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Denise Lowell-Britt

Denise Lowell-Britt

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Education

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About Me

I have  been practicing law at Udall Shumway since 1987 and have been a partner of the firm since 1993. I head the firm’s education law practice group and am very pleased to devote my practice entirely to representing school districts, charter schools and other public educational institutions.


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I provide daily advice and assistance to school districts and other public educational institutions. I represent and defend educational institutions in administrative and court proceedings. I advise and represent school districts and charter schools in matters that include: student disciplinary hearings, personnel issues, student records, governing board liability and open meeting issues. I have also given numerous in-service workshops to district personnel on a wide range of topics of importance to the educational operations of the districts and am a regular speaker to state-wide conferences.


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I have been named a “Top Education Attorney” by Phoenix Magazine and have been selected by my peers as a “Best Lawyer in America” in the specialty of Education Law.


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I have been a regular presenter at State-wide conferences and conduct a great many in-service and training programs for school personnel on a variety of topics relating to education law.  I have also authored articles for National and State publications on a variety of topics of interest to educators. Most recently, an article I authored on Report Cards and Transcripts for Students With Disabilities was published in the “Attorney’s Corner” of NAU’s eJournal of Education Policy.


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I am a member of the National School Board Association, Arizona School Boards Association and Arizona Council of School Attorneys. I have also been an adjunct faculty member for Arizona State University, teaching graduate level Education Law classes for the College of Education, Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  I have been on the steering committee for the Arizona School Administrators “Principal and the Law” conference for approximately 14 years.   I have also been a regular speaker at the annual law conferences sponsored by the Arizona School Boards Association and the Arizona Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).  In March 2009, I was presented with the Laura Ganoung Award, which is CASE’s highest award recognizing leadership in the area of special education.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Education: 100%
    28 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Candyce B Pardee

    I endorse this lawyer. I have great respect for her insights and clear ability to separate the wheat from the chaff. I often recommend that clients who have any issues in the area of special education or civil rights contact her.

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    Candyce Pardee Education Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Udall, Shumway PLC

1138 North Alma School Road
Suite 101
Mesa, AZ, 85201

Udall Shumway PLC

Phoenix Office (Tatum & Shea)
Phoenix, AZ, 85028

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
AZActive 198702/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyer in America - Education LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyer in America - Education LawBest Lawyer in America2014
Best Lawyer in America - Education LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyer in America - Education LawBest Lawyers in America2009
Laura Ganoung AwardArizona Council of Administrators in Special Education2009
Best Lawyer in America - Education LawBest Lawyer in America2008
Best Lawyer in America - Education LawBest Lawyer in America2007
Top Education AttorneyPhoenix Magazine2006
Neighbor of the Year AwardCity of Tempe, Arizona1999
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct Faculty - College of EducationArizona State University College Of Law2001 - 2003
Adjunct Faculty - College of EducationArizona State University College Of Law1999 - 1999
ShareholderUdall Shumway PLC1993 - Present
AttorneyUdall Shumway PLC1987 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Save The Family Foundation of ArizonaMember & Past President2010 - 2011
Arizona School AdministratorsSteering Committee - Principal and the Law Conference1997 - Present
Arizona Council of School AttorneysMember1995 - Present
National School Boards Association, Council of School AttorneysMember1995 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember1987 - Present
Arizona School Boards AssociationMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Attorney Corner, NAU eJournal of Education PolicyReport Cards and Transcripts for Students With Disabilities2009

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Cornell UniversityPublic Policy and Women's Studies (interdisciplinary major)BS - Bachelor of Science (cum laude)1980

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
School Defenses to Common Lawsuits SeminarState Laws Governing Education2012
CASE/CEC ConferenceHot Topics in Arizona - The Year in Review: Due Process Hearings & OCR Cases2012
ASPAA LuncheonBest Practices for Contract Language - Teachers Contracts and Classified Employees2012
Arizona State UniversitySpecial Education Basics2012
AEA Educational Law SeminarDifficult Students with Disabilities: What's a Teacher to do?2012
2012 AZCEC/AZCASE Annual ConferenceThe Common Core: What is so Common about Special Education2012
Summer Leadership AcademyUnique Interactive Law Conference2011
Kyrene Special Education Parent Advisory Council (KSEPAC)Working Effectively As a Team2011
Arizona School Administrators Conference“Principal and the Law” Conference2011
35th Annual School Law ConferenceHow a District Can Avoid the Long, Costly Reach of the OCR: Proactive Steps Every District Should Take2011
35th Annual School Law ConferenceHow a District Can Avoid the Long, Costly Reach of the Office for Civil Rights: Pro-Active Steps Every District Should Take2011
2011 ASBA Spring Legal SeminarsMaking Sense Out of the New Superintendent Performance Pay Mandate2011
National Business InstituteSpecial Education and the IDEA2010
ASBA Law ConferenceSpecial Education: A Primer for New Board Members2009