded the Education practice at MLCL. Susan spearheads the Education practice to handle matters ranging from special education issues, student disciplinary matters and Title IX investigations. Susan has the knowledge and experience required to navigate due process complaints and the shaping of 504 Plans and Individualized Education Programs. She also handles student matters involving hazing, bullying, and social media.
Susan has gained a national reputation for representing students and professors in campus Title IX cases. She is routinely hired as a student advisor for the campus investigation and hearing phase of proceedings and is also retained to handle subsequent university level appeals. Her talent as a student advisor has led to her representing Greek organizations and athletes, as wells as other professionals accused of sexual harassment. When cases do not resolve at the university level, she has experience fighting in state and federal courts around the country to obtain favorable outcomes for her clients.
Susan has a deep understanding of mental health and neurological disorders. She is particularly experienced working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which allows her to formulate creative defenses for those individuals with ASD facing discipline at school or being investigated by law enforcement. Susan is sensitive to the multiple challenges facing this growing population.
Given her experience representing individuals with mental health issues and the rise in students facing parallel criminal charges, Susan’s skills are frequently called upon in the criminal justice system. Susan partners with Kristina Supler to represent people of all ages charged with crimes in the state and federal systems. Their clients have faced a variety of charges ranging from misdemeanors to high-level felonies.
Susan is a nationally published author and blogger on topics related to education law. She has lectured on subjects that vary from Twice Exceptional Students, FERPA and the handling of educational records, and how to determine when behavioral issues arise out of disabilities of students. She has also spoken throughout the country at conferences on Title IX. Susan is regularly called upon by families and outside therapists to consult on legal matters affecting children.